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.
Reserved 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.
“I didn’t 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.”
Pinch Pie 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.
With the win, Pinch Pie increased her career record to
3-1-1 from seven starts and bumped her earnings to $105,012.
The final time for the 1 1/16 miles on firm turf was 1:42
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
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
“There was a lot of speed in the race,” Trujillo
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.