Itsmyluckyday more than "Best of the Rest"

April 26, 2014 02:55pm
 
This time last year, Itsmyluckyday was one of the most talked about colts heading into the Kentucky Derby. Despite getting his career off to a good start at Monmouth and Calder, as a two-year old, he wasn’t one of the big names heading into his sophomore year. All that changed when he romped home a clear winner in the Gulfstream Park Derby and then followed that victory up with a convincing score over the previously undefeated Champion 2-Year Old Shanghai Bobby in the Holy Bull. A second in the Florida Derby earned him his ticket to Churchill Downs, where he ran a disappointing 15th. He redeemed himself with a nice 2nd in the Preakness, but he lost the rest of his season after fracturing his pelvis in the Pegasus.
 
 
The Lawyer Ron colt made his comeback last month in an ambitious spot, the G2 Gulfstream Park Handicap, where he faced some of the top players in the division. Despite the long layoff and stiff competition, Itsmyluckyday showed up and gave his best, finishing 4th, beaten by about 7 lengths. Today he caught a much easier spot in the $75,000 Best of the Rest at Gulfstream Park.
 
 
Always a part of the pace in the early goings, Itsmyluckyday was content to closely press pace-setting Sr. Quisqueyano throughout the first half mile. As the duo moved into the far turn, Itsmyluckyday assumed command and easily drew clear. While still well within himself, the colt pulled away to win by 3 lengths in a final time of 1:42.38 for the 1 1/16 distance. Sr. Quisqueyano held second and Joshua’s Comprise gained third. The order of finish was completed by Macho Bull, Goodtimehadbyall, Speak Logistics, and Ledokol.
 
 
Sent off as the 1-2 heavy favorite, Itsmyluckyday returned $3.00/$2.20/$2.10. Second place finisher Sr. Quisqueyano paid $3.20/$2.60, and Joshua’s Comprise returned $7.20 for the show. The $2 exacta was worth a mere $9.40, the $1 trifecta paid $26.00, and the $0.10 superfecta returned $10.41.
 
 
Trainer Edward Plesa, Jr. was satisfied with his colt’s effort and how the race played out. “He ran the race I would have expected him to run. Anything other than how he won, I probably would have been somewhat disappointed. If he was all out to win by a length or two lengths, I would have said, ‘Maybe he needed the race.’ But I would have been disappointed,” he said.
 
 
Future plans for Itsmyluckyday call for a couple more easy spots and a move from South Florida to New Jersey to join Plesa at Monmouth Park for the spring and summer months. “I’m just looking to find a couple easy spots before we go hunting the heavy heads,” Plesa said. “We’ll try to build his confidence and everything else up, so when I have to run against a horse like Palace Malice next time, I’ll be able to say, ‘This horse is ready to give his best performance and ready to find out where he belongs.’” 

 

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Older Comments about Itsmyluckyday more than "Best of the Rest"...

Love seeing him back, looks as wonderful l as ever. Fingers crossed for him.
No worries Exterminator. IMLD will be shipping to the Jersey Shore for the spring/summer.
He looked very good. Now they just need to get him away from that track before he gets hurt again.
93 BSF for the geared down Plesa runner.
Looking forward to seeing IMLD at the Jersey Shore this summer.
Solid performance for last year's Preakness runner-up ... looks like he is back.

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