Fierce Lady (Competitive Edge) given a 9-2 chance facing fellow New York-bred maiden fillies Saturday at Belmont, became the third winner for her freshman sire (Super Saver) and a 'TDN Rising Star' to boot after blitzing her foes in head-turning fashion. Fastest away from her rail draw, the dark bay was scrubbed on to maintain the edge over favored fellow firster Violent Point (Violence) through a sharp opening quarter of :21.82. Looking like a lock as she headed for home with a clear advantage, Fierce Lady was never fully asked by Javier Castellano in the lane while streaking home six lengths to the good and stopping the clock in a swift :56.47. Munnings Muse (Munnings) was another nine lengths clear second, while Violence Point held on for third.
A $52,000 KEEJAN short yearling, Fierce Lady was acquired by her trainer Dermot Magner for $75,000 at last year's Keeneland September sale. She RNA'd for $170,000 at OBS March after breezing an eighth in :10 flat.
“We knew she had speed from the way she worked at the sale,” Magner told the TDN. “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.”
Fierce Lady is a half-sister to Bluegrass Jaboree (Bluegrass Cat), SP, $297,790 and a yearling filly by Brody's Cause. Her dam, who was a debut winner herself as a juvenile at Saratoga and stakes-placed later that year, is half to New York-bred MSW Swag Daddy (Scat Daddy) and to GSP What a Tale (Tale of the Cat), who cost $750,000 at the 2006 Keeneland April 2-year-old sale. Second dam Mrs. Filio (Eastern Echo) was a second-out graduate at two, and third dam Mrs. Flagler (Hoist the Flag) was a first-out winner and GSP as a baby. Fourth dam Mrs. Warren (Hail to Reason) was a multiple Grade I winner in her juvenile season.
4th-Belmont, $62,000, (S), Msw, 6-22, 2yo, f, 5f, :56.47, ft.
FIERCE LADY, f, 2, Competitive Edge
1st Dam: Anjorie (SP, $102,035), by A. P Jet
2nd Dam: Mrs. Filio, by Eastern Echo
3rd Dam: Mrs. Flagler, by Hoist the Flag
Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $34,100. Click for the Equibase.com chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton. Click for the free Equineline.com catalogue-styled pedigree.
O-Nice Guys Stables & Steve Hornstock; B-Sugar Maple Farm (NY); T-Dermot Magner. *$52,000 Ylg '18 KEEJAN; $75,000 Ylg '18 KEESEP; $170,000 RNA 2yo '19 OBSMAR.