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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 him.”            

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 Preakness.            

“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 around.”                       



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Older Comments about Itsmyluckyday Back to Work in Florida...

Ended up 8/45, not that there's anything wrong with that... his 1st in 3 weeks... hiccup?
1/2 mile bullet today @ Palm Meadows...
Great to hear!

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