06/17/2013 1:04PM

Itsmyluckyday taken to medical center

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Itsmyluckyday was taken to the Mid-Atlantic Equine Medical Center in Ringoes, N.J., shortly before noon on Monday, where he will undergo further tests to determine the extent of any possible injury that compelled jockey Mike Smith to pull him up shortly after completing a half-mile of Sunday’s Pegasus Stakes at Monmouth Park.

According to trainer Eddie Plesa Jr., Itsmyluckyday was “in a little discomfort but not in any distress” on Monday morning. He said his horse was moving better by the time he walked onto the van than he had been earlier that morning, while showing symptoms that he called “typical of a slight crack someplace.”

Itsmyluckyday was sent up to engage the odds-on favorite, Verrazano, nearing the five furlong pole when he suddenly dropped back and was pulled up by Smith almost immediately thereafter. The Pegasus was Itsmy­luckyday’s first start since his second-place finish behind Oxbow in the Preakness.

With Itsmyluckyday, the 6-5 second choice, out of the race, Verrazano ultimately went on to record an easy victory in the Pegasus.

“When I first saw Mike pull the horse up I just thought I hope it’s nothing serious and that he’ll be okay,” said Plesa on Monday. “As soon as I got to him, I could see there was nothing catastrophic. We took a set of X-rays once getting him back to the barn, which came back negative. He’ll undergo a nuclear scan at the clinic tomorrow, and even if they do find something, I don’t believe it will be an injury that will be career-ending.”

Plesa praised Smith for his decision to pull Itsmyluckyday up quickly enough to prevent a potentially catastrophic result.

“I just want to commend Mike for the outstanding job he did getting the horse pulled up when he did,” said Plesa. “I’ve seen things like this happen before with an inexperienced rider, where you go from having a little problem to having a catastrophic problem. It’s better to be safe than sorry, and when you have a rider with Mike’s experience, those things don’t happen.”

Plesa was using the Pegasus as a prep for Monmouth Park’s marquee race, the Grade 1 Haskell, later this summer. Itsmyluckyday, a 3-year-old son of Lawyer Ron, won Gulfstream Park’s Grade 3 Holy Bull and finished second in the Grade 1 Florida Derby before turning in a disappointing 15th-place finish over a sloppy track in the Kentucky Derby. But he rebounded nicely off the poor effort to finish second, less than two lengths behind Oxbow, in the Preakness.

Itsmyluckyday is owned in partnership by Plesa’s wife, Laurie, and the Trilogy Stable.

evnmny evnmny More than 1 year ago
This is a case of a horse who has done way less than he is credited for. Really what has this horse done to be considered one of the top 3 year olds? He won a grade 3 and ran second in what was one of the weakest Preakness ever. This horse will be running in allowance races by years end. Pointing for the Haskell, what a freakn cloud of bull kacka.
Susan Huart More than 1 year ago
Other websites have reported Lucky has a hairline pelvic fracture of the ilium. He's staying in NJ for awhile and then back to Florida for a rest. It was also reported that this is the same injury that took Animal Kingdom out for 9 months. So, it's overall good news for IMLD. He's expected to be okay:-)
John Stahl More than 1 year ago
Thank you for the update Susan. It's too bad that this website doesn't see fit to keep us updated on the condition of a very popular horse.
JoyJackson21 More than 1 year ago
Thanks so much for the update, Susan. Lucky will beat this just like Animal Kingdom beat this injury. Lucky is a tough colt. He will rise to meet this challenge and be triumphant.
steve szymanski More than 1 year ago
Thanks, everyone.... OVER RACED BAD WORKOUT PATTERNS You gotta love this site for a quick laughter and pick-me-up.
Susan Huart More than 1 year ago
IMLD has a hairline pelvic fracture. Is it still funny to you?
JoyJackson21 More than 1 year ago
Thank you, Mike Smith. Your experience, wisdom & prudence definitely helped Lucky tremendously. We all owe you a debt of gratitude for your quick action. I'm hopefully anticipating hearing heartening results from the nuclear scan, pray Lucky is doing better than expected & will be back to his optimum best very, very soon. I'm praying for his 100% complete healing & recovery. I look forward to Lucky being back soon thrilling us all once again competing in big graded stakes races in the future. Buona fortuna, Lucky! We're pulling for you, big guy!
John Nicoletti More than 1 year ago
Mike smith, has always been a class act. Thanks Mike, for keeping the horse safe and sound.
Holybull More than 1 year ago
Thanks Mike for a great job at getting IMLD pulled up. Hope the horse returns to training after a full recovery.
hialeah More than 1 year ago
Glad the horse is apparently OK - but the DRF does cater to those that are pari-mutually inclined and this is a comment board where everyone likes to vent. The fact that 1 of the 2 favorites was pulled up is going to upset some people. But without pari-mutuals Thoroughbred horse racing would be reduced to a series of hunt meetings. Think: the sound of one hand clapping. Ask a 20 or 30 something about Thoroughbred horse racing and unless you are standing in Blue Grass or out side some historic venue you will get blank stares and stammering as 99% don't know or don't care. Rather than beat up on the down trodden bettor I would think someone might try to smooth (read: better explanation of what went wrong) this over before the black-eye just gets worse. Did I mention I'm glad the horse is OK?
Sam Shelby More than 1 year ago
Karma. You deliberately run a horse at less than 100% as Plesa did in the FL derby and he deserves this.
Susan Huart More than 1 year ago
......but Lucky did not....
JoyJackson21 More than 1 year ago
Excellent point, Susan!
Sam Shelby More than 1 year ago
Sorry about the horse, but if you enter a race knowing your horse is not 100%, and you have no intention of winning, stay the bleep home because that is fraud.
Judy Fraizer More than 1 year ago
Mike is a professional....and he cares about the horses, not just the winner's circle. Great job MIke. Get well IMLD!
Mable Roberts More than 1 year ago
Hoping they find a reason for Lucky's discomfort. He's a fantastic little horse who I am sure can do wonderful things in the future.
Mable Roberts More than 1 year ago
***more wonderful things. :)