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Duo Of Flay Mignon And Pray A Novena Go For Plesa In Colleen

Posted Saturday, Aug 10, 2013

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Trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. will send a pair of fillies in Pray a Novena and Flay Mignon out for the $60,000 Colleen Stakes on Sunday. The Colleen will be the second career start for each horse, both of which are coming off impressive victories.

On July 26, Pray a Novena took the lead around the far turn in a maiden special weight event and opened up in the stretch run to win by an impressive four and a quarter lengths at the wire, stepping the five and a half furlongs in 1:06 1/5 along Monmouth’s main track. Two days later on July 28, Flay Mignon took the lead after firing out of the gate in a maiden special weight race on the dirt at Monmouth and never looked back while going gate-to-wire, winning by two and three-quarter lengths. While their previous outings all point to another impressive performance in the Colleen, Plesa believes the wildcard in the race is the unfamiliar surface that his fillies will face on Sunday.      

“It’s all a question of whether they like the turf,” Plesa said. “It’s a question mark because of their pedigree, but they’re training great and doing great. I couldn’t separate the two. The plan is to run them in the Sorority if they do well here.”

A 2-year-old daughter of Belong to Me out of Adhrhythm, Pray a Novena carries the colors of Rick Shanley and Laurie Plesa, while the 2-year-old daughter of Yesbyjimminy out of Forest Retreat, Flay Mignon bears the colors solely of Laurie Plesa. Each filly earned an identical $24,000 for their ownership interests in their lone lifetime start.
            Jockey Paco Lopez will ride Flay Mignon who will break from the six-hole, as Gabriel Saez gets the mount aboard Pray a Novena coming out of post position four. Lopez rode each of the fillies to victory in their previous race.

“I asked Paco which one he wanted to ride and he chose Flay Mignon,” said Plesa. “She should be on the lead or close to it. She has a lot of speed. The other filly (Pray a Novena) should be set up in a stalking position.”

Sunday’s Colleen Stakes for 2-year-old fillies is set to go off as race 11 on Monmouth’s 12-race card.



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