2013 Preakness runner-up Itsmyluckyday has made the move back to the
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
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.
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“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
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
Monmouth’s main track looking to claim the winner’s share of the
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
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
Park record for most wins on a card last Saturday with seven victories.
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.”
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
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
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
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.
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
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