Shawn Collins, Mare Solutions
ALGORITHMS, Claiborne Farm, $5,000
As we know, the breeding component is essential to the overall investment of our clients, and I have found that booking mares early is the key in the competitive race to winning coveted breeding nominations.
One sire I’m particularly high on this year is Algorithms. Few horses have the distinction of retiring both a graded stakes winner and undefeated. Added to that accolade is the fact he is by classic winner and emerging broodmare sire Bernardini.
I remember watching Algorithms defeat champion Hansen by five lengths in the GIII Holy Bull S. I believe he can add both speed and precocity to mares.
A fourth crop sire standing at Claiborne Farm for a bargain $5,000, he is represented by 77% winners and 11% stakes horses from lifetime starters. Algorithms is the sire for people who like to win! His winning percentage is on par or better than the nation’s most elite sires. That’s pretty impressive considering his value-sire status.
In 2018, Algorithms sired 10 stakes horses, including three-time 2-year-old stakes winner Taylor’s Spirit. His other lifetime stakes winners include Rich Mommy, winner of the 2017 GIII Sugar Swirl S., and multiple stakes winner Recruiting Ready.
Algorithms could be poised for a profitable year in 2019. His son Value Play, a $300,000 2-year-old owned by Kaleem Shah, broke his maiden impressively when going 5 1/2 furlongs on a sloppy track Los Alamitos in December. Trainer Simon Callaghan remarked at the close of 2018 that he was one of the best 2-year-olds in his barn.
With Algorithms’s notable winners-from-starters and stakes horses percentages, I wouldn’t be surprised if he soon sails north in the stallion ranks.