2013 Preakness runner-up Itsmyluckyday has made the move
back to the Garden
State for Saturday’s
Majestic Light Stakes. Conditioned by Eddie Plesa, Jr., the 4-year old colt will
make his third start after sustaining an injury in the Grade 3 Pegasus Stakes
at Monmouth Park last June. After returning home
from his winter in Florida,
Itsmyluckyday took to the Monmouth track for the first time last Friday, May
16, breezing four furlongs in :50 flat.
“He’s doing everything at 100%, I
wouldn’t change anything. He’s doing great back home,” Plesa said.
Itsmyluckyday is coming off of a
win on April 26 in a stakes event at Gulfstream
Park where he bested the
field by three lengths.
A son of
Lawyer Ron, out of Viva La Slew, Itsmyluckyday will look to continue his
success against a field of six as they travel a mile and 70 yards along
Monmouth’s main track looking to claim the winner’s share of the $75,000 purse.
“I think he’ll be stalking the pace,” Plesa
said regarding strategy for the race. “It looks like there’ll be an honest pace
up there and I expect him to be stalking it. We drew an outside post position,
but it’s all up to Paco [jockey Lopez].”
Lopez, who will be aboard
Itsmyluckyday in the Majestic Light, broke the Monmouth Park
record for most wins on a card last Saturday with seven victories.
When asked about the future of
Itsmyluckyday, Plesa said, “I just want to get through this race and then I’ll
start making plans as far as what we’re going to do next. We’re going to have
to start hooking some heavy heads, and this race has come up very competitive
in all honesty, so we’ll just have to see what happens.”
Itsmyluckyday is expected to be the favorite
in the Majestic Light, as he is 9-5 on the morning line. He’ll have to best
graded stakes placed Golden Itiz and graded stakes winner Code West to claim
victory in Saturday’s feature, which will go as race 11 on a 12-race card.