Added Edge Romps in Four-Horse Swynford

(From track report)
There were only four horses in Sunday's $133,250 Swynford Stakes for 2-year-olds at Woodbine Sunday, but as far as Mark Casse, trainer of the winning Added Edge, is concerned, it didn't matter how many ran.

That's how good Added Edge may be, judging by his powerful performance, a romping 4 3/4-length winner over Canasta in the seven furlong stakes race.

Pacesetter Whispered Warning, the other half of the Casse entry, finished third. The winner was timed in 1:23.33 over a track listed as "fast."

It was the third consecutive win and second stakes triumph for the unbeaten chestnut son of Smart Strike. He's now co-owned by Barry Irwin's Team Valor and Robert Wilson after being purchased by Casse at the Ocala 2-year-olds in training sale in April for a paltry $27,000. Wilson sold two-thirds to Team Valor after the colt's smashing maiden debut Aug. 8.

He then captured the Silver Deputy Stakes at Woodbine on Sept. 1 by a widening eight lengths.

Casse indicated he wasn't 100 percent positive the horse would go to the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) Oct. 26 at Arlington Park.

"I'm not sure," said Casse. "Barry, Mr. Wilson and I will talk about it. I'd say probably not."

As for the Swynford, Added Edge took over from Whispered Warning turning for home, when jockey Patrick Husbands eased him to the front and then hand rode the colt to the wire.

"I think Added Edge probably could have been on the lead at any point in time," continued Casse. "He's very good. I'm really excited about him but I'm probably as equally excited about (stablemate) Gigawatt. Actually I really believe (Added Edge) is doing something he really doesn't want to do right now ... sprinting. If you look at him, he's a long, kind of light horse, doesn't look like a sprinter. So, a mile and a quarter, I hope."

Added Husbands, "I just wanted to get my horse to run out of there. He's a decent little baby so I was hoping he'd handle the track. Throughout the whole race I had a lot of horse. I was just waiting on (jockey) Constant (Montpellier, aboard second choice Canasta). I may have been on the best horse, but you've got to be careful you don't get caught sleeping."

Added Edge picked up $83,947.50 for the win, pushing his earnings to $184,507.50. As the prohibitive 1-9 choice, Added Edge paid $2.10 to win, (there was no place or show wagering), combining with Canasta for a $3.60 exacta.

(Chart, Equibase)

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