Saintsation Gives Competitive Edge Oaks Day Winner
It was a third winner in three days for Competitive Edge when Saintsation (3f Competitive Edge x Daddy’s Lil Saint, by Scat Daddy) broke her maiden at Churchill Downs on the Kentucky Oaks undercard.
Racing seven furlongs under Brian Hernandez Jr., Saintsation broke sharply and raced just behind the leader in a clear second. Hernandez dropped his hands a tad around the far turn and the filly steadily made her way to race head-and-head with the leader.
By the top of the stretch it was obvious Saintsation had the leader’s number and it didn’t take long for her to go to the front.
Given a few taps as soon as she grabbed it, Hernandez felt confident enough in his mount to let Saintsation coast to a 2½ length victory for owner Naveed Chowhan and trainer Bernard Flint.
Bred by McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds and Spruce Lane Farm in New York, Saintsation was a $110,000 2-year-old purchase last year by West Bloodstock at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-Year-Olds In Training Sale.
The filly is the first foal from Scat Daddy’s winning daughter Daddy’s Lil Saint, a half-sister to multiple stakes winner Clear Pasaj. Saintsation comes from the family of Group I winners Treizieme and Bequest with stakes winners on multiple continents gracing her page.
One of the top sires of his generation, Competitive Edge is again proving to be the biggest value of second crop sires with 57th worldwide winners including nine stakes horses and four stakes winners.