OCEANPORT, N.J. – Dubb, Bethlehem and
Elkstone Group’s Pinch Pie used a rail-skimming trip to capture the $70,000 Desert
Vixen Stakes while She Digs Me scored in the $70,000 Tyro Stakes Sunday at Monmouth Park.
off an early pace of :24 1/5 and :49, Pinch Pie and jockey Jeremy Rose burst
through on the rail around the far turn and cruised home a 1 ½ length winner
over Oak Marsh. It was another 1 ¾
lengths back to Glore Racer in third.
expect the pace to be quite that slow, but I was hoping I would be able to
grind out a ground-saving trip,” Rose said.
“I was right on the heels of the six [Tomica’s Spirit] and when that one
switched leads she came out just enough for me to squeeze through.”
returned $5.80, $3.80 and $2.80 as the second choice in the field of eight
3-year-olds fillies. The winning exacta
with Oak Marsh, who paid $5.60 and $3.40, returned $33.80. Glore Racer paid $7.20 to show.
win, Pinch Pie increased her career record to 3-1-1 from seven starts and
bumped her earnings to $105,012.
time for the 1 1/16 miles on firm turf was 1:42 1/5.
In earlier stakes action, Kirk
and Judy Robison’s She Digs Me captured the $70,000 Tyro Stakes in 1:03 4/5
over Gentlemans Code and Team Six.
The 2-year-old colt by Henny
Hughes sat off the early pace of :22 2/5 and :45 3/5 set by Gentlemans Code
with pressure from Team Six. Turning for
home, jockey Elvis Trujillo set the Steve Asmussen trainee loose, and the pair
ran strongly to the wire.
The winning margin of victory was
two lengths. It was another 3 ½ lengths
back to Team Six in third.
“There was a lot of speed in the
said. “The top two horses were going out
pretty fast, so I just sat off of them.
He was strong all the way today.”
It was the second win in a row
for She Digs Me who improved his career earnings to $88,670.
racing will return Monday at Monmouth
Park as the track will
run the 12-race card originally scheduled for Friday, July 22 that was
postponed due to extreme heat.