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Breeders' Cup 2017

Plesa Issues Upbeat Report On Itsmyluckyday

In the Pegasus Stakes, his first race after finishing second in the Preakness, Itsmyluckyday was pulled up along the backstretch by jockey Mike Smith and was later diagnosed with a fractured Ilium, a bone in the pelvic region. Trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. says that his horse is coming along very well, and that he expects big things from him in the future.

“Itsmyluckyday is doing outstanding,” Plesa said. “He’s still under stall rest until the first of October. The very end of September we’ll send him in for a bone scan to see how that Ilium’s healing. Mentally he’s doing great, physically he looks great so I’m anticipating a big 4-year-old year for him.”

Itsmyluckyday has won five of his 13 career races thus far, with his most notable win being in the Grade 3 Holy Bull. He has also placed in the Florida Derby and the Preakness, both Grade 1 events. A 3-year-old colt by Lawyer Ron out of Viva La Slew, Itsmyluckyday accumulated $830,100 in lifetime earnings for owners Trilogy Stable and Laurie Plesa.



Trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. will send a pair of fillies in Pray a Novena and Flay Mignon out for the $60,000 Colleen Stakes on Sunday. The Colleen will be the second career start for each horse, both of which are coming off impressive victories.

On July 26, Pray a Novena took the lead around the far turn in a maiden special weight event and opened up in the stretch run to win by an impressive four and a quarter lengths at the wire, stepping the five and a half furlongs in 1:06 1/5 along Monmouth’s main track. Two days later on July 28, Flay Mignon took the lead after firing out of the gate in a maiden special weight race on the dirt at Monmouth and never looked back while going gate-to-wire, winning by two and three-quarter lengths. While their previous outings all point to another impressive performance in the Colleen, Plesa believes the wildcard in the race is the unfamiliar surface that his fillies will face on Sunday.     

“It’s all a question of whether they like the turf,” Plesa said. “It’s a question mark because of their pedigree, but they’re training great and doing great. I couldn’t separate the two. The plan is to run them in the Sorority if they do well here.”  

A 2-year-old daughter of Belong to Me out of Adhrhythm, Pray a Novena carries the colors of Rick Shanley and Laurie Plesa, while the 2-year-old daughter of Yesbyjimminy out of Forest Retreat, Flay Mignon bears the colors solely of Laurie Plesa. Each filly earned an identical $24,000 for their ownership interests in their lone lifetime start.

Jockey Paco Lopez will ride Flay Mignon who will break from the six-hole, as Gabriel Saez gets the mount aboard Pray a Novena coming out of post position four. Lopez rode each of the fillies to victory in their previous race.

“I asked Paco which one he wanted to ride and he chose Flay Mignon,” said Plesa. “She should be on the lead or close to it. She has a lot of speed. The other filly (Pray a Novena) should be set up in a stalking position.” 

Sunday’s Colleen Stakes for 2-year-old fillies is set to go off as race 11 on Monmouth’s 12-race card.




 This Sunday Monmouth Park will host Kortney’s Challenge, a two mile fun run/walk. Proceeds from Kortney’s Challenge will go to the Kortney Rose Foundation, an organization dedicated to raising funds to support research and education related to the treatment and cure of pediatric brain tumors.

 The race will begin at 10:00 a.m. at the track’s Oceanport Avenue entrance and will end two miles later in the Grandstand. Runners will also receive free Grandstand parking and free Grandstand admission to the park with registration to Kortney’s Challenge. Participants can register on race day in person beginning at 8:30 a.m., or online at www.thekortneyrosefoundation.org.




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I can't wait for him to come back for a 4yo season!!!!

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