Competitive Edge is confirmed for the Woody Stephens and will be joined by stable mate Two Weeks Off, according to Todd Pletcher.
Competitive Edge was possible to take on older rivals for the first time in the Met Mile. Pletcher said that, in light of rider availability and weight assignments, the son of Super Saver will run against his peers instead. As the lone sophomore in consideration for the Met Mile, Competitive Edge was assigned the field's low weight at 111 pounds.
"With a low weight like that you also have to have a jockey that you're confident in and can do the weight," Pletcher said. "And with Johnny committed to Tonalist, we felt like we'd just face 3-year-olds for now. His record kind of speaks for itself. He's been consistently good in all his starts. He's trained very well."
Competitive Edge will likely be joined in the Woody Stephens by stable mate Two Weeks Off for Starlight Racing, according to Pletcher.
Two Weeks Off, who is also nominated to the 1 1/16-mile Easy Goer, has won twice at the Woody Stephens distance, including an impressive 6 1/2-length victory in an April 4 allowance race at Keeneland. The Harlan's Holiday colt made his stakes debut in the 1 1/8-mile Peter Pan, in which he finished third, 2 1/2 lengths behind fellow Pletcher trainee and Belmont Stakes contender Madefromlucky.
"Two Weeks Off had an impressive win on the Beard course, which is basically seven furlongs," said Pletcher. "In the Peter Pan, it seemed like he might've been a little too fresh going a mile and an eighth, he kind of pulled a little bit in the first part. He still ran well for his first try in a stakes but we figured backing him up to seven eighths made sense."
Pletcher said that Velazquez will have the mount on Competitive Edge, while Javier Castellano is slated to ride Two Weeks Off.
In Belmont Stakes news, Pletcher said he'll announce jockeys for his three runners on Tuesday.
Edited NYRA release