Natural History (Competitive Edge) winning a Churchill Maiden

Natural History 46th Winner For Competitive Edge

Natural History (3c Competitive Edge x Rapid Ransom, by Red Ransom) surprised his competitors on Saturday when flying past them in the final strides to break his maiden at Churchill Downs.

Running wide throughout the six furlong dirt race, Natural History had only one horse beat for most of the race. The colt clicked into gear with a little over a furlong left to run and showed an impressive turn of foot when quickly advancing his position. He gained momentum as he approached the leaders and flew past them in only a few strides before adding 4 1/2 lengths to his margin at the wire and galloping out much the best.

Trained by Brenden Walsh for Walsh Racing, the colt was a $180,000 OBS April 2-year-old purchase from Eddie Woods and is the 46th worldwide winner for his sire.

The final foal from Group III-placed Rapid Ransom, the colt is a half-brother to Listed placed Ransomed Bride and Group II-placed Rare Ransom. Fourth in the Irish 1,000 Guineas, Rare Ransom is also the dam of Listed-placed Aktau.

One of the leading freshman sires by winners last year, Competitive Edge is quickly becoming a top value sire with four stakes winners and seven stakes horses from his first crop.