02/23/2013 3:27PM

Gulfstream Park: Itsmyluckyday gets back to work; Florida Derby is next up

Tom Keyser
Holy Bull winner Itsmyluckyday, ridden by Isidorio Ramos, breezes a half-mile in 48.77 seconds Saturday at Calder.

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – Itsmyluckyday turned in his first workout since upsetting Eclipse Award champion Shanghai Bobby in the Grade 3 Holy Bull when he breezed an easy half-mile in 48.77 seconds at Calder on Saturday morning.

Itsmyluckyday, a son of Lawyer Ron trained by Eddie Plesa Jr. rallied from just off the pace to a two-length victory over Shanghai Bobby in the 1 1/16-mile Holy Bull on Jan. 26. The win was the second of the meet for Itsmyluckyday, who also captured the Gulfstream Park Derby by nearly seven lengths on New Year’s Day.

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Itsmyluckyday and Shanghai Bobby are expected to meet again in the Grade 1 Florida Derby on March  30.

“The work went perfect, just like I expected,” said Plesa. “It was his first work back since the Holy Bull and it went just like all his other works. He’s on top of his game, I just have to keep his feet on the ground and get him to peak at the right time.”

Plesa said his only concern with Itsmyluckyday is the new point system in place to determine eligibility for this year’s Kentucky Derby. Itsmyluckyday, who is currently rated fourth in Daily Racing Form ’s Derby Watch, has only 10 points, which he earned for his victory in the Holy Bull.

“I hope the point system isn’t a factor in his running in the Derby,” said Plesa. “I really don’t know what good comes out of the new system. I only see it forcing people to run more than they want. I certainly hope it’s a non-factor for us after the Florida Derby. I’d rather win the Kentucky Derby more than any race there is, although I’m not going to shortchange him one iota just to get to the Derby.”

Falling Sky heads to Tampa Derby

Falling Sky, a late scratch from Saturday’s Fountain of Youth, will likely make his next start in the Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby on March  9, according to Nick Sallusto, stable manager for the horse’s ownership group. Falling Sky won Tampa’s Grade 3 Sam Davis in his 3-year-old debut on Feb. 2.

“It was pretty straightforward. We just weren’t comfortable with the post position,” said Sallusto. “At the end of it all, we were hoping to get more than one scratch. It was just a little daunting running from the nine-hole, we just didn’t think we’d be able to take our best shot with him from there.”

Sky Captain had also scratched out of the Fountain of Youth earlier in the day.

“The Tampa Bay Derby was the race we originally had considered for Falling Sky after winning the Sam Davis and it’s definitely the next race on our radar screen, although we’ll also consider the Rebel as a possibility,” said Sallusto. “The horse is doing fine and he’ll have a big, long work [Sunday] at Palm Meadows to let him blow the steam out because he was ready to go today.”

Roger More than 1 year ago
Itsmyluckyday has had too many races to make a run at the Derby. Has already fired his best shot. Also the way he looked after the Holy Bull was not encouraging. He has his supporters but not for me. I think Falling Sky has a better chance in Tampa against Verrazano than against Delhomme in the Rebel.
Tyren M More than 1 year ago
Sallusto, you can run but u can't hide. Verrazano or Baffert @ Oaklawn, choose your poison.
Black More than 1 year ago
Goatherder, its what I said. I can't even say Havealuckyday. ;-) That's Spanky's verdict. :-) Like I said not being on the brunch circuit makes you something less than equal around there. To get a little freedom of speech I guess I'll have to go Back to the US... back to the US... back to the USSR..... LOL. I figured you might take a look here because of your horse.
Curtis V Slewster More than 1 year ago
You're pretty sharp there Black. I left you something on MW's. IMLD ? It sure would be horrible if this guy doesn't get the points. After seeing the weekends races, this guy is now on the top of the heap. Not that I didn't have him there 2 months ago anyway. Butts: you never know. Because you didn't take up my offer from way back when{unless you still may have it ??}, I have to play Nancy Ellis w/you. LoL....Is your comment a Jack Webb of Dragnet ? The facts...Or are you presuming so ? Did you get this straight from Spanky ? It's not the error message thing is it ? That's not him. So, either you got from Spanky directly, or you didn't get from Spanky directly. Which is it ? On second thought, you are posting here, so now it's a conundrum. Let me know, or I'll post early on PH & see you there. Get my e thing if you can. Okie has it.
Mark Scheider More than 1 year ago
This is where the problem lies with Itsmyluckyday, he has fired back to back big ones. He is more than likely going to regress in the Florida Derby. However he can't bounce too much because he needs the points. Waiting for the Florida Derby is either really brave or it will derail his chances of the Derby. Now lets say he takes another step forward (I don't know how much more forward than back to back 2's you can go). Well now he's in the Derby with little chance of running his best as he figured it out way too soon and literally "shot his load". Pardon the verbiage but it fits. This is why Eddie Plesa displayed his concern with the new system.
gallopingtom More than 1 year ago
He can improve he took a while to get going if you consider his 2yo races
Steve More than 1 year ago
Yeah, Alot of horses bounce after a 2 month layoff. The fear of a bounce is why he skipped the Fountain of Youth.