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Kentucky Derby Pedigree Profile - Itsmyluckyday

On Saturday in the Holy Bull Stakes (G-3), Itsmyluckyday looked last year's Juvenile Champ Shanghai Bobby in the eye and went right on by. SHANGHAI BOBBY, making his first start since prevailing in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, had the bulls-eye on his back. Breaking from post one, the Todd Pletcher trainee went right to the front with CLEARLY NOW and Itsmyluckyday hounding him through the early stages of the race. Rounding the far turn, the three colts separated themselves from the rest of the pack. Shanghai Bobby threw down six furlongs in 1:10.69 as Itsmyluckyday inched his way to the Champ's throat latch. Clearly Now, fell behind as the two determined colts sprinted clear. Itsmyluckyday, piloted expertly by Elvis Trujillo,

drew away from the tiring Shanghai Bobby in deep stretch, crossing the finish line two lengths in front. Take nothing away from the Juvenile Champ, as he was making his first start of the season and was 11 ¼ lengths clear of the third place finisher Clearly Now. Itsmyluckyday traveled the 1 1/6 miles in 1:41.81, breaking the old record of 1:42.35 set by Endorsement set February 1, 2012.

Watch the race here.


ITSMYLUCKYDAY (Lawyer Ron - Viva La Slew, by Doneraile Court) sold for $110K at the OBS March 2012 two year old in training sales to Trilogy Stable and Laurie Pleasa after breezing a furlong in :10 3/5 seconds. He demonstrated his fondness for the Gulfstream Park surface on January 1, winning the one mile Gulfstream Park Derby by 6 ¾ lengths. As a two year old, Itsmyluckyday demonstrated his versatility and class in winning the Fasig Tipton Turf Dash Stakes and in his following start, the Foolish Pleasure Stakes at a mile over dirt. His form took a downward turn when the Eddie Pleasa Jr. trainee finished off of the board in the Delta Jackpot (G-3) and Dania Beach Stakes. The dark bay colt owns a 9-5-1-1 ($425,6000) race record and collected 10 Kentucky Derby points for his victory in the Holy Bull.

Sire:
Lawyer Ron, Itsmyluckyday's sire, made 26 starts in four years. He thrived on racing. Lawyer Ron faced the starter ten times as a two year old, which in recent times, is more than some horses run in their entire careers. Lawyer Ron wasn’t a precocious juvenile. He ended his two year old season with a 10-3-1-3 record, earning wins in a maiden, allowance and listed stakes event. At three, Lawyer Ron started to develop his talent. After sweeping the Southwest Stakes, Risen Star (G3), Rebel (G3), and Arkansas Derby (G-1), Lawyer Ron headed to Churchill Downs as the favorite for the 2006 Kentucky Derby. After contesting the pace, he faded to twelfth. Lawyer Ron was at the top of his game as a four year old and set two track records at 1 1/8 miles; One at Saratoga in the Whitney Handicap (G-1) and the other at Belmont Park in the Woodward Stakes (G-1). Despite finishing seventh in the 2007 Breeders’ Cup Classic, Lawyer Ron was voted Champion Older Horse. He was extremely competitive at the highest levels running 1 1/8 miles, but his Achilles heel was the classic distance of 1 ¼ miles. Lawyer Ron's worst finishes came in the largest events of his life in the Kentucky Derby and two off the board placings in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. However, Lawyer Ron did finish second by a nose to Curlin in the 1 ¼ mile Jockey Club Gold Cup. Overall, his record at 1 ¼ miles was 4-0-1-0.

Tragically, Lawyer Ron only stood one and a half seasons at stud before succumbing to colic at the young age of six. When his two year olds hit the track running in 2011, the son of Langfuhr fished the year as the third leading Freshman sire in terms of earnings. Last year, he was the sixth leading Sophomore sire despite producing only 80 foals. On the track, Lawyer Ron's progeny have been successful up to 1 1/8 miles over Polytrack and Turf and up to 1 1/6 miles over the dirt.
LAWYER RON (Langfuhr - Donation, by Lord Avie)
Itsmyluckyday sire Lawyer Ron Race Record: 26-12-4-4 ($2,790,008)
Career Highlights:
2007 Eclipse Award Older Male
1st - Whitney Handicap (G-1) 1 1/8 miles (NTR)
1st - Woodward Stakes (G-1) 1 1/8 miles (NTR)
1st - Oaklawn Handicap (G-2) 1 1/8 miles
1st - Arkansas Derby (G-2) 1 1/8 miles
1st - Risen Star Stakes (G-2) 1 1/16 miles
1st - Rebel Stakes (G-2) 1 1/16 miles
2nd - Jockey Club Gold Cup Stakes (G-1) 1 ¼ miles
2nd - Super Derby (G-2) 1 1/16 miles
2nd - Salvator Mile Handicap (G-3) 1 mile
3rd - Metropolitan Handicap (G-1) 1 mile


Female Family:
Itsmyluckyday's dam Viva La Slew is a veteran of 20 races. She spent her career as an allowance runner at Calder and Gulfstream Park, making the majority of her starts as a two year old. She placed against the colts in the listed B L's Sweep Stakes. The daughter of Doneraile Court won at two furlongs to a mile over the dirt. Itsmyluckyday's half sister Findthesource (by Dehere) raced twice, getting a second and third place finish against maidens. Viva La Slew has a two year old colt, Viva Wildwood (by Henny Hughes), and Tale of Ekati yearling colt.

Viva La Slew is a half sister to the stakes winning mare Ready to Live (by More Than Ready) and to the Mexican stakes winner Medaglia D'orizaba (by Medaglia D' Oro). Itsmyluckyday's second dam Vida La Viva (by Crafty Prospector) is unraced. Descendants of this female family include Florida Derby hero Vicar (by Wild Again) and French Group 1 winner Astronomer Royal (by Danzig).

VIVA LA SLEW ( Doneraile Court - Viva La Viva, by Crafty Prospector)
Race Record: 20-2-3-2 ($49,000)
Career Highlights:
3rd – B L's Sweep Stakes 5 ½ F

itsmyluckyday pedigree chart


Damsire:
Itsmyluckyday's damsire Doneraile Court, a son of Triple Crown hero Seattle Slew, carved out a career as a miler. As a broodmare sire, he’s represented by eight stakes winners, including the Champion Chilean Filly Amani. Bashford Manor Stakes (G-3) hero Circle Unbroken, and listed winner Bernie the Maestro. Doneraile Court’s daughters produce mainly sprinter/milers that are vulnerable past 1 1/6 miles. The aforementioned Amani is the only stakes winner at 1 1/8 and
1 ¼ miles over the dirt.
DONERAILE COURT (Seattle Slew - Sophisticated Girl, by Stop the Music)
Itsmyluckyday damsire doneraile courtRace Record: 16-6-3-2 ($361,410)
Career Highlights:
1st - Jerome Handicap (G-2) 1 mile
1st - Nashua Stakes (G-2) 1 mile
2nd - Dwyer Stakes (G-2) 1 1/16 miles
2nd – Holy Bull Stakes (G-3) 1 1/16 miles

 
 
 
Going back one generation, Itsmyluckyday's second damsire Crafty Prospector (Mr. Prospector - Real Crafty Lady, by In Reality) won six of eight starts as a sprinter and was second in the Gulfstream Park Handicap (G-1) at 1 ¼ miles. He was a useful sire and some of his notable runners include Japanese Champion Agnes Digital, Crafty Friend, Prospector's Gamble and Sneaky Friend. Crafty Prospector is a strong mud influence in pedigrees. His daughter's offspring were best as sprinter/milers.

Itsmyluckyday is the only foal produced by the Layer Ron/Doneraile Court bloodline cross.

Summary:
Itsmyluckyday conformationItsmyluckyday is a well-conformed, eye-catching, large dark brown colt with the physic of a two turn route runner. Both his sire and damsire have an extremely powerful shoulder and Itsmyluckyday inherited this feature. He has a smooth gallop and excellent leg extension without any wasted movement or leg paddling. Itsmyluckyday bore out in deep stretch of the Holy Bull, responding to the left handed whip, but held a straight course during the rest of the race. Itsmyluckyday's pedigree is borderline for Classic distances. Neither his sire or damsire were winners beyond 1 1/8 miles and the second damsire Crafty Prospector lends more speed than stamina to his pedigree. Itsmyluckyday has a pace pressing running style. He could be strongly competitive up to 1 1/8 miles, and may have the fortitude to place beyond 1 1/8 miles especially if there is a slow early pace, but he may need a lifetime best race to win a Classic.

 

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Older Comments about Kentucky Derby Pedigree Profile - Itsmyluckyday...

Mrs.Laurie Ross's acessment sounds very positive and it is also my opinion, he is strong but doubt about his staying power in derby distance?
Sorry, just remember this so well because I called it and Curlin's BCC win.
Lawyer Ron did win the Woodward prior to getting gunned down by Curlin in the JCGC.
He did run in the Woodward(1:48.64), Whitney in 1:46.64.
Don't know if Lawyer Ron ran in the Woodward, but he set the track record in the Whitney for a 1 1/8.
Itsmyluckyday is second (behind Violence) on Haskin's first Derby Dozen for the year.http://cs.bloodhorse.com/blogs/kentucky-derby-dozen/archive/2013/01/28/derby-dozen-video-january-29-2013-presented-by-shadwell-farm.aspx
Not to be nitpicky, but i thought Lawyer Ron ran his Woodward at Saratoga and I'm pretty sure it wasn't a track record that day. But to the topic at hand. This horse does have distance breeding. Yes his sire and damsire may not have won beyond 10f, but there are those in his pedigree, especially on is dam's side that did. Lawyer Ron's biggest issue with distance was his inability to fully relax. He did in some races, but more often than not he pulled. This horse seems to relax much better than his father, while also inheriting his father's fantastic turn of foot. That ability to relax could be what allows him to stretch out to longer distances.
I really like that trainer Plesa has given this colt 7 starts as a 2 YO slowly stretching him out. But, I'm old school, I think fit not fresh is the best path to the KY Derby--even though 2 race 3 YOs have been winning lately,,,,,,, and breaking down soon after.
Totally agree Rafi, he is absolutely stunning! Great conformation.
He seems to be developing beautifully and still has lots of room for improvement at longer distances. I am glad you mentioned Amani, because she has won at and beyond the distance of 10 furlongs. I hope Itsmyluckyday also inherited that stamina as well.
I knew Shaghigh bobby was full of shxxxx.... Itsmyluckyday blew his doors off!!!
Wow. Stunning picture. Beautifully confronted colt. WOW.
Nice looking colt. Hope he continues to mature well. If he can't get the distance, then perhaps he could be good at 8f-9f
I sure looks like Itsmyluckyday did not inherit any of the Crafty Prospector tendency for injury.
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