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Itsmyluckyday Back in the Garden State

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2013 Preakness runner-up Itsmyluckyday has made the move back to the Garden State for Saturday’s Majestic Light Stakes. Conditioned by Eddie Plesa, Jr., the 4-year old colt will make his third start after sustaining an injury in the Grade 3 Pegasus Stakes at Monmouth Park last June. After returning home from his winter in Florida, Itsmyluckyday took to the Monmouth track for the first time last Friday, May 16, breezing four furlongs in :50 flat.

“He’s doing everything at 100%, I wouldn’t change anything. He’s doing great back home,” Plesa said.
Itsmyluckyday is coming off of a win on April 26 in a stakes event at Gulfstream Park where he bested the field by three lengths.

A son of Lawyer Ron, out of Viva La Slew, Itsmyluckyday will look to continue his success against a field of six as they travel a mile and 70 yards along Monmouth’s main track looking to claim the winner’s share of the $75,000 purse.

“I think he’ll be stalking the pace,” Plesa said regarding strategy for the race. “It looks like there’ll be an honest pace up there and I expect him to be stalking it. We drew an outside post position, but it’s all up to Paco [jockey Lopez].”

Lopez, who will be aboard Itsmyluckyday in the Majestic Light, broke the Monmouth Park record for most wins on a card last Saturday with seven victories.

When asked about the future of Itsmyluckyday, Plesa said, “I just want to get through this race and then I’ll start making plans as far as what we’re going to do next. We’re going to have to start hooking some heavy heads, and this race has come up very competitive in all honesty, so we’ll just have to see what happens.” 

Itsmyluckyday is expected to be the favorite in the Majestic Light, as he is 9-5 on the morning line. He’ll have to best graded stakes placed Golden Itiz and graded stakes winner Code West to claim victory in Saturday’s feature, which will go as race 11 on a 12-race card.

 

WINILISCIOUS SET TO BOUNCE BACK IN SUNDAY’S MONMOUTH BEACH

 

Trainer Chuck Spina will send Winiliscious into Sunday’s $75,000 Monmouth Beach Stakes, her first race of 2014. Coming off of a five month layoff, Winiliscious will look to improve her runner-up finish in last year’s Monmouth Beach. In her last race Winiliscious finished sixth back in December at Gulfstream Park.  

“I would have liked to see her get a race under her belt before this one,” said Spina, “but she runs good fresh.  She’s been training really well so that’s all you can ask for. She just had a bad race last race. She ran great in the three before it but just didn’t perform that day.”

A 5-year-old mare by Lawyer Ron, out of Wini Jones, Winiliscious worked four furlongs in :48 handily Monday, May 12, at Monmouth Park, working fifth best out of 121. She’ll round out a field of ten as she breaks out of the 10 post on Sunday.

“She always lays close, but she got the 10-hole,” said Spina regarding strategy for his entry in Sunday’s feature. “I like that better than the one-hole but she’s going to have to really hustle to get position because her game is laying close.”

The field will travel a mile and 70 yards along the dirt in Oceanport as they look to claim victory in the Monmouth Beach.  

Jockey Navin Mangalee gets the mount on Winiliscious in the Monmouth Beach, which will go as race 11 on a 12-race card Sunday at Monmouth Park.

 

 

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