Itsmyluckyday Gets Back to Work for Florida Derby
Mucho Macho Man Works for Probable Defense

Itsmyluckyday Gets Back to Work for Florida Derby

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Trilogy Stable and Laurie Plesa’s 3-year-old Itsmyluckyday worked a half-mile in 48 4/5 Saturday morning at Calder for trainer Eddie Plesa, Jr., his first workout since his stunning two-length victory over previously undefeated Eclipse champion Shanghai Bobby in the $400,000 Holy Bull Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park.

“It was exactly what I was looking for,” said Plesa later in the morning. “I got him galloping out (five furlongs) in 1:01. He’s right on schedule. He’ll probably work about every seven days, although I might change it up on him one of those times with an easy mile work. I haven’t decided.”

Regular exercise rider Isidorio Ramos was in the saddle for Saturday’s move. The son of Lawyer Ron won the one-mile Gulfstream Park Derby here on New Year’s Day before the 1 1/16 miles Holy Bull and is on target for a rematch with Shanghai Bobby in the $1 million Florida Derby (G1) at 1 1/8 miles on Sat., March 30.

While Itsmyluckyday sits out today’s $400,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2), Plesa will still be well represented in the 1 1/16 miles test with Hardaway Stable’s Speak Logistics, listed at 12-to-1 on the morning line. The son of High Cotton finished fourth with trouble last out in the $250,000 Sam Davis Stakes (G3) at Tampa Bay Downs on Feb. 2.

Mucho Macho Man Works for Probable Defense

Mucho Macho Man breezed five furlongs in 1:02 Saturday morning in preparation for a probable start in the $300,000 Gulfstream Park Handicap (G2) on March 9.

Hall of Fame rider Edgar Prado was aboard, as he was for the 5-year-old son of Macho Uno’s previous two workouts.

“I thought he worked great today,” trainer Kathy Ritvo said.

Mucho Macho Man has been nominated for the Gulfstream Park Handicap. “I nominated him and that’s our next goal if everything continues to go well,” Ritvo said.

Should Mucho Macho Man run in the mile handicap, it would set up a clash with Fort Larned, who defeated the Reeves Thoroughbreds stable star by just a half-length after a stirring stretch-long duel in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) at Santa Anita on Nov. 3.

Mucho Macho Man finished seventh while favored in the Florida Sunshine Millions Classic at Gulfstream on Jan. 19, a rare off-the-board finish his trainer attributes for a dislike for the sloppy track.

The Florida-bred was equipped with blinkers in that race, but did not wear them in Saturday’s workout.