Updated on 09/17/2011 10:48AM

Added Edge out with fractured knee


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Trainer Mark Casse was at a loss to explain Added Edge's poor performance the day after the previously undefeated 3-year-old had finished last as the 9-5 favorite in last Saturday's Grade 3 Holy Bull Stakes. Now he can.

Added Edge has been diagnosed with a small fracture in his left knee, an injury that will require at least four months to heal.

"At least now I know why he went into the Holy Bull looking so good and training so good but ran so bad," Casse said when he confirmed the injury on Friday.

Casse said Added Edge had shown no ill effects in the first 48 hours after the Holy Bull.

"We were getting ready to send him back to the track three days after the race when I noticed he had a little more filling in his knee than I'd liked," said Casse. "So we took X-rays and discovered the fracture. It's an injury that will heal with time. We cannot do surgery. I'll probably be on the conservative side and give him a little extra time. I'd say it might be six to eight months before he'll race again."

Added Edge came into the Holy Bull as one of the most exciting 3-year-old prospects in the country after having won all four of his starts at 2, including Aqueduct's Nashua Stakes. A son of Smart Strike, he was also named the Sovereign Award winner as Canada's top 2-year-old of 2002. Added Edge is owned by Team Valor and Robert Wilson.

First Blush should like Hutcheson distance

First Blush, upset winner of the six-furlong Spectacular Bid Stakes on opening day, breezed five furlongs here Wednesday morning, his first work since the race. A son of French Deputy, First Blush is being pointed for the Grade 2 Hutcheson Stakes at seven furlongs on Feb. 15.

"I got him in 1:02 and change," said Allen Jerkens, who trains First Blush for owners Irving and Marjorie Cowan. "I didn't push on him after the Spectacular Bid because there was no point in training him for nothing, since there wasn't another race for him until the Hutcheson."

First Blush had won just 1 of 5 starts coming into the Spectacular Bid. He was a distant third behind Super Fuse in the Huntington Stakes to close out his 2-year-old campaign. He easily avenged that setback when he rallied from just off the pace to post a half-length decision over Crafty Guy in the Spectacular Bid, with Super Fuse finishing fifth as the 2-1 favorite.

"I thought his race in the Spectacular Bid was very good," said Jerkens. "And since he broke his maiden going seven furlongs, the distance for the next one should be no problem. The one thing I really like about this horse is the fact he's put on weight since we've been down here, which is a good sign with young horses, especially when they've been running hard."

Jerkens could also hold a strong hand in next Saturday's $100,000 Old Hat Stakes for 3-year-old fillies with House Party and Kitty Knight.

"If they're both doing well I'll probably run both of them," Jerkens said. "House Party just didn't get away on time in her last start here, and that's just not a good idea going five furlongs. Kitty Knight has won both her starts and I'm pretty sure she'll eventually turn out to be a real nice filly. She was coughing some when we first came down, which is why I haven't run her until now."

The Old Hat is the local race that suffered the most from the Sunshine Millions program. With the $250,000 Sunshine Millions Oaks at Santa Anita taking some fillies who could have run in the Old Hat, only 11 were nominated to the race. Other potential starters include Chimchurri, Ebony Breeze, Follow Me Home, and Glorious Miss.

Ciardullo ponders options for Super Fuse

Super Fuse, who rebounded from his poor effort in the Spectacular Bid to win the seven-furlong Pasco Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs on Jan. 18, remains a possible contender for the Hutcheson.

"I hadn't planned on running him in Tampa," said Richard Ciardullo, who trains Super Fuse for the C.T. Stable. "It was a last minute decision, but his bad race here threw me such a curve ball it kind of made me divert my plans a little bit."

Super Fuse had to work hard to win the Pasco, turning back a strong bid from Hear No Evil through the stretch before notching his fifth victory from seven career starts.

"He came back from Tampa with a little fever but he's all right now," said Ciardullo. "Right now I'm up in the air about the Hutcheson. I'll see how he trains and who goes into the race."

Ciardullo also said the Southwest Stakes, a mile race at Oaklawn Park March 1, is another option for Super Fuse.

Unseasonably cold weather

The extremely cold weather was a hot topic of conversation on the Gulfstream Park backstretch Friday morning, when the temperature hovered just above freezing and the wind chills were in the low 20's during training hours.

"It was pretty cold, but it's not the coldest day I remember down here," said Jerkens, who has been coming to Gulfstream during the winter since 1946. "New Year's Day 1988. That was the worst. I remember it was spitting snow when we got to the barn that morning."

Jane Turner, assistant trainer and exercise rider for Dave Donk, said the cold was nothing like some of the weather she has endured galloping horses up north.

"It's been much worse than this at Saratoga in May and October or even in Keeneland in April," said Turner. "I guess the main thing about this kind of weather at Gulfstream is that we don't expect it down here. As long as my feet don't get cold when I'm galloping I don't mind it too much. And the best thing is that I know in a day or so it will be 70 again."