With Edgard Zayas riding, Thinking of Mom found room near the rail and passed five horses in the final half furlong to win Sunday's third race feature at the Gulfstream Park West meet.
It was a $39,000 allowance at five furlongs on turf for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up, at the meet being run at Calder.
Thinking of Mom (7-2), trained by Eddie Plesa Jr., won by a half length over 23-1 shot Meetmeforasmke in a blanket finish. Standard Deal finished a nose behind in third with Smoke Signal another nose behind in fourth. The time was a solid but unspectacular 57,,55 seconds on the course listed as firm.
The win was the third in nine career races for the 4-year-old Thinking of Mom and it came in her first race for Plesa.
She won two of four races on turf at Monmouth Park this summer while racing for trainer James Frangella Jr. In October, Plesa moved his stable from Monmouth in Oceanport, N.J., to the Palm Meadows training center in Boynton Beach. With New Jersey's thoroughbred season closing, Thinking of Mom's owner Richard Schibell shifted her to Plesa.
The even-money favorite April Rose, also trained by Plesa, finished seventh in Sunday's eight-horse field
Thinking of Mom and most of the other horses from the race can be expected to be regular runners in allowance and high-level optional claimers at the GP West meet and later at the Gulfstream Park championship meet that will open on Dec. 5.
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