RECRUITNG READY (ALGORITHMS) NOTCHES MEMORABLE STAKES WIN ON PREAKNESS DAY

Posted On May 22, 2017

Recruiting Ready notched his third consecutive victory of 2017 by taking the Chick Lang Stakes at Pimlico on Preakness Day, which made the 3-year-old Algorithms colt’s victory even sweeter for his connections.

Owned by Kevin Plank’s Sagamore Farm, which is Maryland-based, Recruiting Ready led from start to finish in the Chick Lang, clicking off opening fractions of :22.98 and :45.96 before going on to win the six furlong sprint in a final time of 1:10.35. The bay colt was never truly challenged as he pulled away to win by 3 ¾ lengths with jockey Horacio Karamanos aboard. Horacio DePaz trains the stakes winner.

“It’s a big significance for myself because I just started training,” DePaz said. “Having Kevin (Plank) and being in Baltimore here, it means a lot for us to be able to win a race like this for him. The horse does best when he’s on the lead. We kind of let him free run a little bit. If you take too much hold of him, he really isn’t going to settle. He’s a strong horse.”

Bred by Claiborne Farm, Recruiting Ready has always showed exceptional promise and a fondness for Pimlico. In 2016, he made his racing debut there and put in a jaw-dropping performance, winning by 10 ¼ lengths. Recruiting Ready was named a TDN Rising Star for that effort. He has since gone on to become a multiple stakes winner, is multiple graded stakes placed, and has earned $308,765.

Algorithms, an undefeated graded stakes-winning son of Bernardini, was ranked #1 in his crop by Rate of Return. His 2016 yearlings averaged more than eight times his stud fee, bringing prices up to $220,000, while his 2-year-olds have fetched up to $180,000 at auction. Algorithms stands at Claiborne for a fee of $7,500.