04/11/2013 9:29AM

Kentucky Derby: Itsmyluckyday breezes at Calder

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Tom Keyser
Itsmyluckyday, shown training earlier in the year, breezed a half-mile in 48.22 at Calder on Thursday.

MIAMI - Itsmyluckyday, one of the leading contenders for this year’s Kentucky Derby, breezed an easy half-mile in 48.22 seconds at Calder on Thursday morning. The work was his first since finishing second behind Orb as the favorite in the Grade 1 Florida Derby 12 days earlier.

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With regular rider Elvis Trujillo aboard, Itsmyluckyday completed his opening quarter in 23.48 and was going easily at the wire. He galloped out five-eighths in 1:01.16 while finishing into a moderate headwind shortly after the renovation break.

“It was a maintenance work,” said trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. “He worked exactly like we thought he would and wanted him to. I told Elvis to go in 48, so that was pretty close. He came out of the work 100 percent, kicking down the barn, feeling good.”

Thursday’s work is one of three breezes Plesa has scheduled for Itsmyluckyday prior to vanning him to Churchill Downs on Friday, April 26. Itsmyluckyday is fifth in the points standings for the Kentucky Derby and thus virtually assured of a spot in the field.

“I’m kind of undecided about what we’ll do with him in his next two works,” said Plesa. “Could I throw another easy mile into him? I could. I just have to get a feeling when it comes time. He’ll breeze each of the next two Thursdays, ship Friday, and I might blow him out after he’s galloped a few mornings at Churchill.”

Mark Scheider More than 1 year ago
What people are neglecting to realize is there is an overflowing handful of horses that will be shooting for the lead from the gate, that NEED the lead. Those that have earned their duckets along the way leading inferior horses around the track will have to fight for a lead using some early energy they NEVER had to expend! It will come down to which of the front end horses hold the true power edge. Your phonies such as Vyjak, Goldencents will be nowhere when the real running starts. IMLD's Florida Derby was exactly what it is titled, a PREP. He finished SECOND and he's the 5th points leader. Plesa waited for the Florida Derby when his horse ONLY had 10 points. WHY? Because his numbers are that powerful. Im not going to guarantee you a victory because my last guarantee of Golden losing last week went awry, but I will say, leave IMLD off your ticket at your own peril. Dont be shocked if he runs a monster.
Mark Scheider More than 1 year ago
His breeding shows that amongst his peers, he can get the 1 1/4 before many of the other foes. If you use one race to judge him, you fell in the trap.
Chris More than 1 year ago
Mark . I with you on this one.
Perl More than 1 year ago
This horse is clearly toast from the big efforts in the winter. Classic Florida horse who doesn't want the distance. Hope they all pound him in Louisville. Not sure the 12-1 or whatever y'all got in your future wagers looks so hot now.
Brandon Layer More than 1 year ago
He had every right to be beaten by Orb coming off that layoff. I'm not giving up on him yet. He ead one of the favorites until he lost a race he had a legitimate excuse in. Itsmyluckyday will be tough with a race under his belt.
Tom Temple More than 1 year ago
I agree with Mr. Layer on this. All money will go toward Orb, Verrazano, and, Revolutionary which leaves a horse like IMLD to rake in big for both his connections and us bettors.
Sandra Swan More than 1 year ago
Training up the the KD is not the time to be "undecided about what we'll do with him in his next two works". As they say on Shark Tank "I'm out"
Sandra Swan More than 1 year ago
* to the *
Mark Scheider More than 1 year ago
Ever hear of playing chess? Eddie Plesa Jr. has the fastest horse going into the KD. He IS the fastest horse, fact. They didnt want a blow out performance in the Florida Derby. They only needed a 2nd place finish. Stand by for a monster Derby His best race is May 4.
scott More than 1 year ago
I agree mark, I hope he is sitting on a big one and can finish in the 10th furlong. His pattern kind of reminds me of Fort Larned last year from his June win through the BC Classic. A couple big performances followed by an 8 week layoff, including a mile work, before the prep race. And Larned came up short at Belmont like Lucky did in FL derby. If he can work a bullet or be seen really galloping strongly at Churchill I'll still feel good about his form.
Chris More than 1 year ago
read between the lines.
Jd Staton More than 1 year ago
i was kinda liking this horse at one time but im thinking he may have shot his load or the rest of the pack has caught up to him and went rite on by. but i could be wrong. i do like his jock and wish them all good luck
JeanK More than 1 year ago
Never seen a horse breeze a mile over 1:39 and win a grade I. An easy mile might be mr. Plesa's way of getting some wind in the horse's lungs or foundation, but this ain't Kansas.