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Itsmyluckyday Prepares for Comeback

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A multiple stakes winner at Gulstream last winter, Preakness (G1) runner-up Itsmyluckyday is nearing a return to the work tab.
 
The 3-year-old Lawyer Ron colt is stabled at Palm Meadows with trainer Eddie Plesa, who is looking forward to getting his stable star back to the races.
 
“He made a big splash last year at Gulstream and was fortunate to finish second in the Preakness and then got injured in the race after that,” Plesa said. “He’s back in training now and he’ll probably have his first work at the end of this month. He’ll run sometime at the Gulfstream meet.”
 
Itsmyluckyday stamped himself a Kentucky Derby contender with wins in the Gulfstream Park Derby and Holy Bull (G3) before running second to Orb in the Florida Derby (G1). Orb went on to win the Derby while Itsmyluckyday was 15th, but he rebounded with a strong showing in the Preakness.
 
In his subsequent start, Itsmyluckday was pulled up facing Verrazano in the Pegasus (G3) at Monmouth Park and was later diagnosed with a pelvic fracture, similar to that of 2011 Derby winner Animal Kingdom, who came back from an eight-month layoff to run second in the Breeders’ Cup Mile and then win the 2012 Dubai World Cup.
 
“Certain injuries, you say to yourself, ‘You hope he comes back.’ What he had was pretty black and white,” Plesa said. “They get over it, they heal 100 percent and there are no side effects. Lucky enough for him, as much time as we’ve lost, the light at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter because we can see that he’s getting closer to where he’s going to be working and then running.”
 
Plesa has been encouraged by the energy Itsmyluckyday has shown in the mornings.
 
“He’s exactly the same as he was when he went to the Preakness,” he said. “He used to drag me around that barn every morning, and he’s dragging us around the barn now. It’s exciting to have him getting ready to run. When he’s ready to run, then two or three weeks out we’ll find something for him.”
 
 

 

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Normandy Invasion screams turf
Good. He and Goldencents were my Derby picks. I hope he comes back with a vengeance.
nice to see one come back instead of bow out! Normandy invasion is interesting, but I have been excited about and not forgotten REVOLUTIONARY!
Can't wait! Love him!
and Normandy Invasion

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