When Successful Song captured the Ocala Stakes at Gulfstream Park on
Dec. 30, trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. was aware that he might have been
visiting the winner’s circle with the multiple stakes-winning mare for
the last time.
Scheduled to be retired in time for the 2013 breeding season,
Successful Song has earned in excess of $400,000 for Live Oak Plantation
during her four-year racing career that includes four stakes triumphs.
“How much more can you do?” Plesa said. “She deserves it.”
However, the daughter of Successful Appeal came out of her Ocala
score at “110 percent,” earning one more trip to post for the $300,000
Florida Sunshine Millions Distaff at Gulfstream on Jan. 19.
Win or lose, though, the 6-year-old mare will be retired to begin her broodmare career following the race.
"They’ve got two new stallions that they need to send mares to,” Plesa
said. “I think that’s the main reason she’s going to the shed.”