Race of the Week 2017

Monmouth Park Barn Notes - August 2

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Trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. will run both Yes I’m Lucky and Run for Logistics in Sunday’s $60,000 Tyro Stakes for 2-year-olds. Both colts are undefeated in their three combined starts, but both will try the turf for the first time as they sprint five furlongs in the Tyro.

A colt by Yes It’s True out of Whenthedoveflies, Yes I’m Lucky was purchased at the OBS select 2-year-old sale in March 2013 for $105,000 by Trilogy Stable and Laurie Plesa. Since then he is two-for-two, including a 2-year-old stakes win last out in the Frank Gomez Memorial Stakes at Calder on June 22, where he went gate-to-wire and bested the field by an impressive four lengths. Although both of his wins were on dirt, Plesa believes that his success should continue on the grass.

“After winning a stakes race he doesn’t have a lot of options,” Plesa said of Yes I’m Lucky. “His mother won a lot of races on the turf so we’re hoping that transfers over for him.”

Since his last outing, Yes I’m Lucky has posted two workouts, breezing four furlongs in :50 flat on July 16, and was seventh best of 34 on July 24, when he breezed four furlongs in :48 4/5.

Run for Logistics is set to make his second career start in the Tyro. In his only outing, Run for Logistics stepped five furlongs in :58 flat after leading the entire way, and opened up 5 ½ lengths on the field to win a maiden special weight event over Monmouth’s main track (July 7). Since that effort the 2-year-old son of Bernstein has worked once, breezing four furlongs in :51 4/5 on July 21.

“As for Run for Logistics he’s by a sire who throws a lot of turf horses,” Plesa said. “He needs to run. He’s doing good so we’ll find out how good he is on the turf.”

Jockeys Paco Lopez and Gabriel Saez will ride the two Plesa entries as Lopez boards Yes I’m Lucky who drew the inside post, and Saez gets the mount on Run for Logistics who will break from the sixth post position.

“Both horses are coming into the race great,” said Plesa. “We’re anxious to try them on the turf and see how they do.”

The Tyro Stakes will go as race 4 on the 12-race card Sunday at Monmouth Park.   




This Saturday Monmouth Park will host a handicapping contest as players bet for an estimated grand prize of $4,000 and an all expense paid trip to the Orleans Casino in Las Vegas for a seat at the 2014 Horse Player World Series on March 27 – 29.

Contestants will make win, place, and/or show bets on at least 10 races on the Monmouth Park and Saratoga cards, and the contestant with the highest bankroll at the end of the day will earn the grand prize. Cash prizes will also be awarded to the top 10 finishers. 

Players who wish to compete can register between 11:30 am and 2:00 pm at tables inside the grandstand and clubhouse entrances, where they will need to bring $100; $40 as an entry fee and $60 for their tournament bankroll. For more information fans can visit www.monmouthpark.com or contact Brian Skirka at bskirka@monmouthpark.com.




Monmouth Park is set to host Family Fun Day this Sunday, with a full schedule of activities for parents and children alike. Family Fun Day includes face painting, pony rides, bounce houses, and live music from the Larry Stevens Band who will perform “On the Green.” All Family Fun Day activities are free with the price of paid admission to the park.

General admission is $3 to the grandstand and $5 to the clubhouse. Senior Citizens 55 and up can enter for the discounted price of $2 to the grandstand and $3 to the clubhouse, and children 12 and under receive admission for free.

Gates open at 11:30 a.m. Sunday as the first race is set to go of at 12:50 p.m.




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