Itsmyluckday, winner of the Grade III Holy Bull Stakes, and runner-up Shanghai Bobby were both doing well the day aftter the race -- and plans were being made to most likely meet again in the Grade I Florida Derby.
Trainer Eddie Plesa, Jr. said Itsmyluckyday was doing “110 percent” after his track record victory. “He came back great, really good. We’re not only pleased with his performance but how he came out of it,” trainer Todd Pletcher said of Shanghai Bobbby.
Ridden by Elvis Trujillo, Itsmyluckyday was timed for the 1 1/16 mile in 1:41:81, shaving three-fifths of a second off the track mark. The son of Lawyer Ron, a $110,000 OBS March 2-year-old sales purchase, had won the $100,000 Gulfstream Park Derby on New Year's Day by 6 3/4 lengths at a mile.
“We had a good year last year and started this year even better,” said Plesa. “In this game. you have to enjoy it when things are going your way and hold on to it because it will come to an end eventually. Right now I would say we’ll wait for the Florida Derby for his next start.”
Shanghai Bobby set a strong pace before falling by two lengths to Itsmyluckyday.
“We’re not making any excuses. We felt like we ran great – 12 lengths clear of the third horse and three-fifths off the track record,” said Pletcher. “It was a huge effort. We were second best on the day, but we were really happy with his effort.”
Pletcher said Shanghai Bobby would likely also run next in the Florida Derby on March 30.
“I talked to Jack Wolf a little bit this morning. We’re not going to make any decisions yet, but at the same time, we don’t see any reason to deviate from our original plan,” Pletcher said.
Edited Gulfstream Park release with additional content by Dick Downey