Gulfstream News & Notes
Itsmyluckyday's Next Hurdle is ‘Luck of the Draw’
Trilogy Stables and Laurie Plesa’s 3-year-old Itsmyluckyday worked 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 $1 million Besilu Stables Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park.
“It couldn’t have gone any better,” said Plesa. “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 (Wednesday).” Itsmymyluckyday broke from post seven of 10 when he won the $400,000 Holy Bull Stakes (G3) by two lengths over favorite Shanghai Bobby going 1 1/16 miles on Jan. 26
While most of the attention on Plesa’s stable has been focused on Itsmyluckyday he also had another potential Kentucky Derby prospect on the Saturday morning work tab with Hardaway Stable’s Speak Logistics working a sharp half-mile in a ‘bullet’ 47 1/5, fastest of 61 timed at the distance. The son of High Cotton finished third last out in the $400,000 Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) behind Orb on Feb. 2.
“He worked super. He missed a work last week but bounced back to work great this morning,” said Plesa. “We were planning on the Wood Memorial (Aqueduct on April 6), but now we’ve changed course and looking at the Blue Grass in Kentucky.” Speak Logistics had last worked on March 9 when he went a half-mile in 49. The $750,000 Blue Grass Stakes (G1) will be run a week later than the Wood on Saturday April 13.
Plesa also reported that Live Oak Plantation’s 6-year-old homebred mare Successful Song was on target to run in the $150,000 Rampart Stakes (G3) on Florida Derby Day. The daughter of Successful Appeal worked five furlongs in 1:02 on Friday morning at Calder, and will bid for his third stakes victory of the meet following scores in the $100,000 Ocala Stakes on Dec. 30 and $300,000 Sunshine Millions Distaff on Jan. 19.
Also currently listed as confirmed for the Florida Derby are Starlight Racing, Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith’s Shanghai Bobby, Stuart Janney III’s Orb, Magic City Thoroughbred Partners’ Frac Daddy, Bruce Chandler and partners’ Merit Man, Stipa Racing Stable’s Narvaez, Ron Kirk, Michael Riordan, John Bates, Anthony Shaw and Aaron Sones’ Are You Kidding Me, Carolyn Vogel’s Pick of the Litter and Donegal Racing’s Pontiff.
Narvaez also hit the Saturday morning work tab with 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 ½ furlongs allowance race here on March 9. Bezara sent out Stipa Racing’s 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.
Live Lively on Target for Gulfstream Park Oaks
Lee Lewis’ 3-year-old filly Live Lively will be among the favorites for next Saturday’s $250,000 Gulfstream Park Oaks (G2) at 1 1/8 miles on Florida Derby Day and is scheduled for a final workout Sunday morning at Palm Meadows, according to trainer Mark Hennig.
“She’s doing fine and we just have to get this one more work in, probably early before it gets hot like it is today,” said Hennig, who was busy inspecting 2-year-old sales prospects at Palm Meadows where the Fasig-Tipton Florida 2-year-old sales will be held Monday.
A daughter of Medaglia d’Oro purchased for $160,000 Keeneland September yearling sales, Live Lively shipped into Palm Meadows for the winter after a third-place debut at Belmont Park in late June and a maiden score by three-quarters of a length at Aqueduct on Nov. 23.
In two starts at Gulfstream, Live Lively romped home an 11 ¼ lengths allowance winner at seven-furlongs on New Year’s Day and stepped up again for a wire-to-wire score over heavy favorite Dreaming of Julia in the $250,000 Davona Dale Stakes (G2) going 1 1/16 miles last out on Feb.
In addition to Live Lively, the probable field for the Gulfstream Oaks is expected to include Spendthift Farm’s Cure the Moon, Stonestreet Stable’s Dreaming of Julia, Juddmonte Farms’ Emollient, Catalyst Stable and partners’ Kimberly Jean, Chiefswood Stable’s Original Script and West Point Thoroughbreds’ Toasting.
Rocco Jr. Takes Off Saturday's Mounts
Jockey Joe Rocco Jr. took off his mounts for the second consecutive day Saturday. Rocco was unseated at the start of Wednesday's sixth race when his mount, Success, Rate, broke through the gate.
"When Joe went down the other day he sprained his neck," said Rocco's agent Joe Burdo. "It's just been a little sore. He's been taking it day-to-day, but we're hoping he will be able to ride (Sunday)."