By Jessica Martini
Nice Guys Stables and Steve Hornstock’s Fierce Lady (Competitive Edge) earned a spot as a late addition to the Fasig-Tipton July Selected Horses of Racing Age Sale with an impressive ‘TDN Rising Star’ debut performance at Belmont Park June 22. The juvenile filly will be offered as hip 589 during Monday’s auction and is consigned by St George Sales.
“That [debut win] is the reason that she’s in there, obviously,” consignor Archie St George confirmed. “She was very impressive winning at Belmont that day and she should appeal to many people.”
Out of stakes placed Anjorie (A. P Jet), Fierce Lady is a half-sister to stakes placed Bluegrass Jamboree (Bluegrass Cat). The New York-bred filly is from the first crop of 2014 GI Hopeful S. winner Competitive Edge (Super Saver) and became the Coolmore sire’s third winner two weeks ago.
Fierce Lady was a $52,000 short yearling at the 2018 Keeneland January sale and trainer Dermot Magner acquired her for $75,000 at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale. She worked a furlong in :10 flat before RNA’ing for $170,000 at this year’s OBS March sale.
“I know that they thought she had a lot of talent as 2-year-old when she was in Ocala and that’s why they weren’t willing to sell her unless they got a premium,” St George said.
Fierce Lady justified her owners’ faith with a dominating six-length debut win at Belmont. The filly broke sharply and zipped through an opening quarter-mile in :21.82. She was never challenged and completed the five furlongs in :56.47 (video).
“We knew she had speed from the way she worked at the sale,” Magner told the TDN after the win. “So once we got her into a routine, got her caught up on her gate work, it was really no surprise. She is a quality filly and she’s been training the right way the entire time.”
St George thinks the filly will offer potential buyers plenty of upside just as New York racing shifts upstate to Saratoga next week.
“She is a proven commodity,” St George said of Fierce Lady. “The time was impressive, she ran an 87 Beyer, which is pretty impressive for a 2-year-old. She’s a filly who proved she can compete at a good level and she is a registered New York-bred. She’s obviously got talent and there is a lot of racing for her in New York with Saratoga coming up.”
The Horses of Racing Age Sale returns for its seventh edition Monday in Lexington and the auction continues to prove its popularity with both buyers and sellers.
“I think it’s a great time to have a horses of racing age sale because there is a lot about to happen on both the East and West Coast,” St George said. “You have Saratoga and Del Mar about to start and there is a lot of racing, from the high end to the low end. It seems like we see some very good horses go through this sale every year and there are plenty of opportunities for you to buy a nice horse, if you do your homework.”
The July sale, which currently has 190 head catalogued, begins at 4 p.m. Monday at Fasig-Tipton’s Newtown Paddocks. Fasig-Tipton hosts its July Selected Yearlings Sale Tuesday with bidding starting at 10 a.m.