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Pinch Pie Squeezes Through on Rail to Take Desert Vixen; She Digs Me Cruises Home A Winner in $70,000 Tyro Stakes

Sunday, July 24, 2011

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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.

            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 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 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.

            Live 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.


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