The most experienced colt in Saturday's Grade 3, $106,500 Sapling proved to be a most decisive winner of the historic six-furlong test at Monmouth Park. Kirk and Judy Robison's She Digs Me, who had previously won the Tyro over the same track, made it a clean sweep of Monmouth's most important juvenile events in posting a 6 1/4-length triumph under Elvis Trujillo. The 4-1 third choice in a field of 10, She Digs Me returned $10.60, $5.20 and $4.20.
Breaking from an outside post, She Digs Me stayed in the middle of the track down the backside. Though seventh as even-money favorite and uncoupled stablemate Voodoo Daddy ripped an opening quarter in :22, She Digs Me was only two lengths off that leader in a tightly compact group. Making a strong four-wide move around the turn as Voodoo Daddy continued to duel through a half in :45, She Digs Me was going best as the field entered the stretch and the colt drew off in a powerful display. Final time on the fast main track was 1:10 2/5.
"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," Trujillo said. "Turning for home, he was still going easy so I knew I was in good shape."
There was a dead heat for second between Jagati and Black Rhino, who were 18-1 and 13-1 respectively. Two lengths further back was Managed Account, who was followed by Sum of the Parts, Scallion, High Heat, Voodoo Daddy, Deliburnsky and Space Traveler. Love Those Boots was scratched.
Eighth of nine after a poor start in his Keeneland debut, She Digs Me next finished second by a length to Power World in his dirt bow at Churchill Downs. Power World went on to finish second in the Grade 3 Bashford Manor and Grade 2 Sanford. Near the conclusion of the Churchill meet, She Digs Me prevailed over maiden foes by a nose, then shipped to Monmouth for the summer where he captured the July 24 Tyro by two lengths going away. His record now stands at 5-3-1-0, $148,670.
Bred in Kentucky by Mike Rutherford, She Digs Me was a $50,000 Keeneland September yearling. The son of Henny Hughes is the first foal from the stakes-winning Stage Stop (Valid Expectations), who has also produced a yearling colt by Midnight Lute and a weanling filly by Street Boss.