Live Oak Plantation's homebred 3-year-old filly Successful Song notched her third consecutive victory and first stakes win of her career when taking the $65,000 Judy's Red Shoes Stakes by 3 ¼ lengths over Rare Bit. Musical Romance finished third.
Originally carded for turf, the Judy's Red Shoes was switched to the main track due to rain. Successful Song covered the mile and a sixteenth over a track labeled ‘good' in 1:47.59.
With the heavy favorite in the race, Trip for A.J., finishing "out of the money," the mutuel payouts returned some interesting show prices. Successful Song paid $14.60, $11.80, and $54.80; Rare Bit returned $12.20 and $81; while Musical Romance paid $37.80 to show.
Eddie Plesa, Jr. trains Successful Song. The filly was ridden by leading jockey Luis Saez.
Winning trainer's quotes:
Eddie Plesa, Jr. (by cell from Monmouth Park) - "We were going to run her turf or dirt. The jock (Luis Saez) rode a good race sitting off the two in front. They went at it with each other and it took a toll on both of them. I really thought a lot of this filly after she broke her maiden so impressively here last year, but then she ran in the stakes (3rd in the Brave Raj) and she just wasn't herself, so we sent her to the farm for a break. When she came back at Gulfstream for the three races, she still wasn't happy, so we sent her back to the farm again. This time she came back to herself, so the patience paid off. Right now, the plan is to come back in the Calder Oaks (Oct. 16), turf or dirt."
Winning jockey's quotes:
Luis Saez - "My filly broke sharp, so we were sitting close to the lead early. When we went down the backstretch, Trip For A.J. passed me and I just asked my horse to be patient while those two went together up front. When we turned for home, my filly really fired for me. She did everything I asked her to do perfectly today."
Calder's signature event, the Festival of the Sun, is Saturday, Oct. 16, 2010. The Festival of the Sun presents seven stakes races worth $1.13 million. Two of the stakes are the finals of the rich Florida Stallion Stakes. The Florida Stallion Stakes program, now in its 29th year, was created to promote Florida-bred Thoroughbreds and the $5 billion industry that supports them. The day also features the $75,000 Calder Derby (G3) and the $100,000 Spend A Buck Handicap (G3), a "Win and You're In" Breeders' Cup challenge race.