Eddie Plesa

Practical Joke Colt Graduates By Many at Gulfstream

6th-Gulfstream, $53,000, (S), Msw, 2-11, 3yo, 6f, 1:10.09, ft, 13 lengths. KLUGMAN (c, 3, Practical Joke--Polyester, by Tiz Wonderful) debuted with a sound runner-up effort Jan. 7 and was 3-5 to go one better in this spot. Soon in front beneath Rafael Hernandez, the $140,000 OBS October yearling was held together on the turn, was given his cue off the home 'coroner' and dominated from there, running up the score to the tune of a baker's dozen on the wire before galloping out with good energy. The winner is a...

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The Week in Review: For Plesa, a Bittersweet Ending to Calder Saga

From a racing standpoint, there could not have been a more appropriate way for Calder to go out. There when the track ran its first ever race in 1971, trainer Eddie Plesa, Jr. won the last race run at the track that had been rebranded as Gulfstream Park West. Plesa won for the 1,326th time at Calder/GPW Saturday when Diligent (Temple City) won the final race that will ever be run at the South Florida racetrack. "I didn't ask anybody to put me in the last race. It just happened....

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