When she last raced at Monmouth Park,
she was sent off at odds just shy of 20-1. There is little doubt that her
backers will not get anywhere close to that generous price when Successful Song
breaks out of the gate in Monday’s Lady’s Secret Stakes.
5-year-old daughter of Successful Appeal out of the Sultry Song mare Song for
Annie finished a very solid second last time in the Grade 2 $200,000 Molly
Pitcher Stakes and now she drops down in class to face easier company with a
$75,000 purse at stakes.
professional who tries hard every time she runs and she’s doing really good
right now,” said Eddie Plesa, Jr., who trains the Live Oak Plantation homebred.
Song went into the Molly Pitcher as the winner of the $75,000 Lighthouse Stakes
here on June 30 and in her only other start at Monmouth this season, she ran a
huge race coming off a five-month layoff to just miss in the $75,000 Monmouth
Beach Stakes. She’s only one of many horses who have vaulted Plesa into second
place in the trainer’s standings with five weeks left in the live racing
a very successful meet at Monmouth for us this year,” said Plesa, who saddled
Say a Novena when she won the $60,000 Miss Woodford Stakes here on Saturday.
“Everything has come together very well for us.”
Sunday’s card, Plesa had 20 winners from 88 starters plus 22 seconds and eight
thirds. He understands that defending leading trainer Jane Cibelli has the 2012
title all but wrapped up.
an outstanding job,” he said. “She has a lot more horses than I do. I won’t
take anything away from her but we’re batting almost 25%, which is a great
the first woman to achieve leading trainer honors in Monmouth’s long history,
has 25 winners, 24 seconds, and 10 third place finishes from 119 starts.
year’s title is not there yet. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves,” said Cibelli.
“But it would be nice, wouldn’t it? Last year I got really lucky. A lot of
races came off the turf and I had horses that could go either way. I also had
some very good claims last year. This year has been harder. I’ve had better
horses in the barn and won more money, but I also had horses who have had some
awful injuries and some obscure injuries.”
is the son of former jockey and trainer Eddie Plesa, Sr. and his former
assistant, has won leading trainer honors at Calder Race Course five times and
maintains a year round division in South Florida, but this would be his best
be with me that it took me a couple of years to acclimate to what I need here,
how many 2-year-olds I needed to bring up here and what else I needed to get to
where we are,” said Plesa, who is assisted by Ramon Huerta at Monmouth. “It’s a
good effort from everybody who works for me and a lot of them have been with me
for a good number of years.”
breeds success and Plesa will definitely be back in 2013 with a barn full of
already looking forward to next year,” he said. “I think this is the kind of
year Monmouth Park is going to build on. I see very
good things ahead at Monmouth and I’m just happy to be a part of it. I am very,
very pleased with the way things are going.”