Pegasus No Lucky Day for Itsmyluckyday

Itsmyluckyday Pulled Up In Pegasus

Itsmyluckyday Hurt in PegasusLast Saturday, Itsmyluckyday went head-to-head against Verrazano in the Monmouth Pegasus and was my early choice for the win. Unfortunately, the day (nor the race) was lucky at all for the 2nd place Preakness horse who ended the race with a slight pelvic fracture. Although the injury sounds serious, it will only sideline him for the next 4 months which will give him ample time to heal, rest up and come back just as strong as ever (at least I’m keeping my fingers crossed on that last part!). Mike Smith had this to say about the race-


“He was cruising up there, and all of a sudden, ‘What was that?’ Then I grabbed a hold of him. The leg was intact; he just wouldn’t put weight on it.”


Unlucky Step Ends Race for Itsmyluckyday

Itsmyluckyday SidelinedAfter his strong second place finish in the Preakness behind Oxbow, Itsmyluckyday looked like a force to be reckoned with and I believed (even prior to that race) that he would only improve with each outing.  As the 2013 Pegasus Stakes began, he looked to do just that. Naturally, Verrazano took the lead while Itsmyluckyday broke well and travelled 4 wide early on coming from the 6 slot. This didn’t concern me at all as this is exactly how I felt he would run, stalking the pace a few horses back and wait to make his move closer to the end. But as Verrazano reached the quarter mile at 24.8, Mike Smith realized that he would need to make his move sooner since none of the other horses would challenge the front runner for the lead. Moving forward to press the pace, Itsmyluckyday moved up strong and in his effort, took a bad step. Smith immediately pulled him up and Verrazano went on uncontested to win the Pegasus.

Mike Smith Puts Experience To Good Use

After the race, Itsmyluckyday was vanned away to trainer, Eddie Plesa Jr.’s barn for X-rays. The initial X-rays failed to find the fracture, but on Wednsday the damage to the ilium bone was discovered thanks to Mid-Atlantic Equine Medical Center in Ringoes, N.J.  Plesa had this to say about Smith’s immediate reaction and proper handling of the horse, preventing Itsmyluckyday from further injury-



“Mike did a great job. It’s times like that when experience really matters.”


Itsmyluckyday The injury will definitely keep Itsmyluckyday from competing in the major 3 year old stakes, including the Grade 1, $1 million Haskell Invitational, but the time off will allow the horse to heal properly and return in 4 months. It’s never good to see any horse pulled up in a race like this (Ruffian immediately comes to mind and the heartache along with it), but in this case, it was the best possible outcome for the horse. If he was going to be injured, this is an injury he’ll have no trouble coming back from. Plesa was very optimistic about Itsmyluckyday’s return to racing.



“I’m told the success rate of a full recovery is outstanding. I heard that of 29 horses that have had this issue, 27 of them came back to run just as well as they had before, so that’s very promising.”


Wishing a Safe Recovery for ItsmyluckydayAs Itsmyluckyday recuperates, we here at Handicap Horse Racing wish him a safe recovery and a quick return. I’ll be keeping my eye out for his return and keep you all posted. After Paynter’s miraculous return last week, I feel confident we haven’t seen the last of Itsmyluckyday.




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Mike Jr, eldest son of Mike Lane Sr, is co-lead author at and was raised on thoroughbred horse racing and handicapping. Although father and son often butt heads on their selections, they both have much love and admiration for the sport. Mike Jr. brings a new, fresh perspective to horse racing and is often in search of new angles to try.

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