VI Mobile Scores and Betting OddsVI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds Be Social
Betting Tools

Itsmyluckyday made 2-1 favorite for Florida Derby

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Shanghai Bobby will get a chance to avenge the only defeat of his career when he takes on Itsmyluckyday and eight others in the $1 million Florida Derby on Saturday.

The 2-year-old champion won all five of his races last year, including the Champagne and the Breeders' Cup Juvenile. In his 3-year-debut, he was beaten in the Holy Bull by Itsmyluckyday, who set a Gulfstream Park record for 1 1/16 miles in winning by two lengths.

Itsmyluckyday was made the 2-1 morning-line favorite Wednesday in a field of 10 for the 1 1/8-mile Florida Derby, a key prep for the Kentucky Derby on May 4. Shanghai Bobby is the 5-2 second choice, with Fountain of Youth winner Orb the third choice at 3-1.

Eddie Plesa Jr., who trains Itsmyluckyday, says his colt is ready for the challenge.

``If I had drawn a map for his training since the Holy Bull it couldn't have gone any better than it has,'' Plesa said of his colt's weekly workouts since then. ``I wouldn't change a thing about what we planned for him.''

Itsmyluckyday drew the No. 3 post and will be ridden by Elvis Trujillo. Shanghai Bobby, trained by Todd Pletcher and ridden by Rosie Napravnik, will leave from the No. 1 post.

Not to be left out of the mix is Orb, the Fountain of Youth winner who drew the No. 6 post and will be ridden by Hall of Famer John Velazquez. The colt has won three in a row and has blossomed since arriving in Florida from New York.

``He has made great strides since he got down here,'' trainer Shug McGaughey said. ``He doesn't necessarily have to win Saturday to go to the Derby, but he has to run the right kind of race. If he doesn't, we won't go. I want the horse to take me there.''

Also entered are Pick of the Litter, Pontiff, Frac Daddy, Indy's Illusion, Merit Man, Are You Kidding Me and Narvaez.

The winner earns 100 Derby qualifying points, with second place worth 40, third 20 and fourth 10. Total points will determine the 20 starters for the Kentucky Derby.

In another of the six graded stakes races on Saturday's card, 2012 Florida Derby winner Take Charge Indy is set to meet Travers winner Golden Ticket and 2011 Belmont Stakes winner Pants On Fire in the Skip Away.

The field, from the rail out, is Shanghai Bobby (Rosie Napravnik, 5-2), Pick of the Litter (Jesus Castanon, 6-1), Itsmyluckyday (Elvis Trujillo, 2-1), Pontiff (Alan Garcia, 30-1), Frac Daddy (Corey Lanerie, 20-1), Orb (John Velazquez, 3-1), Indy's Illusion (Rajiv Maragh, 20-1), Merit Man (Kent Desormeaux, 15-1), Are You Kidding Me (Jose Lezcano, 15-1) and Narvaez (Paco Lopez, 20-1).

Copyright 2018 by STATS LLC and Associated Press.
Any commercial use or distribution without the express written
consent of STATS LLC and Associated Press is strictly prohibited.

· Dempsey: At the Gate - Wednesday
· Justify to resume training in California
· Fans cheer Justify during parade lap
· Lather Up wins $1M North America Cup
· Justify back at Churchill after winning TC
· Owners: Justify will race again
· Justify grabs Crown with Belmont win
· Mike Smith oldest jockey to win TC
· Baffert has winning day, 3 times over
Mike Dempsey Mike covers the New York racing circuit (Aqueduct, Belmont Park, and Saratoga) year round as well as Keeneland, Churchill Downs, the Triple Crown, and the Breeders' Cup.
The 2015 Triple Crown saw Mike correctly predict American Pharoah to win both the Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes. Mike nailed the Exacta and Trifecta in the Belmont Stakes.

Mike had a solid 2014 Triple Crown race season, correctly picking the winning horse in 2 of 3 races. He selected I'll Have another to win The Preakness, and nailed Union Rags to win the Belmont Stakes as his top pick.

Mike also had past succes in the Kentucky Derby, winning with Animal Kingdom in 2011 and rode his top picks, Super Saver and Street Sense, to the finish line in 2010 and 2007 respectively.

No handicapper in the industry works harder to bring you analysis that produces profits at the track!

Mike's Reports include his selections, detailed analysis, a fair odds line, and wagering recommendations for the entire card.

Join Mike daily with top picks from Belmont Park or grab winners in the Weekend Best Plays Report in the horse racing Multi-Track package. Want more action? Sit at the track with him for 30 Days with his Monthly Horse Package!
Jerry Sessa Jerry "Shots" Sessa has been involved in horse racing for over 30 years. He now brings his meticulous handicapping style to When Jerry posts picks you are getting his best bets...when you win, he wins.
Jerry opened the 2016 Triple Crown season by hitting his Derby Day best bet, Nyquist. He also nailed the Derby exacta for a $30.60 payout. On 4/16/16 at Keeneland, Jerry hit an $819 exacta that led to a $38k Trifecta & a $300k Super.

In the 2015 Belmont Stakes Jerry dominated races 8-11 by hitting a $4,400 Pick 4, 3 Daily Doubles, 2 Pick 3's and calling American Pharoah as the first Triple Crown winner in 36 years.

Jerry is always looking to repeat his 2012 Triple Crown success, when he selected the winning horses for The Preakness and The Belmont Stakes.

Jerry looks forward to working with everyone and making money for anyone who invests in his picks on a daily basis.

Join Jerry daily with picks from Belmont, Churchill Downs and Santa Anita or choose a package that contains selections from Multiple Tracks for the LOW PRICE of $19.95! Or better yet, how about 30 Days of horse racing picks with his Monthly Racing Package for ONLY $99.95!
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, SAVE 10% off a Live Odds Pro subscription, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Gold Membership