By Dick Downey
Eddie Plesa, Jr. sent out Itsmyluckyday this morning at Calder for his final work for the Grade I Florida Derby. Meanwhile, the list of contenders for the race continues to grow.
Itsmyluckyday worked four furlongs in 49.40 (19/63), breezing.
Speak Logistics, also trained by Plesa, worked four furlongs in a bullet :47.20 (1/63) after missing a work last weekend. Originally pointed to the Grade I Wood Memorial on April 6, Plesa told DRF.com that Speak Logistics will run in the Grade I Toyota Blue Grass a week later.
The publication reported that Plesa's reaction to Itsmyluckday's work was positive. “Perfect, just perfect,” Plesa said. “The good thing about him is the way he’s learning to relax. He doesn’t have to go out there and run as fast as he can any more. I’m very proud of him.”
Plesa is being flexible with Speak Logistics.
“He missed a work last week because of a slight foot problem but we put the glue-ons on him and he looked extremely good with them this morning,” said Plesa. “He went a little faster than I wanted, but he galloped out strong.
“Tentatively, the Blue Grass is what we’re looking at for him,” said Plesa. “The Wood looks like it’s coming up an extremely tough race, and missing a work didn’t help. Going to the Blue Grass would give us a little extra time.”
Nine are now pointed to the Florida Derby. In addition to Itsmyluckyday, Shanghai Bobby and Orb, the race is looking for entries from the connections of Are You Kidding Me, Frac Daddy, Merit Man, Narvaez, Pick of the Litter and Pontiff.