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Kentucky Derby: Itsmyluckyday works sharp mile at Calder
By Mike Welsch
MIAMI – Itsmyluckyday had his final serious tune up for the 2013 Kentucky Derby when working a mile in 1:43.10 shortly after dawn Thursday morning at Calder Race Course.
With exercise rider Hopeton “Bobby” Gray aboard, Itsmyluckyday cruised through a 26.82-second and 53.82 opening half-mile, then responded when set down leaving the three-eighths pole. He completed his final half-mile in 49.28 and final quarter in 24.80 over a fast track that had opened more than an hour earlier and had been cut up pretty well when Itsmyluckyday worked just prior to the renovation break.
“I couldn’t be more pleased with the way he worked,” said trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. while watching Itsmyluckyday cool out immediately after the work. “The first half-mile is what it is, I just wanted him to finish up. I’ve been doing this a long time over here and they don’t tend to go much faster than 1:43 for a mile at Calder. Maybe one or two have but I don’t think I’ve had a horse finish like he did or gallop out so strongly after working a mile in that kind of time.
“I had Bobby work him rather than Elvis [Trujillo] because these mile works are his specialty, he’s been with me seven or eight years and he does it better than anybody I’ve ever had.”
Plesa said he may bring Itsmyluckyday back with one more easy work prior to putting him on the van for Churchill Downs next Friday, April 26.
“He’s bigger and stronger than he’s ever been,” said Plesa. “The 62 days between the Holy Bull and Florida Derby was just what we needed to do. He’s responded very favorably and is on top of his game right now.”
Itsmyluckyday won the Grade 3 Holy Bull, beating the then undefeated 2-year-old champion Shanghai Bobby by two lengths. He bypassed the Fountain of Youth before returning to finish second behind Orb in the Grade 1 Florida Derby.
Itsmyluckyday would have beaten Secretariat !!! I've never seen a bigger lock to win the Kentucky Derby !!!
Great work by one of the top colts in the country! Don't know if anyone noticed, but that track was sealed for the fillies three races earlier on Florida Derby Day, but cut deep for the colts.. A perfect set-up for Orb, but pretty tough on ' Lucky ' coming off an eight week break! Remember, Churchill is always set-up lightning fast on Derby Day, hope the weather cooperates, and they can get alot of days to gallop him before the race, as most horses need a little time to adjust to that track.. Big chance, wish him the best.... saratoga jack
This is the horse I look to press the pace from 3/4 pole to top of stretch. That's where the running starts and orb runs by. And I'm not Plesa but that work sucked. 53 for first half is appalling. And he is working him on a Thursday? Schedule seems off to me???
SBobby has proved to be a bust over a mile so the WIN is much for Itsmyluckyday
I've heard a trainer say their Horse worked like crap!!! Dale Romans said Dullahan was ready for Dubai and the 1 mile prep that sucked was because he got out of the gate bad and he was working great for the big one....and he sucked the big one. It the Risen Star a Trainer from GG said his Horse awesome and would WIN and guess what I can't remember his name.....went back to San Francisco...I'd like a trainer to just be honest and Elvis may be buy we hear it all the time..........................
Old School work for an Old School trainer and horse. Like his foundation too. Hope he takes to the Churchill Strip. In my top 3
ALL THE BEST TO THE TEAM & ELVIS SAFE TRIPE AND STAY HEALTHY....!!!!!!!!
I believe this is my Derby horse. May have to put a few bucks on itsmyluckyday........
Nice workout. Thats how you work a horse going into a race like this
No one here has mentioned Verrazano. Does nobody think he has a shot?
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