09/17/2014 5:01PM

Competitive Edge to miss rest of 2014

Barbara D. Livingston
Competitive Edge wins the Grade 1 Hopeful Stakes on Sept. 1 at Saratoga.

Competitive Edge, the leading 2-year-old male on the East Coast, if not the country, sustained a hairline fracture to his left foreleg and will miss the remainder of his juvenile season, trainer Todd Pletcher said Wednesday.

The injury is not career-threatening, and Pletcher said he believes the horse will be back early enough in his 3-year-old season to attempt to get onto the Triple Crown trail. Pletcher said Competitive Edge will be out of training for 60 days.

“It’s only a big deal at the moment because he’s a sensational 2-year-old, very talented, and we were looking forward to some big races this fall,” said Pletcher, who was pointing Competitive Edge to the Grade 1 Champagne at Belmont on Oct. 4. “The timing of it is such that he could be back early enough in his 3-year-old year that it would allow him to have a couple of significant prep races before the spring classics.”

A son of the Pletcher-trained Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver, Competitive Edge won both of his starts at Saratoga impressively. On July 26, he won a six-furlong maiden race by 10 1/4 lengths, running six furlongs in 1:09.89. On Sept. 1, he galloped to a 5 3/4-length victory in the Grade 1 Hopeful over the previously undefeated stakes winner I Spent It.

Pletcher said Competitive Edge came back from a Sunday gallop at Belmont Park “a little off.” X-rays revealed the hairline fracture. The horse was shipped to Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky., where Dr. Larry Bramlage performed surgery, which included the insertion of two screws, Pletcher said.

Pletcher said Competitive Edge arrived at Ashford Stud in Kentucky late Tuesday afternoon and will convalesce there before joining him later this year in south Florida.

“Larry was optimistic that in 60 days he would be able to resume training,” Pletcher said. “The fracture compressed perfectly, and it should not affect his return to racing.”

Pletcher had been as high on Competitive Edge as any 2-year-old he had trained, including champions Uncle Mo and Shanghai Bobby.

“It’s frustrating because he’s been absolutely perfect every day,” Pletcher said. “It’s somewhat shocking to see him come back off from a gallop. Thankfully, it didn’t happen in a timed workout. It could have been more significant.”

Competitive Edge was purchased for $750,000 at the Fasig-Tipton March select sale of 2-year-olds by Alex Solis Jr. on behalf of owners Nancy Favreau and Kathy Psoinos. Following his maiden victory, Coolmore’s Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith, and Susan Magnier purchased an interest in Competitive Edge.

Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Get a life The Horse got hurt .Tell me one trainer that has not had any horses get hurt. He will get the rest and care he needs.
Frank Reach More than 1 year ago
Well the good news is CE will be back as a 3 year old. And let's face it...that's really what matters. I do NOT agree with all the Pletcher bashing. I truly think Mr. Pletcher does a great job and just because he has by far the best stock in both volume and potential in the game, only means he will have the most stock get injured along the way. Do the Pletcher bashers really think ANY horse is in better hands with others that I won't name that are way over rated, with good stock, and on race day get beaten by Pletcher all the time. All I can say is I'm rooting for Competitive Edge to come back sound and silence those of you that love to bash.
Stephen Jeffers More than 1 year ago
Mr Tabor can NOT be pleased !!
michael More than 1 year ago
Its a big deal cause another horse of yours is injured. And were sick of it.
mike More than 1 year ago
Kevin More than 1 year ago
up to I looked at the check saying $4286 , I didn't believe that my mom in-law realey receiving money parttime at their computer. . there friends cousin has done this for under twenty two months and resently cleared the dept on there condo and purchased Chevrolet . official website,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, WWW.YUJOBS.COM
andre johnson More than 1 year ago
Toddie wrecks another one..oh well..
mike More than 1 year ago
Exactly! Seen this movie before,like how many times from Pletcher?
Vince Lentini More than 1 year ago
silly statement.....only cause pletcher has top horses is this even in the news.........
mike More than 1 year ago
So,you don't agree it seems to be a pattern with your hero?
Chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Mike, this IS the same pattern as Algorithms - That Julia filly, and I can't remember how many others. Impossible worktabs, then they win as runoffs by way too many lengths and then it's off to Bramlage. I thought this was the guy that ran his hand down every leg. He's a menace to young horses but as long as the owners and insurance companies can stand it, nothing is gonna change.
mike More than 1 year ago
Chad, Your post are always well written and convey knowledge. I totally agree with you.
Patricia Adamo More than 1 year ago
OH NO! Horrible news! I was really looking forward to his next races. He is so talented. Seems like the better they are, the more they hurt themselves by trying so hard.
Stephen Jeffers More than 1 year ago
Patricia...rule of thumb. Do NOT get attached to any Pletcher horses
thomas j More than 1 year ago
The number of Pletcher's top-notch horses that go down cannot be denied. And these are just the ones we read/find out about. How many of his young ones go down during morning workouts when he pits one horse against another? 100/year? "Scrape him off the track, send me another yearling from the farm to take his place."
Mark More than 1 year ago
Honor Code ? Poof!! Top Billing ? Whats up shuggie hard ons ? Poof!!! Chitu? Midnight Hawk ? Baffy lovers?
mike More than 1 year ago
FYI,I'm not a fan of Baffert's either. Do you always go out of your way to be a tool?
Mike Susan Rullo More than 1 year ago
another pletcher injury, wow !!!! what's going on with this guy????