06/19/2013 1:18PM

Monmouth Park: Itsmyluckyday to miss four months

Tom Keyser
Itsmyluckyday, the runner-up to Oxbow in the Preakness Stakes, will miss four months after fracturing a bone in his pelvic area in last Sunday's Pegasus Stakes.

OCEANPORT, N.J. – Preakness Stakes runner-up Itsmyluckyday will be sidelined for four months with a slight fracture in his pelvic area.

The colt sustained the injury Sunday at Monmouth Park in the Grade 3 Pegasus Stakes for 3-year-olds. After moving into position to challenge odds-on favorite Verrazano down the backstretch, Itsmyluckyday took a bad step, and jockey Mike Smith quickly pulled him up.

“He was cruising up there, and all of a sudden, ‘What was that?’ Then I grabbed a hold of him,” Smith said after the race. “The leg was intact; he just wouldn’t put weight on it.”

After Verrazano cruised to an easy victory, Itsmyluckyday was vanned off the track to trainer Eddie Plesa Jr.’s barn. The initial X-rays in the stall failed to detect the fracture. The damage to the ilium bone was discovered Wednesday at the Mid-Atlantic Equine Medical Center in Ringoes, N.J.

“It’s as good as we could have hoped for,” Plesa said. “It’s a little fracture.”

Plesa said he expects to have the colt back at Monmouth on Thursday or Friday.

“I’m told the success rate of a full recovery is outstanding,” Plesa said. “I heard that of 29 horses that have had this issue, 27 of them came back to run just as well as they had before, so that’s very promising.”

Itmyluckyday will spend at least the first month of his recuperation at Monmouth.

“He’ll stay here for the next 30 days or so,” Plesa said. “I’m in no rush to put him on a van and send him back to Florida at this point.”

Plesa praised Smith for quickly responding, preventing further damage to Itsmyluckyday.

“Mike did a great job,” Plesa said. “It’s times like that when experience really matters.”

The four-month recuperation takes Itsmyluckyday out consideration for the remaining major 3-year-old stakes, including the Grade 1, $1 million Haskell Invitational here July 28.

His major accomplishments this year were victories in the Grade 3 Holy Bull Stakes and the Gulfstream Park Derby, along with runner-up finishes to Orb in the Florida Derby and to Oxbow in the Preakness. He was 15th in the Kentucky Derby.

Felton Suthon More than 1 year ago
Confused about this one - he runs pretty serious front-running fractions to win the Holy Bull. Then they rate him off of Merit Man's slow fractions in the Florida Derby (doubt he would have beaten Orb that day). Singed by the pace at CD, then rates off Oxbow for second at Pim. Sunday, he was a half-beat slow at the gate, fanned wide on the first turn and had already lost the race before he was hurt. I guess they rest him up and point to the Hal's Hope and the Donn? Love to see him get to the Spa as a 4-year old - something his daddy was good at!
scott More than 1 year ago
I'm with ya Felton... let's get him healthy, running well at gulfstream and bring him up to the Spa '14!
Cranky More than 1 year ago
Mr. Plesa, just take the same course of action that was taken for Animal Kingdom. Slow and easy, full recovery and then back to training. This horse has entirely too much to look forward to in all manner of athletic ability. He's strong, smart and good from the get-go, starting with his very name, It'smyluckyday. Prayers are with this very fine horse. And, thanks to Mike Smith for keeping this horse from further injury on the track.
Chantal Smithless More than 1 year ago
So much for all those people who immediately said negative things about Mike Smith pulling up this horse! I wish people who are allowed to post here had to pass some sort of "knowledge of horse racing and it's people" before being allowed in. Way to go Mike! And a speedy recovery to you Lucky!
Stephen Stankiewicz More than 1 year ago
How can you replace the expertise and skill and knowledge that Mike Smith brings to the table? You can't!
Tommy “B” More than 1 year ago
Mark Colgan More than 1 year ago
Mike Smith is a great jockey for what he does for the horses...beautiful save Mr Smith!
scot More than 1 year ago
Great job Mikey...........
m More than 1 year ago
HEY if this is a sign of things to come - maybe he'll win the Dubai world cup. AK won it off the same injury :)
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Great job, Mike Smith.
Mike Marceda More than 1 year ago
I just won a race with a horse coming back from the same injury. He made it back to the races in 1 year and won first time out. Very high rate of success.60 to 90 days stall rest, turn out 3 months and then back to training.
scott More than 1 year ago
Where do you train Mike? I'd love to hear more about your cool success story of getting your boy back to the winners circle. to continued success, cheers.