For the second straight year, a Calder-based horse towered over his newly-turned 3-year-old Gulfstream Park Derby rivals when Trilogy Stable and Laurie Plesa’s Itsmyluckyday, winner of both the $100,000 Foolish Pleasure Stakes and the $75,000 Fasig-Tipton Dash at Calder last year, proved 6 ¾ lengths the best defeating fellow Calder stakes winner Sr. Quisqueyano, running the one-mile trip in 1:34.39.
“When I looked up at the fractions, I was somewhat concerned," trainer Eddie Plesa, Jr. said of Itsmyluckday’s six-furlong split that was clocked in 1:09.11. "But he just kept on going. I’m very pleased with his effort.
“We’ll evaluate what our options are. (There is) the next race here (Grade 3 Holy Bull) and you’ve got another one at Tampa (Grade 3 $250,000 Sam Davis 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.”
Last year’s running of the Gulfstream Park Derby was won by Stipa Racing Stable, Inc.’s Reveron. The Agustin Bezara-trained colt, a two-time winner at Calder as a 2-year-old, would parlay his Gulfstream Park Derby win with a third-place performance in the Grade 3 Sam F. Davis Stakes before crossing the wire as the runner-up in the Grade 1 Florida Derby.