Laurie Plesa’s Flay Mignon battled early with Jonesin for Jerry
before putting away that rival and all the rest to capture the $60,000
Colleen Stakes at Monmouth Park on Sunday by nearly two lengths.
Ridden by Paco Lopez, Flay Mignon covered the five
furlongs over firm turf in :56 3/5 and paid $3, $2.40 and $2.10 as
one-half of the odds-on entry with
Pray a Novena. Pure Lady Like rallied to complete the $88.60 exacta
and returned $22 and $10.80. It was another length back to Aibhilin,
who paid $3.40 to show.
“I was a little concerned about the turf because of
her breeding, but she really impressed me today,” said winning trainer
Eddie Plesa Jr., who conditions
Flay Mignon for his wife. “I think she could be one of the best
fillies we have in the barn. The Sorority Stakes (here on Sept. 1) will
be next. Provided her and Pray a Novena both come out of this the way I
hope they do, they’ll both go next in the Sorority.”
A New Jersey-bred 2-year-old by Yesbyjimminy from the
Forest Retreat, Flay Mignon is now a perfect two-for-two. She’s earned $60,000 for her owner, who also bred the filly.