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.
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.
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
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
on June 21.
“She’s doing excellent,” Plesa said. “We’re really looking forward to the race. She’s doing everything right going in.”
far as strategy goes in the Lighthouse Stakes, Plesa believes that off
the pace may be the most advantageous spot for Successful Song.
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
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.
T-SHIRT GIVEAWAY HEADS FULL SLATE OF EVENTS FOR 4TH OF JULY WEEKEND
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
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.