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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 in.”  

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.




A full schedule of events is on tap for Independence Day weekend at Monmouth Park, who will host live racing Thursday through Sunday. In four days Monmouth will feature six stakes events, highlighted by the Grade 1 $500,000 United Nations Stakes on Saturday, a Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” Challenge Race. On the same day fans will receive a free Monmouth Park t-shirt with the price of admission to the park.

Fans can also look forward to Family Fun Days on Thursday and Sunday with live music, free pony rides, face painting, bounce houses and more.  The park will also feature a jockey autograph and memorabilia sale, which will go on throughout the four-day weekend. On Sunday Monmouth will host a $200 Monmouth/Woodbine Handicapping Contest, in which the top two finishers will earn an all expense-paid trip to Las Vegas as well as a seat at the National Handicapping Championship.

Gates open at 11:30 a.m. with post time at 12:50 p.m. for all four days.



















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