Southern Equine Stables' 10-1 shot went wire-to-wire in the 1 1/8-mile Whitney, leaving Itsmyluckyday and Will Take Charge behind to finish in 1:48.05 on a fast track. Palace Malice, the 3-5 favorite, faded to sixth.
The stars are coming out for the Whitney Handicap and Test Stakes this weekend. Watch Claire Novak and Frank Angst handicap the big race day at Saratoga. watch video
Will Take Charge and Palace Malice meet again Aug. 2 in the $1.5 million Whitney Handicap (gr. I), squaring off at Saratoga Race Course as the top two choices in a field of nine drawn for the 1 1/8-mile test.
Five contenders for the upcoming $1.5 million Whitney (gr. I), including favored Palace Malice, were out for published workouts the morning of July 26.
The $1.5 million Whitney (gr. I) (Aug. 2)--the richest race this summer at Saratoga Race Course--has attracted a robust field of likely starters, topped by last year's Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner, Palace Malice.
Lexie Lou, Shared Belief, Itsmyluckyday, Irish You Well, Clearly Now, and more! view slideshow
Itsmyluckyday, the 6-5 favorite, pulled clear to win the $160,500 Salvator Mile Stakes (gr. III) by 1 1/2 lengths. The son of Lawyer Ron covered the mile in 1:34.88 July 6 at Monmouth Park.
Classic-placed Itsmyluckyday will try for a third straight stakes victory in his 4-year-old season when he starts in the $150,000 Salvator Mile Stakes (gr. III) July 6 at Monmouth Park.
Trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. confirmed that Itsmyluckyday, runner-up in the 2012 Preakness Stakes, will point to the July 6 Salvatore Mile (gr. III) at Monmouth Park as expected instead of wheeling around to the Met Mile.
Itsmyluckyday continued his progress on the comeback trail May 24, clearing Code West by a comfortable 1 1/4 lengths in the $75,000 Majestic Light Stakes at Monmouth Park.
Itsmyluckyday, the runner-up in the 2013 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) who was sidelined with a pelvic injury for the later part of that season, has made the move back to Monmouth Park for the May 24 Majestic Light Stakes.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Hanshin Cup Stakes, Sheepshead Bay Stakes, and Majestic Light Stakes. read blog
Photos from the Derby Trial Stakes, QEII Cup, Chantal Sutherland winning aboard Purely Hot, and more! view slideshow
Itsmyluckyday, runner-up in the 2013 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) and winner of the Holy Bull Stakes (gr. II) early in his 3-year-old season, rolled to an authoritative victory April 26 in a minor stakes at Gulfstream Park.
While preparing 2013 Preakness (gr. I) runner-up Itsmyluckyday for a start in the $75,000 Best of the Rest Stakes to be run April 26 at Gulfstream, trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. revisited last year's Triple Crown experience.
Palace Malice and Itsmyluckyday were among the best of the 3-year-old crop in 2013. On March 8, the two return for the first time in 2014 as part of an eight-horse field set to go in the $250,000 Gulfstream Park Handicap.
Multiple stakes winner Itsmyluckyday bounced out of his first published work in nearly seven months in good shape, leaving trainer Eddie Plesa excited about the 4-year-old's 2014 campaign.
Catching up with the winners of last year's Kentucky Derby prep races -- including returns for Vyjack, Itsmyluckyday, Super Ninety Nine, and more. read blog
Normandy Invasion and Itsmyluckyday, both highly regarded sophomores early in the season, have returned to training in Florida and will prepare for their 4-year-old campaigns in 2014.
Preakness (gr. I) runner-up Itsmyluckyday, pulled up in the Pegasus Stakes (gr. III) in June with what was later diagnosed as a fractured Ilium, a bone in the pelvic region, is coming along well, trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. said.
Itsmyluckyday, who was pulled up on the backstretch during the running of the June 16 Pegasus Stakes (gr. III) at Monmouth Park, is expected to miss four months of training with a slight fracture of the Ilium.
In the first major stakes for 3-year-olds following the Triple Crown, favored Verrazano was an easy winner of the $148,500 Pegasus Stakes (gr. III) June 16 after his main challenger, Itsmyluckyday, was pulled up at Monmouth.
Triple Crown contenders Verrazano and Itsmyluckyday head a seven-horse field entered in the $150,000 Pegasus Stakes (gr. III) for 3-year-olds June 16 at Monmouth Park.
You don't witness it very often, but one of those cheering the loudest for D. Wayne Lukas and Oxbow in the final quarter mile of the May 18 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) was one of his opponents in the race. read blog
Evan Hammonds recaps Oxbow and his Preakness Stakes win and how Orb performed. watch video
Trainer D. Wayne Lukas, his Preakness (gr. I) winner Oxbow, and the rest of his nine-horse contingent this week at Pimlico Race Course were on the highway before dawn May 19 heading back to their base at Churchill Downs.
Calumet Farm's Oxbow gunned to the front from the gate in the $1 million Preakness Stakes (gr. I) May 18 and never looked back to post a 1 3/4-length victory at 15-1.
With the forecast calling for a high temperature of 70 degrees and a strong possibility of rain for the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), the Maryland Jockey Club could be hard-pressed to surpass last year's record crowd of 121,309.
This year's Preakness is all about Orb. And then there are his eight opponents, most of whom are worthy adversaries, with a case to be made for any of them to step up and run a big race. read blog
Steve Haskin reports the news of the day, including final gallops from the contenders and the weather. Watch Video
Tom LaMarra and Claire Novak handicap the field of the Preakness Stakes. Will Orb hold off Departing and former Kentucky Derby rivals? watch video
- By Claire Novak
Trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. says throw out the Kentucky Derby...and asks the Archbishop of Baltimore for a favor. watch video
Steve Haskin reports on the big news of the day, the draw. Watch Video
Steve shares photos from his first 2 days at Pimlico. read blog
Stuart Janney III and Phipps Stable's Orb, winner of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), drew post 1 and was made the favorite for the May 18 Preakness Stakes (gr. I), second leg of the Triple Crown.
Nine horses have been entered for the 138th Preakness Stakes (gr. I): Orb, Departing, Goldencents, Govenor Charlie, Itsmyluckyday, Mylute, Oxbow, Titletown Five and Will Take Charge.
Mike Pegram's Govenor Charlie, remains on course for a start in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), trainer Bob Baffert said May 14. "He came out of his work really, really well," said Baffert. "We are prepared to go."
Orb, Goldencents, Itsmyluckyday, Verxina, Rafael Bejarano, Monmouth, Woodbine and more! view slideshow
Itsmyluckyday worked a half-mile on the drying-out Monmouth Park main track in :47 1/5 between the third and fourth races May 12 as he prepares for his next start in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) at Pimlico Race Course.
A wet track at Monmouth Park prompted trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. to postpone a scheduled pre-Preakness (gr. I) breeze for Itsmyluckyday the morning of May 11.
Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Orb galloped 1 1/4 miles under exercise rider Jenn Patterson May 10 at Belmont Park in preparation for the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) May 18 at Pimlico.
Graded stakes winner Itsmyluckyday, who finished 15th in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), was confirmed May 7 as a likely starter in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I).
Two horses who were unplaced in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), Normandy Invasion and Vyjack, have been added to the list of possible candidates for the May 18 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) at Pimlico.
Florida Derby winner Orb has Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey excited about the May 4 Kentucky Derby--more excited, said McGaughey, than he's ever been. But 19 other 3-year-olds also have their sights on the Derby.
Now that the post positions have been drawn, Steve comments on the pace scenario. Plus Funny Cide and Mine That Bird. read blog
Claire Novak and Frank Angst are at Churchill Downs to handicap the Kentucky Derby (gr. I). Watch Video
Each year, there is at least one horse you take an instant liking to. read blog
- By Claire Novak
Trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. talks about Kentucky Derby (gr.I) contender Itsmyluckyday at Churchill Downs April 30. watch video
Frankie Perez, assistant trainer for Eddie Plesa Jr., makes his third trip to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), this time with Holy Bull Stakes (gr. II) winner Itsmyluckyday.
Steve Haskin brings you the calm after the storm of workouts with works and new arrivals Goldencents and Itsmyluckyday on the track today. Steve also gives you the work tab for the rest of the week. watch video
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