While he prepares Gulfstream Park Derby and Holy Bull (G3) winner
Itsmyluckyday for a scheduled start in the $1 million Besilu Stables
Florida Derby (G1) on March 30, trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. will stay in the
3-year-old stakes mix Saturday with Speak Logistics.
The son of High Cotton, who is set to run in the $400,000 Besilu
Stables Fountain of Youth, made a strong move toward the leader in the
Sam F. Davis Stakes (G3) at Tampa Bay Downs on Feb. 2 before
encountering traffic that resulted in a fourth-place finish.
“He certainly would have been closer. At the time he was getting
ready to move to the lead, he got shut off and lost all his momentum. He
got beat 4, 4 ½ lengths for the whole thing,” Plesa said. “I’m not
saying he would have won the race because it was his first race back off
a layoff, but he would have been right there.”
Speak Logistics finished second in his five-furlong debut last July
before breaking his maiden around two turns at Monmouth by nearly six
lengths in a front-running romp. The Florida-bred colt came right back
to win the $300,000 In Reality at Calder with another dominating
front-running performance. He concluded his 2012 campaign with a
troubled seventh in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita.
“He’s a horse that was able to have things his own way on the lead,
not that he needs the lead, as his last race proved. He found himself
between horses getting bumped around going down the backstretch (in the
Breeders' Cup). That was a bad experience for him and reacted the way
you’d expect to happen for the first time,” Plesa said.
“He’s a better horse because of it. He got beat 5 ½ lengths by Shanghai Bobby. No question it had an effect on him.”
Joel Rosario will ride Speak Logistics for the first time in the Fountain of Youth.
Plesa reported that Itsmyluckyday will likely have his first workout
since his Holy Bull triumph on Saturday to start serious preparation
for the Florida Derby.
“He’s 110 percent.” Plesa said. “I can’t wait for the Florida Derby.”