Algorithms out of Fountain of Youth after popping a splint

Starlight Racing’s Algorithms, the 8-to-5 morning-line favorite in today’s Grade II Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park, has been scratched from the race due to a popped splint in his right front leg.

“The colt has been training beautifully,” said trainer Todd Pletcher in a statement. “It’s an unfortunate situation. We’ll monitor him closely and see how he responds.”

Algorithms is unbeaten in three career starts and stamped himself as a top Kentucky Derby candidate when he defeated juvenile champion Hansen in the Grade III Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream on January 29. The son of Bernardini was expected to be the main challenger to Grade I winner Union Rags in Sunday’s 1 1/16-miles race.

Pletcher still has another Fountain of Youth entrant in Discreet Dancer, who is undefeated in two career starts. Discreet Dancer will be making his first start against stakes company.