Updated on 09/17/2011 10:52PM

Three Ring: Sentimental win for Plesa

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Stolen Prayer wins the $100,000 Three Ring Stakes at Calder on Saturday.

Trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. has won more than his share of stakes during his career. But few, if any, have meant more than Stolen Prayer's one-length victory over the 8-5 favorite Capozzene in the $100,000 Three Ring Stakes.

Plesa trained the ill-fated Three Ring during her short but extremely successful career that ended tragically following a paddock mishap in New York.

"Of all the named races they have here I was just really glad to be able to win this race," said Plesa.

Stolen Prayer benefited from a perfectly judged ride by Eddie Castro, who rated her off the pace of California invader Golden Silk for the first five furlongs of the 1 1/16-mile Three Ring. Stolen Prayer moved readily to command when asked on the far turn, opened a three- length lead in early stretch then held safe Capozzene despite weakening a bit at the end.

Capozzene raced well-positioned along the rail, eased out into the stretch, then raced a bit erratically while gaining gradually on the winner through the late stages. El Bank Robber rallied belatedly to be third.

Stolen Prayer, a daughter of Songand-aprayer, covered the distance in 1:50.01 and paid $7.40.

"I thought Eddie did a great job getting her to settle and then did the right thing letting her go at the three-eighths pole rather than fight her any longer," said Plesa.