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An Algorithms colt bred by Claiborne Farm, Recruiting Ready was purchased for $240,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Florida Select 2 year old in training sale in March 2016.
Two months later, he made his debut, and showed bettors the way to the finish line at Old Hilltop with a 10-1/4 length victory as the 3-5 favorite. He was then shipped into Churchill Downs for the Bashford Manor (G3). The odds on favorite in a field of nine, Recruiting Ready broke on top and maintained a 3-1/2 length lead into the stretch but was run down by subsequent champion juvenile Classic Empire, finishing nine lengths ahead of the show horse.
In his third start, Recruiting Ready was made the odds on favorite again for the Saratoga Special Stakes (G2). He broke well and had a 3-1/2 length lead at the top of the stretch before being run down by subsequent Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) winner Gunnevera. Recruiting Ready finished nearly 14 lengths ahead of the show horse, but was disqualified for interference at the half mile pole.
His connections decided not to give him a layoff as they shipped Recruiting Ready once again to Churchill Downs for the Iroquois (G3) and he went off as the second choice to the favorite Not This Time. Recruiting Ready was no match for Not This Time as he finished third, a full 8 lengths behind the winner.
Recruiting Ready was turned out for three months after running four times between May and September 2016, and shipped south to winter at Palm Meadows Training Center. He returned Dec. 10 for the Buffalo Man Stakes at Gulfstream Park, finishing third, and a month later he finished last in the Mucho Macho Man Stakes at Gulfstream Park.
Recruiting Ready was then given a layoff and shipped to Laurel Park, where he was placed in a six furlong allowance optional claiming, which he won in a very nice time of 1:09.1.
It appears Recruiting Ready’s connections have opted out of the keeping him on the Kentucky Derby trail and he may be set for the Preakness (G1).
|3rd||Iroquois Stakes||III||1 1/16 Miles||Dirt||Sep 17, 2016|
|2nd||Bashford Manor Stakes||III||6 Furlongs||Dirt||Jul 2, 2016|