Itsmyluckyday Favored in Salvator Mile

by | 07.05.2014 | 12:24pm

Riding a two-race win streak into Sunday's $150,000 Salvator Mile at Monmouth Park, the classic-placed Itsmyluckyday will break from post seven in a full field of 12 in the Grade 3 test.

“He's doing great, anxious to run,” said trainer Eddie Plesa, who trains the 4-year-old colt by Lawyer Ron for Trilogy Stable and his wife Laurie Plesa. “The seven post is fine. I expect him to be forwardly placed right from the start.”

In his most recent outing, Itsmyluckyday made easy work of four rivals, coasting to a length and a quarter score in the Majestic Light Stakes here on May 24. Prior to that, he was an easy winner of Gulfstream's Best of the Rest Stakes on April 26. In his only other 2014 starts, he was fourth to Palace Malice in the Gulfstream Park Handicap in March.

“He's coming into the race great,” Plesa added. “Everything is perfect with him, we're just all excited to see him run.”

From 16 lifetime outings, Itsmyluckyday sports a record of 7-3-1, good for earnings of $932,600. He stamped himself a solid 3-year-old competitor last year with an impressive win over champion Shanghai Bobby in the 2013 Holy Bull Stakes (G3). He followed that with a runner-up effort in the Florida Derby (G1) and then a start in the Kentucky Derby. After a runner-up finish in the Preakness Stakes, Itsmyluckyday was injured in Monmouth's Pegasus Stakes (G3) which kept him sidelined until March of this year.

At 3-1 on Brad Thomas's morning line, Itsmyluckyday is the favorite in the field of 12 that includes graded stakes winners Bradester and Code West as well as last year's Salvator Mile winner Raging Daoust.

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