Trainer Eddie Plesa Jr., currently leading trainer at Monmouth Park, will look to add to that lead when
he sends out a pair of runners in Sunday’s Grade 3 Sapling and Sorority Stakes,
the top 2-year-old races of the summer season.
will be the girls, who go in the $100,000 Sorority Stakes, carded as race nine
on the 12-race program. Team Plesa will
be represented in the six furlong Sorority by Flay Mignon and Pray a Novena,
both of whom exit the Colleen Stakes, which was run over the turf course at
five furlongs on Aug. 11.
came out of it great,” said Plesa, who has saddled 34 winners at the 2013 meet
thus far. “Obviously Flay Mignon took to
the turf real well. I don’t believe Pray
a Novena cared for it much. They’re both
coming into this race great and I expect both should make a good showing on
Mignon, owned by Laurie Plesa, wife of the trainer, took the lead soon after
the start of the Colleen, was headed around the far turn and then drew off in
the lane to score by nearly two lengths under the meet’s current leading rider
real deal,” said Plesa of his wife’s charge.
“She’s been impressive in both of her starts and hopefully will continue
to move forward on Sunday.”
daughter of Yesbyjimminy from the Forest
Forest Retreat, Flay
Mignon broke her maiden on June 28 when facing fellow New Jersey-breds for a
claiming price of $100,000 before going on to her stakes score in the Colleen.
Novena, who races in the colors of Rick Shanley and Laurie Plesa debuted on
July 26, romping home to a 4 ¼ length score.
She was a $62,000 purchase earlier this year in Ocala.
after the Sorority, Plesa will once again be busy in the paddock, this time
saddling Yes I’m Lucky and Run for Logistics in the $100,000 Sapling
Stakes. These two colts come into the
Sapling off a one-two finish in the Tyro, run at five furlongs on turf on Aug.
4, when Yes I’m Lucky bested his stablemate by nearly two lengths.
both run exceptionally well thus far,” said Plesa. “Yes I’m Lucky is a little more seasoned with
three starts under his belt and a trip to Florida in between Monmouth wins, but
it’s hard to separate the two of them right now. Perhaps they’ll do that on their own on
Lucky, a $105,000 sales purchase earlier this year, broke his maiden here on
June 2, getting up in the shadow of the wire by a head. Less than three weeks later he shipped to
Calder where he won the Frank Gomez Memorial Stakes by four lengths before
returning home and trying turf for the first time in the Tyro. Jockey Paco Lopez has the return call in the
six furlong Sapling.
Logistics was a first out winner on July 7, drawing off to an impressive 5 ½
lengths win after setting all the fractions.
In his second start, the Tyro, he was up with the early leaders while
running between horses, including his stablemate to his inside. Gabriel Saez will be back aboard on Sunday.