New Jersey-based trainer Eddie Plesa said his multiple graded stakes-winning 4-year-old Itsmyluckyday will van up from Monmouth on Friday and is set to run the following afternoon in the Grade 1 Woodward, a 1 1/8-mile dirt fixture for 3-year-olds and up.
Itsmyluckyday, a son of Lawyer Ron, was a top 3-year-old last year, winning the Grade 3 Holy Bull at Gulfstream Park before finishing second to Orb in the Grade 1 Florida Derby and to Oxbow in the Grade 1 Preakness Stakes. This year, he has come back strong, with three stakes victories. In his most recent start, he finished second to Moreno in the Grade 1 Whitney on August 2 at the Spa.
In that race, he was the only runner to make a significant challenge to the front-running winner, finishing ahead of 2013 Champion Three-Year- Old Male Will Take Charge and favored Palace Malice, among others.
Plesa has worked Itsmyluckyday two easy half-miles since then, and added blinkers, which the colt will wear for the Woodward.
“We're going to have a change of equipment,” Plesa said by phone. “We worked him both times in the blinkers, and I like the way he went. I think maybe we can fine-tune him a little bit, maybe focus him down the lane; just do something a little different. Sometimes horses need a little something to shake them up.”
Itsmyluckyday has made 18 starts in his career, finishing first eight times with earnings of $1,302,600. Plesa said the objective is simple with his barn favorite.
“The script is to win a Grade 1 race,” he said. “This is the focus. My whole focus has been to win a Grade 1 race. The race we ran in [the Whitney] and this one coming up have been our target races.
“We're either going to get to the top of the ladder or not. This is what racing is all about, what everybody works for. He's just a neat horse, not because of the races he's running in or because he has brought us so much pleasure the past few years. It's because he's a neat horse to be around. Even if he was just a $15,000 claimer, I like being around him. Like people, they're not just all lawyers or doctors. He's fun to be around, and I look forward to seeing him every morning.”
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