Clearly relishing a switch to turf and an extension in distance, Runnymede-bred Pinch Pie rallied from far back early to handily defeat 11 juvenile filly rivals in a $38,450 maiden special weight race at Delaware Park on September 21.
The victory by the daughter of Victory Gallop out of Romp and Stomp, by Olympio, makes her the sixth two-year-old winner to date in 2010 who was bred, raised and offered by Runnymede at public auction.
Trainer Anthony Dutrow bought Pinch Pie from Runnymede’s 2009 Keeneland September yearling sale consignment for $65,000. He trains the bay filly for Michael Dubb, Bethlehem Stables and The Elkstone Group.
Pinch Pie had run only once previously when she raced evenly in a six-furlong maiden special weight race on dirt at Delaware on August 26 while ridden by Jeremy Rose.
With a rider change to Irwin Rosendo and the surface change to grass, Pinch Pie took on fillies by Storm Cat, Distorted Humor, Pulpit and others and flashed her heels at them down the stretch. Rosendo kept her tucked along the rail for most of the trip and she boldly scooted through an opening to gain the lead before pulling away to a two-length triumph over Dilly’s Dancer.
Pinch Pie crossed the finish line in 1:43.70 for the 1 1/16 miles on a course rated firm. She had been sent off at odds of 10.80 to 1.
Bred by Runnymede in partnership with farm Chairman Catesby W. Clay, Pinch Pie is a half sister to a well made yearling colt by Smarty Jones. George and Lori Hall acquired the Smarty Jones colt from this year’s Runnymede consignment at the Keeneland September sale for $70,000.