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Itsmyluckyday turns in final work for Florida Derby
Trilogy Stables and Laurie Plesa's Itsmyluckyday breezed a half-mile in :49 2/5 Saturday morning at Calder for trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. as he put the finishing touches on the colt's preparation for next Saturday's Grade 1, $1 million Florida Derby.
"It couldn't have gone any better," Plesa said. "He galloped out strong. Everything in his training since the Holy Bull has gone on schedule. Now the next thing to be concerned with will be the draw (on Wednesday)."
Itsmyluckyday is the probable favorite for the 1 1/8-mile Florida Derby.
A two-time stakes winner last year at Calder, Itsmyluckyday stamped himself as a three-year-old to watch when capturing the one-mile Gulfstream Derby on New Year's Day, registering a whopping 111 BRIS Speed rating for the 6 3/4-length score. The son of Lawyer Ron stretched back out to two turns in the Grade 3 Holy Bull at 1 1/16 miles on January 26, easily handing unbeaten two-year-old champion Shanghai Bobby his first setback with a two-length decision, and the dark bay Kentucky-bred colt received another top Speed rating of 106.
Jockey Elvis Trujillo will retain the mount in the Florida Derby.
The other confirmed Florida Derby participants are Shanghai Bobby, Orb, Frac Daddy, Merit Man, Narvaez, Are You Kidding Me, Pick of the Litter and Pontiff.
Narvaez also breezed Saturday morning at Calder, recording five furlongs in 1:03 2/5 for trainer Agustin Bezara. The roan/gray son of Holy Bull finished in a dead-heat with Declan's Warrior last out in a 7 1/2-furlong allowance on March 9. Bezara sent out Reveron for a game second-place finish in the Florida Derby last year, beaten a length by Take Charge Indy with Union Rags another neck back in third.