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Eisaman grad gets first 'Derby' of 2013
RSS Feeds Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Itsmyluckyday rolled to an impressive victory in the country’s first Derby of 2013, dominating his rivals by 6 ¾ lengths in the $100,000 Gulfstream Park Derby at one mile over the main track.

Eisaman Equine, acting as agent, sold Itsmyluckyday at the OBS March 2012 Select 2-year-olds sale for $110,000, where the juvenile colt was purchased by his current trainer Eddie Plesa, Jr.

In the New Year's Day feature, Itsmyluckday settled in fourth on the backstretch run of the one-turn stakes before making a move on the Undrafted, who had set swift fractions of :21.93 and :24.18 for the first half-mile. The Kentucky-bred colt challenged for the lead on the turn into the stretch before sweeping past the tiring Undrafted and lengthening his lead to the wire.

“This horse has been training great. Paco (jockey Lopez) thinks this horse is better on the turf and still thinks he’s better on the turf,” Plesa Jr. said. “I have a problem with that. I know how good he’s been training. He loves the dirt.”

“I don’t get (Kentucky) Derby Fever until at least April,” said Plesa after the son of Lawyer Ron ran a mile in a strong 1:34.39 while pulling away to his fourth victory in eight starts. He earned a lifetime best Beyer Speed Figure of 95.

“When I looked up at the fractions, I was somewhat concerned, but he just kept on going,” said Plesa. “I’m very pleased with his effort.”
Itsmyluckday, who is owned by Plesa’s wife, Laurie, and the Trilogy Stable, earned $60,000 for his sharp effort, upping his earnings to $185, 600.

“We’ll evaluate what our options are. You’ve got the next race here (Grade 3 $400,000 Holy Bull S.) and you’ve got another one at Tampa (Grade 3 $250,000 Sam Davis S. on Feb. 2). The main thing is: he’s had a full schedule. Let’s see how he comes out of this race and we’ll go from there.”
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