Trilogy Stables and Laurie Plesa’s 3-year-old Itsmyluckyday
half-mile in 49 2/5 Saturday morning at Calder for trainer Eddie Plesa,
Jr. as he put the finishing touches on the colt’s preparation for next
Saturday’s $1 million Besilu Stables Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream
“It couldn’t have gone any better,” said Plesa. “He galloped out
strong. Everything in his training since the Holy Bull has gone on
schedule. Now the next thing to be concerned with will be the draw
(Wednesday).” Itsmymyluckyday broke from post seven of 10 when he won
the $400,000 Holy Bull Stakes (G3) by two lengths over favorite Shanghai
Bobby going 1 1/16 miles on Jan. 26
While most of the attention on Plesa’s stable has been focused on
Itsmyluckyday he also had another potential Kentucky Derby prospect on
the Saturday morning work tab with Hardaway Stable’s Speak Logistics
working a sharp half-mile in a ‘bullet’ 47 1/5, fastest of 61 timed at
the distance. The son of High Cotton finished third last out in the
$400,000 Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) behind Orb on Feb.
“He worked super. He missed a work last week but bounced back to work
great this morning,” said Plesa. “We were planning on the Wood Memorial
(Aqueduct on April 6), but now we’ve changed course and looking at the
Blue Grass in Kentucky.” Speak Logistics had last worked on March 9 when
he went a half-mile in 49. The $750,000 Blue Grass Stakes (G1) will be
run a week later than the Wood on Saturday April 13.
Plesa also reported that Live Oak Plantation’s 6-year-old homebred mare
was on target to run in the $150,000 Rampart Stakes
(G3) on Florida Derby Day. The daughter of Successful Appeal worked five
furlongs in 1:02 on Friday morning at Calder, and will bid for his
third stakes victory of the meet following scores in the $100,000 Ocala
Stakes on Dec. 30 and $300,000 Sunshine Millions Distaff on Jan. 19.
Also currently listed as confirmed for the Florida Derby are Starlight
Racing, Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith’s Shanghai
Bobby, Stuart Janney III’s Orb, Magic City Thoroughbred Partners’ Frac
Daddy, Bruce Chandler and partners’ Merit Man, Stipa Racing Stable’s
Narvaez, Ron Kirk, Michael Riordan, John Bates, Anthony Shaw and Aaron
Sones’ Are You Kidding Me, Carolyn Vogel’s Pick of the Litter and
Donegal Racing’s Pontiff.
also hit the Saturday morning work tab with five furlongs in
1:03 2/5 for trainer Agustin Bezara. The roan/gray son of Holy Bull
finished in a dead-heat with Declan’s Warrior last out in a 7 ½ furlongs
allowance race here on March 9. Bezara sent out Stipa Racing’s Reveron
for a game second-place finish in the Florida Derby last year, beaten a
length by Take Charge Indy with Union Rags another neck back in third.