Multiple stakes winner Itsmyluckyday bounced out of his first
published work in nearly seven months in good shape, leaving trainer
Eddie Plesa excited about a 2014 campaign. “He looks like a million
dollars,” said Plesa, who trains Itsmyluckyday for his wife, Laurie, and
Trilogy Stable. “He came out of the work 110 percent. He’s anxious, no
question about it. I just have to make sure I have enough patience for
the both of us.”
Runner-up in both the Florida Derby (G1) and Preakness
(G1) last year, Itsmyluckyday went an easy three furlongs in 36 seconds
on Dec. 31 at Palm Meadows, the fastest of 31 horses. His last breeze
came in early June as a lead-up to the June 16 Pegasus (G3) at Monmouth
Park, where Itsmyluckyday was pulled up with what was later diagnosed as
a pelvic fracture, ending is 3-year-old season.
“I like the way he did what he did,” Plesa said. “He did it in hand,
he did it willfully, and he did it without being asked. He just really
couldn’t be doing any better.
“I didn’t expect it [to be that fast], but it didn’t surprise me.
He’s just that kind of horse, and he’s anxious. He’s a good-feeling
horse that’s happy to be out on the racetrack doing what he was bred to
do. It’s very gratifying to see the way this time off has healed
Plesa said he will keep Itsmyluckyday on a weekly work schedule
leading up to his 4-year-old debut, but is leaving all options open. A
likely target is the $100,000 Skip Away (G3) going 1 3/16 miles at
Gulfstream on March 29.
Itsmyluckyday won the Gulfstream Park Derby and Holy Bull (G3) in
2013 before finishing second to eventual Kentucky Derby winner Orb in
the Florida Derby. After a disappointing 15th in the Derby, the son of
Lawyer Ron bounced back to run behind Oxbow in the
“I have no plans or any race picked out,” Plesa said. “When the time
comes, he’ll let me know we’re close and then I’ll start looking