Trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. is hoping to say ‘Itsmyluckyday’ after Gulfstream Park’s ninth race Thursday, when he is slated to saddle a daughter to the multiple graded-stakes winner he campaigned in 2012-2014.
Itsmyluckycharm, a daughter of first-crop sire Itsmyluckyday, is scheduled to debut in the first race for 2-year-olds during the Spring/Summer Meet. The Kentucky-bred filly drew Post No. 9 for the $65,000 4 ½-furlong dash that attracted a field of 10 and two also-eligible entrants.
“She has some talent but didn’t get a great draw. It’s the time of the year when we’re getting them ready, so I’m hoping for the best,” Plesa said. “She didn’t get the best draw but she has some talent, no ifs, ands or buts.”
Itsmyluckyday, who stands in Kentucky at Spendthrift Farm, won eight graded stakes, including the 2014 Woodward (G1) at Saratoga, and more than $1.7 million in purses. He also finished second in the 2013 Preakness Stakes (G1) and the 2013 Florida Derby (G1). Laurie Plesa, the trainer’s wife who owns Itsmyluckycharm, co-owned Itsmyluckyday with Trilogy Stable.
“[You’re proud] when you have a horse that does some special things and becomes a stallion at a good farm,” said Plesa, who noted that a 2-year-old son of Itsmyluckday sold for $525,000 at the OBS March sale
Itsmyluckycharm is set to face several other well-bred, well-connected fillies Thursday in a field that includes Todd Pletcher-trained Valkyrie Gold, Jason Servis-trained Mother’s Day, Mark Casse-trained Toonie Loonie and Stanley Gold-trained Cookie Dough.
The first 2-year-old race of the season will anchor Thursday’s 20-cent Rainbow 6 sequence that will start in the fourth race. The popular multi-race wager will offer a carryover jackpot of $185,512.06.
Plesa is scheduled to unveil another Itsmyluckyday offspring in Friday’s second race, another $65,000 4 ½-furlong dash. Laurie Plesa and Trilogy Stable’s Luckytobeinamerica is set to face seven rivals. The Kentucky-bred colt worked in company with Itsmyluckycharm at Palm Meadows April 5, when his stablemate produced a bullet three-furlong breeze in 36 1/5 seconds, a tick faster than his 36 2/5 clocking.
“They’re working together. They’re pretty close. A have another [Itsmyluckyday], also. They’re all nice looking horses,” Plesa said. “They can all run. I just don’t know about going 4 ½ [furlongs]. They’re well prepared; they’re ready.”
Francisco Maysonett has the mounts aboard both Itsmyluckycharm and Luckytobeinamerica.