The winner, trained by Steve Asmussen and ridden by Joe Bravo, stopped the timer in 1:05 2/5 for the five and a half furlongs over a fast main track. He paid $14.60, $7 and $4.60 across the board and topped an $84 exacta.
Adger, a colt by Malibu Moon, had been training sharply in Kentucky before coming to Monmouth at the end of July. His dam, the Stormin Fever mare East Bay, also broke her maiden at first asking. Adger was a $45,000 yearling purchase at last year’s Keeneland September sale.
The winner was never threatened as he clipped off fractions of :22 4/5 for the quarter and :46 for the half, and entered the stretch with a long lead which he held to the wire.