Competitive Edge

Jacobson Runner Collapses Post Race At Aqueduct

David Jacobson's Bowl of Cherries (Speightster) collapsed and died on the horse path following her sixth-place finish in Thursday's second race at the Belmont at Aqueduct meeting. Making her 32nd lifetime start, the 5-year-old mare went off favored at 6-5 but was never a factor in a $25,000 claiming race eventually won by Beautiful Karen (Competitive Edge). Bowl of Cherries was also owned by Jacobson but had a claim voided on her following the race. "Following the running of Race 2 at Aqueduct on Thursday, Bowl of Cherries (#3) collapsed...

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Practical Joke Colt Tops Texas Yearling Sale

GRAND PRAIRIE, TX - A colt by Practical Joke brought $110,000 to top Monday's single-session Texas Thoroughbred Association (TTA) Summer Yearling Sale at Lone Star Park. By the numbers, a total of 175 yearlings sold for $3,240,000. The figures represented a decrease from 2022 when 161 sold for a record $3,416,000 in gross receipts. This term, the average was $18,542, while the median was $11,000 and 77 horses reported not sold. Foster Bridewell, Director of Horse Sales for the TTA, said of the auction, "Three of our top five offerings were...

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Ryvit Takes Chick Lang, Favored Havnameltdown Euthanized

The day's graded stakes action at Pimlico got off inauspicious start with the injury and subsequent euthanasia of 4-5 choice Havnameltdown (Uncaptured) in the GIII Chick Lang S. Havnameltdown appeared flat-footed at the start but sped into contention as 5-1 Ryvit (Competitive Edge) assumed the helm through a :22.23 opening quarter. Exiting the far turn, the favorite took a bad step, unseating jockey Luis Saez and leaving the front-runner in the clear as 5-2 second choice Super Chow (Lord Nelson) found himself in a very wide second. Several lengths ahead...

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2023 Mating Plans, Presented By Spendthrift: Pin Oak

With the 2023 season upon us, the TDN staff is once again sitting down with leading breeders to find out what stallions they have chosen for their mares, and why. Dana and Jim Bernhard purchased Pin Oak Stud just outside of Versailles, Kentucky late last year, inaugurating a new chapter in its storied history. Here is what Farm Manager Jeff Danford had to say about their broodmare band for 2023. BROADWAY LADY (m, 6, Constitution--Livi Makenzie) booked to Munnings This mare, purchased late last year, is a very attractive daughter...

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Miles Ahead Voted Claiming Crown Horse of the Year

Miles Ahead (g, 5, Competitive Edge--Jennie R., by Awesome Again), winner of last term's GIII Smile Sprint Invitational S. and the Claiming Crown Rapid Transit, has been named the 2021 Claiming Crown Horse of the Year. The honor is voted on by the National HBPA's Industry Awards Committee, chaired by Todd Mostoller from the Pennsylvania HBPA. Miles Ahead will be recognized at the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA) annual awards dinner on Sept. 10. The Claiming Crown--designed to give the blue-collar workhorses their own championship day--is sponsored by the...

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'Competitive' Affair in Forward Gal

John Minchello's Competitive Speed (Competitive Edge) will put her three-race win streak on the line when she makes her debut in graded company in Saturday's GIII Forward Gal S. at Gulfstream Park. "This is going to be a big test, but I think she can make it," trainer Javier Gonzalez said. "She's doing good and she is one of those horses that is never going to make you look bad," he added. "I think she's going to run a very good race." Competitive Speed, sixth facing open maidens in the...

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Competitive Edge to Valor Farm in Texas

Competitive Edge (Super Saver--Magdalena's Chase, by Cape Town), winner of the 2014 GI Hopeful S. at Saratoga and a nationally ranked first- and second-crop sire over the past two years, was purchased by Douglas Scharbauer to stand at Valor Farm in Texas. He previously stood at Ashford Stud in Kentucky. His 2021 fee will be $5,000. Competitive Edge, who also covered mares in the Southern Hemisphere while with Ashford, was North America's sixth ranked first-crop sire with more than $1.3 million in progeny earnings in 2019. He is currently ranked...

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Competitive Edge Firster Wins at Gulfstream

4th-Gulfstream, $38,000, Msw, 5-3, 3yo/up, 6f, 1:11.86, ft. COMPETITIVE SAINT (g, 3, Competitive Edge--W W Old School, by Royal Academy) was sent off at 6-1 in this unveiling. The bay gelding pressed the pace through an opening quarter in :22.33 and powered to a clear advantage through a half in :45.77. He drifted out slightly down the lane, but maintained a 1 1/2-length advantage to the wire. Getthe Muny Bernie (Munnings) was second. A $60,000 KEENOV weanling, Competitive Saint was purchased by SGV Thoroughbreds for $90,000 at the 2018 Fasig...

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Competitive Edge Exacta in Saratoga's Stillwater S.

My Italian Rabbi (Competitive Edge), a sharp debut winner versus state-breds at Belmont Park May 30, became the first stakes winner while leading home a one-two finish for her freshman sire (by Super Saver) in Saratoga's Stillwater S. for New York-breds Thursday. The fourth choice in the five-horse field pressed favored 'TDN Rising Star' Fierce Lady (Competitive Edge), a $725,000 RNA at last week's FTKJUL Sale, from the outside through an opening quarter in :22.64. My Italian Rabbi poked her head in front approaching the quarter pole and outdueled the...

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