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Preakness Stakes: Plesa pleased with Itsmyluckyday's performance
BALTIMORE – Trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. expressed satisfaction Sunday morning that his 3-year-old Itsmyluckyday bounced back from his 15th-place non-effort in the Kentucky Derby with a solid second-place finish in Saturday’s Preakness Stakes.
Plesa said that while he wasn’t seeking validation for himself, he hoped Saturday’s performance would quiet those who were critical of Itsmyluckyday after his disappointing race in the Derby, which was run over a sloppy Churchill Downs track.
“I’m glad for him,” Plesa said. “He didn’t deserve all the criticism that he got, but that’s life.”
Itsmyluckyday entered the Kentucky Derby highly regarded, coming off wins in the Gulfstream Park Derby and Holy Bull Stakes as well as a second-place finish to Orb in the Florida Derby following a nine-week layoff.
But in the Kentucky Derby, Itsmyluckyday just spun his wheels over the off going and was beaten 22 1/4 lengths by Orb.
Plesa said the Belmont Stakes on June 8 is under consideration for Itsmyluckday, “but it’s not high on the priority list.”
The $1 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park on July 28 is high on Plesa’s priority list because that’s where the colt spent last summer – winning first out – and that’s where he shipped back to Sunday morning. If Plesa elects to skip the Belmont, he would have to decide whether to prep for the Haskell in either the Grade 3, $150,000 Pegasus on June 16 or the $100,000 Long Branch on July 7. He also could simply train Itsmyluckyday up to the Haskell.
However, given how well Plesa said Itsmyluckyday came out of the Preakness, he may be hard-pressed to wait until July 28 to run him.
“He couldn’t have come out of the race any better,” Plesa said. “It’s all you can do to walk him around the shed. He’s just dragging you. He’s dragging us like he was dragging us before the race, and he ate up everything, didn’t leave one iota of his dinner last night, which is a great sign.”
If he skips the Belmont and runs in the Haskell, Itsmyluckyday probably won’t meet either the Derby winner, Orb, or the Preakness winner, Oxbow, until possibly the Travers at Saratoga in August.
“I’m not looking to get revenge or anything like that,” Plesa said. “I’m just trying to look for the best race possible for him that will enhance his value later on. I certainly would like to win a Grade 1 with him, so hopefully we will.”
Congratulations, Mr. Plesa and ITSMYLUCKYDAY on your second place finish in the PREAKNESS! At the last minute, I threw-ouy DEPARTING and boxed ITSMYLUCKYDAY with OXBOW. I had always liked ITSMYLUCKYDAY. I had a future bet on him and I bet him in the Florida Derby. I agree, his run in the Preakness validated what a great horse he is! I bet I will see you and him at MONMOUTH on Haskell Day! Good luck!
IMLD cant win a Grade 1 race unless he runs against Grade 3 horses in a Grade 1 Race. Wait till he runs against older horses. He might be relegated to listed stakes races and not Graded Stakes races. You cant really believe that he is better than ORB. Hope they meet numerous times in the future.
What is the formula for receiving a 106 beyer # and running a very slow race ? i am just asking , anybody care to explain ?
This horse will win a grade 1 more sooner than later, he's got too much talent not to. I had him to win in the Preakness. He was coming late, but just had too much to do. Anyhow, this colt certainly redeemed himself!
DON'T go beyond 1 1/8 with this very talented colt and you would reap rewards.
People contnue to try to say that Pimlico's dirt track doesn't favor speed but on Saturday you could hear the horses hoofs clicking over that rock-hard track surface on TV just like you were right there on the rail in person! Churchill is a deep, tiring track! Pimlico is not, period!!!
REVINDICATION is the to describe IMLD,Johnny V a GREAT HOOPED in the race,Likeli JV ride in BELMONT STAKES
Most of you talk like horses have gas pedals . They cannot turn it on when they want . It is rare. We tend to call it bouncing...stop playing so much into who is riding the horse as well. You need the right horse on the right day. . Everything else is hindsight. Times , Beyers , comment lines. All that comes after the race. Just ask any jockey and they'll tell ya. Rosario was GOD 3 days ago . Now look at the comments you're reading about him .
Happy for Plesa !!! JV helped too. And my buddy who said IMLD was just a 'miler' is pretty quiet today.
itsmyluckyday runs just like his daddy did. runs well everywhere but on churchill dirt at 10 furlongs and not quite as good on turf. he also recovers well from lasix abuse.
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