Filly & Mare Sprint Division
BreederPope McLean, Valerie Blethen & DavidBlethen
Nearly 69 percent of Edgeway’s earnings have come in her 4-year-old season, when she has sprinted to three wins in four starts including her first graded score, the Rancho Bernardo Handicap (G3) at Del Mar in August.
The Rancho Bernardo was a milestone not only for Edgeway. With the win the filly became the first stakes winner born to her dam, Magical Solution. With $379,200 in the bank through August, Edgeway is the top earner in 2021 for her sire, Competitive Edge.
Edgeway has shown no reluctance to mix it up on the front end. As a 3-year-old she showed promise from the start, leading all the way to win her first race by 5 lengths. After two wins from four starts at 3 and an eight-month layoff, she started her 4-year-old season with two straight wins, including the listed Carousel Stakes at Oaklawn. In her only finish out of the money, she broke slowly, then went after the pacesetter in the Great Lady M Stakes (G2) at Los Alamitos. She settled for a well-beaten fourth behind that frontrunner — 2020 Eclipse Award Champion Female Sprinter Gamine.
Edgeway has been publicly auctioned twice, first for $35,000 to Erich Brehm out of the Keeneland 2017 November Breeding Stock Sale and then to Martin Anthony for $275,000 out of the OBS April 2019 Spring Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training.
Hronis Racing LLC owns Edgeway and, like the operation’s other runners, she is trained by John Sadler. Brothers Kosta and Pete Hronis earned the Eclipse Award as Outstanding Owner in 2018, the year their Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) winner Accelerate won five Grade 1 races and was named Eclipse Award Champion Older Dirt Male. He is Hronis Racing’s sole Breeders’ Cup winner from 18 entries. Among the others was Stellar Wind, second in the 2015 Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) and that year’s Eclipse Award Champion 3-Year-Old Filly.
Kosta and Pete Hronis are president and senior vice president sales and marketing, respectively, of the family business, Hronis, Inc., a California grower of table grapes and citrus that ship worldwide.
Sadler has trained 52 Breeders’ Cup entries, including Accelerate, who also is the trainer’s only winner in the World Championships. He has finished second with Stellar Wind and Switch in the 2010 and 2011 Filly & Mare Sprint (G1). A former show jumper equestrian, Sadler was assistant to trainer David Hofmans before opening his own stable at age 22 in 1978.