Trained by Dale Romans, Added Edge was winless in two starts in optional claimers last year at Oaklawn Park. He made his return to Hot Springs from Florida on Sunday a successful one, running down a solid field of graded stakes horses as the 5-2 second choice.The victory by Added Edge, a 5-year-old son of Smart Strike owned by Team Valor Stables and Robert J. Wilson, capped a weekend stakes double for jockey Quinonez. On Saturday, Quinonez won the $175,000 Azeri Breeders' Cup on Injustice.Added Edge earned $75,000 for the victory, his eighth in 19 career starts. He has banked $552,326.The final time was 1:43 4/5 for the 1 1/6-mile test of older horses.Mauk Four, who made the pace (:23, :46 3/5, 1:12, 1:37 2/5) under Jeffery Burningham, just barely held and failed to last the distance, holding on gamely for second in the 10-horse field, three-quarters of a length before Essex Handicap (gr. III) winner Absent Friend, who closed sharply from well behind.Added Edge paid $7.40, $4.60 and $2.80, teaming with Mauk Four ($14.40, $6.20) for an exacta of $99.60. Absent Friend, Roman Chapa aboard, was $4.20 to show and rounded out a trifecta of $565.80.Clays Awesome, River Mountain Rd, The Lady's Groom, Separato, Intelligent Male, Gigawatt and Purge completed the order.Purge, who, like the winner, was shipped from Florida for the race, made a middle move to reach contention, but faded through the stretch to finish dead last as the even-money favorite.
Mauk Four, second in the Essex two starts back, jumped to the lead from the one-hole, and turned back several challenges before succumbing to Added Edge in the final yards. Added Edge, with clear sailing in the middle of the track, made a powerful five-wide move on the second turn, and gradually wore down the leader.Quinonez became the ninth different rider in the chestnut's last 10 starts for the well-traveled Added Edge, who won last year's Schaefer Mile at Hooser Park. The Kentucky-bred Added Edge, who was produced by the Mr. Redoy mare Sweet Nostalgia, won for the third time in six starts since transferring to Roman's stable last summer from Ralph Nicks.(Chart, Equibase)