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Updated on 05/11/2013 11:37AM
Preakness Stakes: Workout for Itsmyluckyday postponed
Itsmyluckyday trained well coming into the Kentucky Derby, and, according to his trainer and co-owner, Eddie Plesa Jr., he’s been just as good coming out. It’s what happened in between, though, that mattered most, and, unfortunately for those connected to him, Itsmyluckyday did not run to his potential at Churchill Downs, finishing 15th.
Plesa immediately sent Itsmyluckyday to Monmouth Park, where Plesa – who is based in south Florida – keeps a string of runners for the summer. It was there on Saturday where Plesa hoped to give Itsmyluckyday his final workout before next Saturday’s 138th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico, but wet weather caused Plesa to postpone the work.
“It rained all night, and I think the track was a little on the hard side,” Plesa said Saturday morning by telephone from New Jersey. “I’m hoping to do it tomorrow, or Monday, before we ship out to Pimlico on Tuesday. Or he won’t work, if the weather stays bad.”
Itsmyluckyday did have a routine gallop, but Plesa did not want to do more than that with Itsmyluckyday.
“When it gets wet here, it gets hard,” Plesa said.
Itsmyluckyday had a terrific prep season in South Florida, including a runner-up finish behind Orb – the subsequent Kentucky Derby winner – in the Florida Derby. He made a positive appearance in his gallops leading up to the Derby, looking better as the week progressed. But on the sloppy, sealed track at Churchill Downs, he never got closer than sixth, and steadily faded the final half of the race, finishing 22 1/4 lengths behind Orb.
“He trained too good to run that badly,” Plesa said. “He’s been training the same way here as at Churchill Downs.”
The Preakness field currently numbers 11. Street Spice, fifth in the Illinois Derby, will not run, trainer Greg Geier informed Pimlico officials on Saturday, but the field will include Mylute, whom trainer Tom Amoss confirmed as a starter after the gray colt went through a routine gallop well before dawn Saturday over a muddy and harrowed track at Churchill Downs.
Govenor Charlie, as well as three D. Wayne Lukas-trained Preakness contenders – Oxbow, Titletown Five, and Will Take Charge – also could work Monday at Churchill. Departing was scheduled to work there on Sunday.
Orb, who beat runner-up Golden Soul by 2 1/2 lengths in the Derby, is expected to be made a solid favorite for the Preakness when entries are taken, and post positions drawn, on Wednesday.
Both Kentucky Derby winner Orb and Derby fourth-place finisher Normandy Invasion galloped 1 1/2 miles Saturday at Belmont.
Orb galloped over a sealed, muddy main track shortly after 6 a.m. and again looked happy under exercise rider Jennifer Patterson.
Orb was scheduled to work Monday morning and van to Pimlico later that day.
Four hours later, Normandy Invasion made another good appearance galloping a strong 1 1/2 miles over the back-raked muddy training track under exercise rider Javier Herrera.
For the second time this week, Normandy Invasion made it back to his barn just before heavy rains began to fall.
Trainer Chad Brown has still not decided whether to run or not, but has said the colt would not have a workout even if he decided to run.
- additional reporting by David Grening
Jerry Bailey was one of my all-time favorite jocks! He won the Florida Derby on High Fly, but he rode the worst ride ever in The Derby sending Hgh Fly winging in 1:09.4 for the first six furlongs. He finished ffar back... Ever since then I've favored closers in The Derby, winning with great horses like Monarchos, Super Saver, Barbaro and Fuscaichi Pegasus! So when this year's Derby rolled around and we had a stout closer who also won the Fla. Derby it was pretty easy backing ORB... I watched the replay (you should) and he flew around the far turn to draw within range of the front runners. Great horse that ORB!!!
What if it rains at Pimlico, is he not going to run?? Horse should work in the off track, I believe it will help because they may race in it, Duh
Obviously this horse wants no part of the classic distances (9.5-12 furlongs). You would think a true horseman (trainer) would have made the same assessment me & many others have made about this horse. He's good but lets point him in the right direction... please! He will have no shot in the Preakness & will drop anchor at the top of the stretch!
We all know that Itsmyluckyday is a lock to win the Preakness.Everyone else is running for second place.Sorry,Shug.
People talk like a muddy track with a hot pace produces a perfect result and any horses with a poor finish are crap. The talk I hear also would make one think that any horse with a poor finish in the Kentucky Derby is not a quality horse and a throwout in the future. Weird. One example. Hansel was up the track in the Derby, he got bounced around early which he wasn't used to, threw his ears up and sulked. I told anyone who would listen, he wins the Preakness from here to the parking lot. Does everyone really think that, Itsmyluckyday, Verrazano, Palice Malice are really as bad as the Derby result? Itsmyluckyday set a track record at Gulfstream Park, not Sunland, at 1 1/6 mile, not 7 furlongs, but now people think he's only good as a speed horse going 7 furlongs in the Kings Bishop? Silly talk.
am i the only one who really doesnt like this horse at all? he doesnt want any part of the distance and hes a gulfstream prouduct...no thanks
Flashed some brilliance at a Mile and at a Mile&1/16. Hope to see it again with this guy. Thought he looked like potential big time power-sprinter, to point for races like the Kings Bishop.
Don't know if it means much but when handicapping the KD, I noticed that in IMLD past performance he has won all his races when racing on a short rest. won 6/23 on 22 days rest, won 8/25 on 20 days, won 9/15 on 21 days, won 1/1 on 17 days, and 1/26 on 25 days. In Fla. Derby made winning move and caught off +60 days. if you draw a line through KD off +30 days, IMLD can surprise off 14 days rest. Having JV riding won't hurt either.
Just leave the horse at Monmouth Mr. Plesa don't waste your time or itsmyluckyday's time going to Md. He'll just get hot and dirty again.
Looks to me like Plesa is guessing, and thats not good for the horse.