Miz Mayhem Wins Fourth in a Row in Nicole’s Dream
Jun 10, 2018
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL
– Laurie Plesa’s Miz Mayhem scored her fourth consecutive victory, including back-to-back stakes wins, Sunday at Gulfstream Park, defeating seven elders in the $75,000 Nicole’s Dream.
The 3-year-old homebred daughter of Yesbyjimminy, who captured the $75,000 Cedar Key in her previous start, ran five furlongs over a firm turf course in 55.65 seconds to prevail by 1 ½ lengths in the overnight stakes for fillies and mares.
Ridden by Edgard Zayas, Miz Mayhem, pressed a solid pace set by Sound Defence, who showed the way past fractions of 21.31 (seconds) and 43.40 for the first half-mile. The Plesa-trained 8-5 favorite kicked in through the stretch to score her fourth straight race at five-furlongs on turf at Gulfstream.
“I had a perfect position outside of the speed. At the three-eighths pole I asked her and put the pressure on [Sound Defense] and kept on going,” Zayas said. “She’s a very nice filly and she’s improving.”
Island Reward, the 5-2 second choice ridden by Jose Batista, closed well to finish second, a neck ahead of Bones and jockey Tyler Gaffalione. Sound Defence, the 3-1 third choice who had won her last three races in optional claiming allowance company, faded to fourth, another three lengths back.
Plesa was enroute to Ocala by car for Wednesday’s OBS sale, planning to watch the live feed of the Nicole’s Dream on his IPad, only to have the screen freeze as the horses were being loaded into the gate.
“Luckily, the sound was coming through. We were listening to it, but we didn’t get to see it,” Plesa said.
Miz Mayhem’s thoroughly professional victory Saturday was the third stakes victory of the Spring Meet for Plesa, who opted to maintain a year-round presence at Gulfstream instead of venturing to Monmouth Park’s meeting this year.
“It’s a highlight of staying down here. She’s won two stake races and Mr. Jordan won a stake race. That’s three stakes races I’ve won this summer. It’s very questionable if I could have won them up there and, on top of it, they’re Florida-breds,” Plesa said.