Edward Plesa Jr.

Birth Date: Monday, April 25, 1949
Birth Place: Seattle, Washington

2012-13 Gulfstream Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd Earnings
105 17 9 12 $1,243,335
Career: Plesa enjoyed a most successful 2013 racing season, starting with the 2012-13 Gulfstream Meeting, during which he finished fourth in purses-won. He saddled Itsmyluckyday for victories in the Gulfstream Park Derby and the Holy Bull (G3), as well as a second-place finish behind eventual Kentucky Derby winner Orb in the Besilu Stables Florida Derby. Itsmyluckyday went on to finish second in the Preakness Stakes. He also visited the winner’s circle with Successful Song (Sunshine Millions Distaff and Ocala Stakes). He finished second in both races-won and purses-won at Monmouth.
 
The popular and perennial leading trainer in South Florida was tied for fifth in wins among trainers at the 2011-12 Gulfstream Park meeting. He ranked in the top three in wins and purse earnings at the Monmouth Park meeting, during which he captured the he saddled 2-year-old Brave Dave for a victory in the Sapling (G3). 
 
Plesa has won multiple titles at Calder. … Plesa has won the Skip Away (G3) at Gulfstream twice, with Gottcha Gold in 2008 and Best of the Rest in 2003. Best of the Rest was also saddled to victories at Gulfstream in the 2002 Unbridled Handicap and 2003 Ocala Breeders Sales Classic. Plesa’s other Gulfstream stakes winners include J J’sdream (1996 Old Hat), Tekken (1997 Super Bowl) and Three Ring (1999 Davona Dale). Three Ring also captured the Grade I Acorn in 1999 and was third in the 1998 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies. In 2005, Plesa saddled B.B. Best to third-place finishes in the Florida Derby and Fountain of Youth.    
 
Other: Splits his time each summer with divisions at Calder and Monmouth.
 
His father, Eddie Plesa Sr., was a leading jockey in Detroit and Cleveland…Plesa worked for Harbor View, trainer Stanley Hough and owner Fred Hooper.