05/12/2013 2:56PM

Preakness Stakes: Itsmyluckyday breezes between races at Monmouth

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Itsmyluckyday, who finished 15th in the May 4 Kentucky Derby, breezed a half-mile in 47.20 seconds at Monmouth Park on Sunday.

Itsmyluckyday worked a half-mile in 47.20 seconds Sunday afternoon at Monmouth Park, a drill Eddie Plesa Jr., his trainer and co-owner, wanted to get in prior to Saturday’s Preakness Stakes at Pimlico.

Plesa chose not to work Itsmyluckyday on Saturday, owing to an off track at Monmouth that morning, and he had no chance to work him Sunday morning because the track was closed for training. But Plesa said management at Monmouth Park worked with him to allow a drill between the third and fourth races on Sunday’s card, by which time the track had been upgraded to fast.

“Management at Monmouth Park is the most accommodating group of people,” Plesa said by phone after the drill. “Everybody in management has a horseman’s mentality. They’ll do whatever they can for you, and I really appreciate it. They’re No. 1 in my book.”

In the workout, Itsmyluckyday broke off just before the half-mile pole and was given an opening-quarter-mile fraction of 23.80 seconds, meaning he completed the final quarter-mile in 23.40. Plesa said he had Itsmyluckyday galloping out five furlongs in 59.60. The workout was shown live by Monmouth Park’s simulcast feed, and Itsmyluckyday appeared to be going well within himself throughout.

“He did it in hand; Elvis never moved on him,” Plesa said, referring to jockey Elvis Trujillo.

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Trujillo rode Itsmyluckyday in the Kentucky Derby, in which he finished 15th, but last week Plesa said John Velazquez would ride the horse in the Preakness.

Plesa, who is based in South Florida, keeps a string of horses at Monmouth Park in the summer, which is why Itsmyluckyday headed there from Churchill Downs after the Derby. Plesa said Itsmyluckyday would be sent by van to Pimlico on Tuesday.

Forego137 More than 1 year ago
We are seeing a super star in the making, he is lightly raced, has one of the best conditioner's in the business and let's not forget the connections, as long as Orb stays healthy he will be one tuff hombre that will be making alot of noise this year all the way to the B.C. The question you should all be asking yourselves is "Are you ready for this ride".............
John Burton More than 1 year ago
I loed how ITSMYLUCKYDAY moved during his workout at Monmouth Park on Sunday. His stride seemed efficient and effortless. There was good rhythym in his movement! I was impressed! he's another who seems to be primed to run big on Saturday in the Preakness! It is looking more and more like it will be a classic and one of the memorable Preaknesses! I can't wait...ITSMYLUCKYDAY was one of my future bets but I am still a faithful and loyal fan of GOLDENCENTS! I anticipate his stalking the pace and then mounting one big long drive to the finish line with all others - including ORB - running for Place, Show, and lower! If that scenario plays out, I will be screaming during the Preakness stretch run! Go, GOLDENCENTS, go! But I love all of those colts and, if ORB wins! That will be GREAT too!
Sam Shelby More than 1 year ago
Ok. I concede that Orb could lose. He could fall down. He could unseat his rider He could develop a last minute sinus attack. He could have a painful abcess on his upper lip. Ooh, did I just make a big red reference?
Francisco Lopez More than 1 year ago
that is the ticket: Johnny V and JR. Cash it now!
Riddle This More than 1 year ago
Box Orb and Itsmylucky day and cash your ticket.
Holdouts More than 1 year ago
I like it!
Francisco Lopez More than 1 year ago
that is the ticket!
Sam Shelby More than 1 year ago
Did you by chance view the Florida Derby? Box?????????????
Brian Williams More than 1 year ago
Jockey Change to JV..59 blowout..will be on the front end all the way. Leatherbury is already putting a claim in for Orb...lol!
Mark Scheider More than 1 year ago
Good horses get good trips. Something has to make a horse a loser. Enough with all these different excuses for another horse named Normandy Invasion. I have heard 3 excuses for every loss. He is only a MAIDEN winner. Thats it. He should be on the Belmont Stakes undercard until he proves differently.
Mark Scheider More than 1 year ago
Would everybody please shut the hell up about pace and bad trips and everything else that made Orb the winner and Itsmyluckyday and Verrazano the losers. I was backing IMLD all winter. Im not making any excuses. The better horse won. He won because he is the best horse of the group. End of story.
Henry Ortega More than 1 year ago
Orb was the better horse that day. The sloopy track had an effect on the race. We will see if Orb is the real deal on the Preakness..
Sam Shelby More than 1 year ago
Dave More than 1 year ago
Look at the Preakness winners in recent years and you don't find any that were 15th, 18th, etc in the Derby, like IMLD, Vyjack, and Goldencents. The sloppy track excuse only goes so far.
Riddle This More than 1 year ago
Louis Quatorze in 1996 finished 16th in the derby Snow Chief in 1986 finished 11th in the derby Hanmsel in 1991 finished 10th in the derby
Cover2 More than 1 year ago
Baffert the forgotten man at yum brands, gonna mess with 'em now, wants to be the next conditioner to win TC .....if he can keep one together for series, its will be Bob !