Competitive Edge Conformation Shot

Pago Querido Newest Winner for Competitive Edge

Pago Querido (3f Competitive Edge x Lefreakcestchic, by Bellamy Road) became the newest winner for Competitive Edge on Thursday with a Maiden Special Weight victory at Laurel.

Racing over seven furlongs, the filly broke strongly and quickly took the lead. The filly wasn’t shy about showing off her speed, opening over a length on the field. A rival attempted to close the gap in the turn but jockey Sheldon Russell was full of confidence as he let his reins out a notch.

Pago Querido had to dig in just before the wire as a rival cut her lead to half a length at the line but it was good enough for the Michael Stidham trainee to visit the winner’s circle.

Purchased for $235,000 at Keeneland’s 2-Year-old Sale last year by Larry Hirsch from Kirkwood Stables, Pago Querido was bred by Steven and Jane Long and is the second winner from two runners out of Lefreakcestchic.

The filly hails from the family of Grade I winners Val’s Prince and Goodbye Halo, Grade II winner Living Vicariously, Grade III winner With Distinction, and Grade II winner and Grade I-placed Sightseeing.

Among the leading freshman sires last year, Competitive Edge is the sire of 68 worldwide winners, four stakes winners, and 11 stakes horses from his first two crops.