My Italian Rabbi wins Stillwater Stakes
SARATOGA SPRINGS — Gold Square’s My Italian Rabbi won a stretch-long duel with post-time favorite Fierce Lady to capture Thursday’s $100,000 Stillwater, a six-furlong sprint for New York-bred juvenile fillies at Saratoga Race Course.
Breaking from post 5 at odds of 8-1 with Luis Saez aboard for her stakes debut, My Italian Rabbi stalked 1-5 post-time favorite Fierce Lady, with Hall of Famer Javier Castellano in the irons, through opening fractions of 22.64 seconds for the opening quarter with the half going in 45.59 on the fast main track.
Hooking up at the quarter-pole, the pair in front separated themselves from the five-horse field in a heated battle to the wire with My Italian Rabbi prevailing by a nose.
My Italian Rabbi completed the six-furlong distance in a final time of 1:10.34.
Returning $19.80 for a $2 win wager, the daughter of Competitive Edge, bred by Hidden Lake Farm and Anthony Grey, was purchased for $160,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga preferred New York-bred Yearling sale in 2018.
My Italian Rabbi improved her record to 2-for-2 after winning her debut on May 30 at Belmont, while boosting her earnings to $89,100.
Winning trainer Jeremiah Englehart said the $200,000 Seeking the Ante on August 23 is a possible next start for My Italian Rabbi.
A length and a half back to Fierce Lady in second were Jewel of Arabia, Classy Sadie and Time Limit. Jen’s Battle was scratched.
Live racing will resume today with a first post of 1 p.m. featuring 10 races highlighted by the Grade 3, $150,000 Lake George for 3-year-old fillies on the inner turf carded as Race 9.