09/07/2013 1:36PM

Mountaineer: Our Edge dips to lowest class level of his career in Monday optional claimer


As a 3-year-old, Our Edge was talented enough to win a Grade 3 stakes by seven lengths, he led the Grade 1 Travers after a half-mile, and was in front through the first six furlongs of the Grade 2 Pennsylvania Derby. Those performances all came four years ago, however, and at age 7, Our Edge is just 1 for 12 over the past two seasons.

Trainer Joe Woodard nevertheless was willing to claim Our Edge on behalf of Billy, Donna, and Justin Hays for $16,000 during the spring meet at Churchill Downs. Four months later, Our Edge ships to Mountaineer for one of five allowance races on Monday night’s 10-race card.

Our Edge will be running for the optional $15,000 tag – the lowest of his 33-race career – in a six-furlong sprint that also is open to first-level allowance runners.

Our Edge’s first start for his new connections, a fourth-place finish against $20,000 claimers last month at Ellis Park, produced a 70 Beyer Speed Figure that is almost equal to the Beyer par of 71 for Monday night’s level of competition at Mountaineer. Our Edge also missed by a head while running for a $16,000 tag at Oaklawn Park in April.

Woodard’s five-year record with horses making their second start off the claim and second start following a layoff (10 for 41, 24 percent) is nearly identical to his record shipping from Kentucky to Mountaineer this season (10 for 44, 23 percent). Looking at only claiming races between $10,000 and $40,000, Woodard is 3 for 7 (43 percent), with a $2.49 return on investment.

The most dangerous of the seven rivals Our Edge faces might be the 3-year-old Kenny’s Lake. That horse will be making his second start off a claim by trainer Tim Glyshaw and his first start since mid-July. From a small sampling, Glyshaw is 3 for 6 (50 percent), with a $3.26 ROI, with horses making their second start off the claim following a break of 31 to 60 days.

◗ The richest of the allowances on the card comes in the opener, a seven-furlong turf race worth $28,400 for nonwinners of four races. Woodard will send out Southpaw Slammer, who romped for a $50,000 claiming tag while going 6 1/2 furlongs on Keeneland’s Polytrack in the spring and won an allowance sprinting on the Tapeta surface at Presque Isle Downs in July.

Laura More than 1 year ago
Nick Zito ruined Our Edge by throwing him to the wolves too soon in the Travers, he's never been the same since, and has never lived up to the potential he showed...who knows what would have happened, had Zito and LaPenta been patient and taken him up through the ranks slower? (same was done to Unstoppable U sent into the Belmont, and hopefully, Midnight Taboo will recover from the same)