Quiet Giant sat off the early pace of Debonair Darling
before putting away that foe, and all the rest, winning the Grade 2 $250,000
Hill ‘n’ Dale Molly Pitcher Stakes as She Digs Me poured it on in the stretch
to post a 6 ¼-length win in the Grade 3 $100,000 Sapling Stakes at Monmouth
Park on Saturday.
Trained by Todd Pletcher, Quiet Giant stepped the mile and a
sixteenth over the fast main track in 1:43 1/5 and returned $3.80, $2.40 and
$2.20 as the odds-on choice in the field of eight fillies and mares. It was five lengths back to Payton d’Oro, who
completed the $9.80 exacta and paid $3 and $2.60. Absinthe Minded was another 4 ½ lengths back
in third, good for a $4.80 show mutuel.
“She broke very sharply today and got us into the race
early,” said winning rider Julien Leparoux.
“She was so sharp today. After
getting us involved in the race early, she just did everything on her own. Every time you ask her, she gives you the
Owned by the Estate of Edward P. Evans, Quiet Giant has won
seven of her 12 lifetime outings. The
4-year-old by Giant’s Causeway from the Quiet
American mare Quiet Dance has now earned $405,389.
In the Sapling, She Digs Me came with a wide run into the
stretch, opened up a daylight lead, and crossed the wire in 1:10 1/5 for six
furlongs over the fast main track. The
winner returned $10.60, $5.20 and $4.20.
Jagati and Black Rhino finished in a dead-heat for second, with the
former completing a $71 exacta and the latter $53. Jagati paid $7.20 and $8.20, while Black
Rhino returned $5.60 and $7. Even-money
favorite Voodoo Daddy set a pressured pace before fading to eighth in the field
of 10 2-year-old colts and geldings.
“I saw there was a lot of speed in the race so the plan was
to break well, take a hold, and sit right behind,” said winning jockey Elvis
Trujillo. “Turning for home, he was
still going easy so I knew I was in good shape.”
Trained by Steve Asmussen, She Digs Me has won his last
three starts. The colt by Henny Hughes
from the Valid Expectations mare Stage Stop has now earned $148,670 for owners
Kirk and Judy Robinson.