Saturday at Calder, Itsmyluckyday worked five furlongs in 1:01.00 (1/12), handily. Elvis Trujillo was in the saddle for trainer Eddie Plesa, Jr.
“He worked perfect with Elvis,” said Plesa. “He galloped out three-quarters in 1:14. I couldn’t be more pleased with him. We’re coasting from here. He’ll just have an easy half-mile breeze next weekend, and that’s it. It’s been a long wait, but I think we’ve done the right thing with him.”
Itsmyluckyday has been waiting since Jan. 26, when he won the Grade III Holy Bull Stakes under Trujillo, but he'll compete in the Grade I Florida Derby in just two weeks.
Saturday at Gulfstream Park, Ken McPeek came just short of making a commitment for Frac Daddy in the Florida Derby after the colt breezed a bullet five furlongs. McPeek previously said he planned to run Frac Daddy in the Grade III Spiral a week earlier.
“I’m leaning towards not running him in the Spiral and probably running him in the Florida Derby," McPeek said. "It gives him the extra week for the throat ulcer to heal. It looks good, but I think the extra week will help." Frac Daddy was last seen finishing sixth in the Holy Bull, when he grabbed a quarter. That injury has since healed.
“He grabbed the quarter in the Holy Bull really bad. I think that was probably more an issue than the throat. Then, again, maybe it was the throat,” McPeek said. “It’s been really a tough one to get together. We’ve had to wait a long time here. Another week won’t hurt him. I’m more inclined to keep him here, because of the extra week, and we can school him a little more, and he’s been training over this track.”
Frac Daddy worked in company with Pure Fun, and both were timed in 1:00.80 (1/29). Pure Fun the Grade I Hollywood Starlet in her last start. Corey Lanerie was aboard Frac Daddy for the work and is expected to be named to ride him in the Florida Derby.
“We put her on the outside this week. We slowed them down. Last week they worked entirely too fast,” said McPeek, referring to a bullet breeze in :58.40 on March 8.
McPeek said Taken By the Storm, who captured a mile turf allowance at Gulfstream Park on March 9, could take Frac Daddy’s place in the Spiral.
Edited Gulfstream Park release with additional content by Dick Downey