Trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. is hoping to claim the winner’s
share of Sunday’s $150,000 Grade 3 Pegasus Stakes and stamp Itsmyluckyday among
the division leaders for champion 3-year-old come years-end.
“This race has
been our target since before the Preakness,” Plesa said. “He’s coming into it
excellent. The 3-year-old picture is wide open for about a half dozen horses so
far. The Haskell is the goal. I haven’t looked past that yet.”
colt by Lawyer Ron out of the Doneraile
Court mare Viva La Slew, Itsmyluckyday has been
stabled at Monmouth
Park for over a month,
and calls the Oceanport backstretch his home. Plesa has breezed Itsmyluckyday
twice at Monmouth since he placed in the second jewel of the Triple Crown. He
was sixth best of 40 on June 1, going four furlongs in: 48 2/5, and was the
only horse to travel five furlongs on June 7, splashing 1:01 1/5 over the slop.
strategy in the Pegasus, Plesa believes that his horse’s tactical speed will
come in handy.
paper, we’d like to see a fast pace,” said Plesa. “This is when a jockey like
Mike Smith can make the difference. It becomes a jockey’s race. You just hope
you put him on the best horse and see what happens.”
main competition is likely to come from Verrazano, a Grade 1 winner who will be
making his first start since the Kentucky Derby in Sunday’s Pegasus.