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Plesa Jr. Sends Out Duo for Graded Stakes Glory In Jersey Shore

Posted Thursday, Jul 21, 2016

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Trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. sends out two, each going for their first graded stakes victory, in Saturday’s Grade 3, $100,000 Jersey Shore Stakes, going six furlongs on the Monmouth Park main track.

            “They both have been training well,” said Plesa Jr., who conditions both horses for Morris Bailey. “Yellow Chips ran a big race last time and he will be tough if he can duplicate that performance. For Full Salute, this time of year is tough for 3-year-olds because there aren’t that many races, but this is the logical option and it’s a good spot for him.”

            Yellow Chips, a 3-year-old colt by Majesticperfection out of the Horse Chestnut mare Acajou, is coming into the race off back-to-back wins. In his latest, a $50,000 allowance optional claiming event at Monmouth Park on July 2, Yellow Chips sat sixth in the early stages before inching his way up to third on the far turn and storming home to a length and a quarter victory.

            When asked about the tactics for the race, Plesa Jr. said that he expects Yellow Chips to be coming from off the pace once again.

            Since the July 2 score, Yellow Chips has worked once over the Monmouth dirt on July 16. He went four furlongs in :49, eighth fastest of the 32 horses that went the distance on the day.

            Joe Bravo will be back aboard Yellow Chips for the second straight time in the Jersey Shore.

            Full Salute, who will break from the outside post in field of six, enters the race off a length score in the Select Stakes, a 5 ½ furlongs turf event on June 12, at Monmouth Park. Prior to that, he started off his 2016 Monmouth campaign with a gate-to-wire win by a nose in a six furlong, $50,000 allowance optional claiming event.

            “This is his distance,” said Plesa Jr. “He will likely be around the first tier in the early stages of the race.”

            As a 2-year-old, Full Salute was a multiple stakes winner, taking the Buffalo Man Stakes at Gulfstream Park West and the Hall of Fame Stakes at Parx.

            The 3-year-old colt by Speightstown out of the Milwaukee Brew mare Mazucambera has worked three times since his latest win over the turf. The most recent coming on July 11 when he went four furlongs in :49 4/5.

            Trevor McCarthy will ride Full Salute for the first time on Saturday.

            The Jersey Shore will be one of two stakes races run on Saturday, along with the $60,000 Lamplighter Stakes. It’s set to run as race eight on the 10-race card. Gates open at 11:30 a.m., with first post scheduled for 12:50 p.m.


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