Grade 1 Hopeful Stakes winner Competitive Edge has been retired and will stand at Coolmore's Ashford Stud in 2016. A stud fee will be announced at a later date.
The son of Super Saver was precocious enough to score by more than ten lengths over six furlongs at Saratoga in July 2014 and was just as impressive when upped to seven furlongs in the G1 Hopeful Stakes, scoring by nearly six lengths. These efforts earned him 121 on the Experimental Free Handicap.
He went on to extend his unbeaten record to four as a 3-year-old, taking the seven-furlong Tamarac Stakes and the G3 Pat Day Mile on Derby day, the latter at Churchill Downs in stakes record time bettering that of Ack Ack in 1969.
Following the Pat Day, Competitive Edge finished off the board in his final three career starts: the G2 Woody Stevens at Belmont, the G1 Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park behind Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, and the G1 King's Bishop at Saratoga.
In addition to winning at the top level and having the good looks to cost $750,000 as a 2-year-old at Fasig-Tipton Florida, Competitive Edge is one of three Grade 1 winners from the first crop by Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver.
He was trained, like his sire, by Todd Pletcher who stated: “Competitive Edge was a push-button horse from day one and was exceptionally talented. He had early speed, a fantastic temperament and is a very good looking individual – all the attributes to make an impact as a stallion, just like his sire.”
Competitive Edge raced for Nancy Favreau and Kathy Psoinos in his career debut, after which Michael B. Tabor became a partner. Produced from the multiple stakes placed Cape Town mare Magdalena's Chase, Competitive Edge was bred in Kentucky by WinStar Farm.
Ashford Stud manager Dermot Ryan commented, “As a juvenile he won the Hopeful in the fastest time since 2001 and this year he broke the stakes record for a mile at Churchill Downs. He is a lovely horse and I think breeders will be very impressed when they see him. He's at the farm and available for inspection.”
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