01/05/2016 2:16PM

Added Edge to Raimonde Farms in Ohio for 2016


Added Edge, a perennial leading sire in Iowa, was purchased by Raimonde Farms in Wooster, Ohio, and will stand the 2016 breeding season for $1,500.

The 16-year-old son of Smart Strike entered stud in 2007 at Special K Stables in Runnells, Iowa, and had spent his entire stallion career there. He was Iowa’s overall leading sire by earnings from 2012 to 2014, and was the leader among those with state-sired runners in 2015.

“We were at Keeneland when one of his fillies sold for $18,000, and they seem to be pretty decent-sized,” farm manager Brian Raimonde said about the stallion’s foals. “The thing that’s impressive about him is they seem to be winning on the dirt and turf, from three-quarters to a mile.

“Right now, the Ohio program requires a lot of speed because none of the conditions races fill going longer than three-quarters,” he continued, “but there’s still plenty of stakes money for horses that want to run long, and as we get more babies on the ground, I look for those races to go longer than three-quarters.”

Added Edge has sired seven crops of racing age, with 61 winners and combined progeny earnings in excess of $3.5 million. His top runners include 2011 Iowa Horse of the Year Ginger Added, as well as stakes winners Rudy’s Edge, Nic a Jack, Lil’ Apollo, A Little Edgy, Ragged Edge, Cagey Rascal, and Sweetedge.

Added Edge was named Canada’s champion 2-year-old male in 2002, highlighting a career that included eight wins in 19 starts and earnings of $552,326. He won the Grade 3 Razorback Breeders’ Cup Handicap and Nashua Stakes, along with four non-graded stakes.

Bred in Kentucky by Gulf Coast Farms Bloodstock, Added Edge is out of the Grade 3-placed stakes-winning Mr. Redoy mare Sweet Nostalgia, whose five foals to race are all winners, including Grade 3-placed stakes winner Gold Memory and Grade 3-placed Congo King. His second dam is Puerto Rican champion Maritza.

Raimonde said Added Edge would take the place of the late Pacific Waves as a veteran presence on the farm’s stallion roster.

“He’s going to be our heavy hitter, for sure,” Raimonde said. “We’ve got a barn full of young [stallions] that are just getting started, and for that market, somebody that’s looking for a proven sire, he definitely fill the void that Pacific Waves left behind.”