09/19/2002 11:00PM

Added Edge has three to beat

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ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Added Edge will try to extend his unbeaten streak to three races as the heavy favorite in Sunday's $133,250 Swynford Stakes at Woodbine.

Just three others were entered in the seven-furlong dash, which has surprisingly lost its graded status, even though each of the last four winners of the race were voted Canada's champion 2-year-old.

Added Edge came from just off the pace to capture one of the quickest maiden 2-year-old dashes of the meeting on Aug. 8, when he ran 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:17.60.

Trainer Mark Casse was elated with Added Edge's debut, for which the colt was awarded a huge Beyer Speed Figure of 88.

"I was really impressed with his maiden win," Casse said. "I thought it was one of the best performances I've had by a 2-year-old. I hadn't really trained him very hard. He had been up here for less than a month after coming in from the farm, and had only breezed a couple of five-eighths."

Team Valor, a Kentucky-based partnership, purchased two-thirds of Added Edge from owner Robert Wilson after his maiden win.

Added Edge was sent off at 1-5 most recently, in the 6 1/2-furlong Silver Deputy Stakes. He stalked the pace along the rail on the backstretch, made a three-wide bid on the turn, and then drew off in the stretch to score by 8 1/4 lengths, earning a Beyer Speed Figure of 83.

"There wasn't a lot in his second race," Casse said. "Like in his first race, he was very professional. I'm really looking forward to seeing him catch a faster racetrack. He has a higher action, and I would think the deeper tracks he's had to deal with wouldn't necessarily be his best."

Casse was pleased with Added Edge's Friday workout under regular rider Patrick Husbands.

"He breezed five-eighths in 1:02 the other day," Casse said. "Patrick's comment to me after the work was that he's better than ever."

Casse also entered Whispered Warning, who won his only race, but said he might run the horse only if Added Edge had to be scratched.

"I bought him in June for $20,000, and we were high on him" Casse said. "We ran him for $62,500, but he won very easily. I think he'll improve, but I don't think he's in the same class as Added Edge."

Rounding out the field are Place All Bets, a maiden, and Canasta, who rallied belatedly to finish fourth after breaking very slowly in the Silver Deputy.

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