Silver Screamer Takes Grade 3 Eatontown; Successful Song Captures Lighthouse Stakes on Saturday

Saturday, June 30, 2012

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Oceanport, N.J. – Silver Screamer moved to the lead turning for home and held all challengers safe at bay to capture the Grade 3 $100,000 Eatontown Stakes by a length and a half as Live Oak Plantation’s Successful Song cruised home to a 3 ¼ length score in the $75,000 Lighthouse Stakes on Saturday at Monmouth Park. 

            Owned by M. Imperio and Bill Elias Stables LLC, Silver Screamer covered the mile and a sixteenth over firm turf in 1:40.41 and paid $11.40, $5.20 and $3.80.  Heavenly Landing rallied to complete the $62.40 exacta and paid $4.80 and $3.60.  It was another three-quarters of a length back to Unbridled Humor, who paid $3 to show. 

            “We wanted to be close to the pace,” said winning jockey Jose Espinoza.  “This was the first time I’ve ridden her, and she showed me a lot of class.  She showed she could run against anyone today.” 

            Conditioned by Rudy Rodriguez, Silver Screamer has won two of her three starts this year and is now six for 12 lifetime.  The 4-year-old filly by Cozzene out of West Sider, by Gone West has earned $230,495. 

            In the mile and a sixteenth Lighthouse, contested over a fast main track, Successful Song battled early before letting Cascabella take command down the backstretch.  Turning for home, Successful Song moved inside that rival and kicked clear for the open length victory. 

            Trained by Eddie Plesa, Jr., Successful Song stopped the timer in 1:46.22 and returned $12.60, $5.40 and $3.60.  Cascabella completed the $99 exacta and paid $10 to place and $6.80 to show.  It was another 7 ¾ lengths back to Daring Reality, who rallied to pay $3.80 to show. 

            “She broke well today and showed really good speed,” said winning jockey Angel Serpa.  “We were going fast down the backstretch, so I took a hold and let the other horse (Cascabella) go.  When the rail opened up around the turn, I sent her through and she took off.” 

            The Lighthouse win was the first in three starts this season and sixth overall for Successful Song, a 5-year-old mare by Successful Appeal from the Sultry Song mare Song for Annie.  The $45,000 winner’s share of the purse boosted her lifetime bankroll to $292,038.