My Italian Rabbi (Competitive Edge) winning the Stillwater Stakes at Saratoga

Saratoga Stakes Exacta For Competitive Edge

Gold Square's My Italian Rabbi (2f Competitive Edge - Golden Miss, by Golden Missile), a sharp debut winner at Belmont Park on May 30th, became the first stakes winner while leading home a one-two for her freshman sire in the $100,000 Stillwater Stakes over 6 furlongs at Saratoga yesterday.

Breaking from post 5 with Luis Saez aboard for her stakes debut, My Italian Rabbi stalked post-time favorite and TDN Rising Star Fierce Lady (2f Competitive Edge - Anjorie, by A. P Jet), through opening fractions of 22.64 seconds for the opening quarter with the half going in 45.59 on the fast main track.

From the quarter-pole, the pair separated themselves from the field in a thrilling stretch-long duel with the Jeremiah Englehart trained My Italian Rabbi prevailing by a nose in a final time of 1:10.34.

"She broke very sharp. She was right there," said jockey Luis Saez. "I just stayed with her when we came to the stretch. We were trying and she finally got it in the last jump. When she raced the first time, she proved she could run. Today, she really proved it, too. I think she can get more distance. She can relax and go anywhere. We have a nice one right here."

Jockey Javier Castellano was full of praise for the ultra-game Fierce Lady. "She's a good filly. She did pretty good today except for the 5 [My Italian Rabbi]. We just got beat on the [head] bob. Those things, you can't change."

My Italian Rabbi was bred by Hidden Lake Farm and Anthony Grey, and sold for $160,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga preferred New York-bred Yearling sale in 2018.

Winning trainer Jeremiah Englehart said the $200,000 Seeking the Ante on August 23 is a possible next start for My Italian Rabbi.