Competitive Edge was precocious enough to score by more than ten lengths over six furlongs at Saratoga in July 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 three-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.
In addition to winning at the top level and having the good looks to cost $750,000 as a 2yo at Fasig-Tipton, Competitive Edge is one of three G1 winners from the first crop by Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver.
He was trained, like his sire, by Todd Pletcher who stated that “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.”
A delighted 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.”
His fee will be announced at a later date.