Sunday, November 8, 2015

Thinking of Mom Wins GP West Feature for Plesa

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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