The $75,000 Lighthouse Stakes is
scheduled for Sunday at Monmouth, and defending champion Successful Song is not
yet ready to relinquish her title. In 2012 Successful Song, conditioned by
Eddie Plesa Jr., triumphantly stepped the mile and a sixteenth over the main
track and won by three and a quarter lengths under jockey Angel Serpa. This
year she looks to continue her success at Monmouth with Elvis Trujillo aboard.
“She sure seems to like it here,”
said Plesa of Successful Song, who is set to run her first race at Monmouth
since last September. “I probably shouldn’t say this,” he said jokingly, “but
she hasn’t been off of the board much here.” Successful Song has only finished
out of the money in one of her seven career starts in Oceanport.
A 6-year-old mare by Successful
Appeal out of Song for Annie, Successful Song will be making her first start in
3 months in the Lighthouse after moving from Florida
back to Monmouth Park. She has been training well for
Plesa leading up to the race, breezing four furlongs in :49 4/5 on June 13 and breezing
the same distance in :50 2/5 on June 21.
“She’s doing excellent,” Plesa said.
“We’re really looking forward to the race. She’s doing everything right going
As far as strategy goes in the
Lighthouse Stakes, Plesa believes that off the pace may be the most
advantageous spot for Successful Song.
“It looks like there’s going to be
an honest pace up front,” said Plesa, “so she should be able to sit and stalk a
bit. That’s probably where she’ll be.”
Successful Song will have to face
six of her fellow females in the Lighthouse, which will go as race 9 on
Sunday’s 11-race card.