Long Layoffs Not a Problem for Algorithms and Adios Charlie

Promising juveniles Algorithms and Consortium clashed today in the 3rd race at Gulfstream. Algorithms (Bernardini—Ava Knowsthecode, by Cryptoclearance) was making just his second start and his first in six months. Today’s race was also Consortium’s (Bernardini—Marietta, by Machiavellian) second start. Despite the six month layoff, Algorithms was much the best while prevailing late. Seven Kind set the pace at the break, zipping through opening fractions of 22.19 for the quarter and 44.82 for the half. Consortium, who had pressed the pace on the outside of Seven Kind, took over in the stretch but was caught at the sixteenth pole by Algorithms. The winner stopped the clock at 1:15.51 for the 6 ½ furlong allowance optional claiming race. Consortium finished second, a length behind Algorithms, and Seven Kind held on for third. Distort This, Rex’s Last Tour, and Two Is to Many ran fourth, fifth, and sixth respectively. The Todd Pletcher trainee’s win was his second in as many starts.


Six races later G2 Jerome Stakes winner Adios Charlie (Indian Charlie—Teak Totem, by Northern Afleet) squared off with Uptowncharlybrown (Limehouse—La Iluminada, by Langfuhr), a veteran of the 2010 Road to the Roses. Like Algorithms, Adios Charlie was making his first start after a significant layoff; earlier in the year, the colt had been sidelined with a stress fracture that was detected after his runner-up effort in the G2 Dwyer. The two met up in a mile allowance optional claiming race that originally included Harlan’s Holiday Stakes runners Our Dark Knight and Zimmer, who was an also-eligible entrant. The three-year old son of Indian Charlie, who was euthanized on December 15 after battling cancer for some time, was sent off as the favorite in the nine horse field and broke from the ten slot. Adios Charlie stalked pacesetter Guns and Religion, who set moderate fractions of 23.99 for the quarter and 46.84 for the half. Adios Charlie took over in the stretch and drew clear under a hand ride by jockey Javier Castellano to stop the clock at 1:35.70. Praetereo closed from the back of the field to finish 3 ¼ lengths behind the winner in second. Andersonstate, who had sat off the pace in second, tired after gaining a brief lead nearing the stretch but held on for third, 5 ¼ lengths ahead of fourth place finisher Uptowncharlybrown, who had been sent off as the second favorite. Megalith, Primary Witness, Power Rules, Guns and Religion, and Clean Shot, who never lifted a hoof while trailing throughout, rounded out the field. Today’s victory made Adios Charlie 3-3-0 in 6 career starts.


What the Nation is saying about Long Layoffs Not a Problem for Algorithms and Adios Charlie...

Finally! Algorithms is back!!!!! :D
Depends on the horse, I say. Boys at Tosconova managed a third after his layoff. Awesome Feather is probably the poster child for horses not being affected by layoffs, though.
Nowadays layoffs are no worry at all!
It's really too bad that Adios Charlie did not end up on the Triple Crown trail.
I thought they both looked great ... could be a big winter for both of them.


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Despite growing up in a non-horse racing state, Ashley has been a fan of the sport since a young age. Her love for horse racing was fostered through the kids’ book series Thoroughbred by Joanna Campbell, and it was her love of reading and horses that led her to educate herself on the ins and outs of the sport. Since becoming actively involved in the industry just a few short years ago, Ashley has had the opportunity to meet many important players in the industry, attend the Eclipse Awards, see personal favorite Mucho Macho Man race twice in person, and get to personally meet and befriend many of the fantastic fans and horsemen involved in the sport.


Before joining Horse Racing Nation, Ashley created her own blog Wired with Ashley Paige. The idea to venture into the world of blogging came to her when she realized that she had much to say about horse racing and no one to say it to at the time. Since joining Horse Racing Nation as a contributing blogger, Ashley writes as frequently as possible as the Florida Filly. Though she mainly covers racing in South Florida, Ashley also blogs about nationwide racing, industry issues, and from time to time offers her opinion on how various changes could be beneficial to the industry as a whole. Most recently, Ashley was selected to participate in the NTRA Top Thoroughbred Polls.


An alumni of Macon State College, Ashley lives in Central Georgia with her husband Chris and their two sons Charlie and Michael. When she is not covering the races, Ashley works with insurance claims, a job she is able to do from home in order to spend as much time as possible with her family. Aside from horse racing, Ashley is passionate about football, reading, and history and hopes to someday author a historical work covering the Tudor period as well as biographies of horse racing’s stars, equine and human alike.