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Lawyer Ron's Itsmyluckyday Hands Shanghai Bobby First Defeat in GIII Holy Bull
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10th at GPXGIII Holy Bull S.  [1 1/16m]Winner: Itsmyluckyday, c, 3 by Lawyer Ron

Itsmyluckyday (Lawyer Ron) inflicted the first career defeat on Shanghai Bobby (Harlan’s Holiday) by outfinishing the recently crowned champion in the $400,000 GIII Holy Bull S. Showing the benefit of a recent race, the Calder-based colt ranged up alongside the GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile hero approaching the stretch. Shanghai Bobby fought back gamely, but Itsmyluckyday was going the better of the two and edged clear in the final strides. Itsmyluckyday earned 10 points in the "Road to the Kentucky Derby" challenge for the partnership of Trilogy Stable and Laurie Plesa. The time of 1:41.21 was a new mark for Gulfstream, which only began running 8 1/2-furlong races recently at the reconfigured track.
"Words can’t describe it," said winning trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. "It’s something everybody should feel. Anybody in this game deserves to have this feeling. I wish them all to have this feeling sometime--just not today."
Trainer Todd Pletcher was philosophical about Shanghai Bobby’s loss.
"The winner was very good today, we were second best," he summed up. "We got a good trip and didn't expect to break the track record by three-fifths of a second in order to win. I was happy. We got the trip we anticipated."

Saturday, Gulfstream Park
HOLY BULL S.-GIII, $400,000, GPX, 1-26, 3yo, 1 1/16m, 1:41 4/5 (NTR), ft.
1--@ITSMYLUCKYDAY, 120, c, 3, by Lawyer Ron
1st Dam: Viva La Slew (SP), by Doneraile Court
2nd Dam: Viva La Viva, by Crafty Prospector
3rd Dam: Viva Sec, by Secretariat
($47,000 yrl '11 KEESEP; $110,000 2yo ‘12 OBSMAR). O-Trilogy Stable & Laurie Plesa; B-Liberation Farm & Brandywine Farm (KY); T-Edward Plesa Jr; J-Elvis Trujillo. $240,000. Lifetime Record: 9-5-1-1, $425,600. Werk Nick Rating: C+. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.

2--Shanghai Bobby, 122, c, 3, Harlan’s Holiday--Steelin', by Orientate. ($105,000 yrl '11 KEESEP). O-Starlight Racing, Mrs John Magnier, Michael B Tabor & Derrick Smith; B-Stonehaven Steadings (KY); T-Todd A Pletcher. $80,000.
3--Clearly Now, 116, c, 3, Horse Greeley--Bend, by Arch. ($30,000 yrl '11 KEESEP). O-Irma Desrochers Leonard Zenith; B-Claiborne Farm (KY); T-Brian A Lynch. $40,000.
Margins: 2, 11HF, HF. Odds: 4.70, 1.00, 42.20.
Also Ran: Joshua's Comprise, Bern Identity, Frac Daddy, Dewey Square, Sr. Quisqueyano, Tulira Castle, Fredericksburg. Click for the chart or the PPs. Video replay

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