Fox Hill Farms’ Havre de Grace worked five furlongs in :59 3/5 Aug. 17 at Delaware Park, while rival Blind Luck breezed six furlongs in 1:13 4/5 at Del Mar the same morning. Both star fillies could resume their rivalry in an upcoming race at Saratoga.
The Aug. 28 Personal Ensign (gr. I) and Sept. 3 Woodward (gr. I) are possible for both fillies, though the meeting now seems less likely.
Owner Rick Porter said Wednesday that he is leaning toward running Havre de Grace, second last out to Blind Luck in the Delaware Handicap (gr. II), in the Woodward against males and hopes Blind Luck trainer Jerry Hollendorfer would consider meeting her there with his filly.
“I want to take the boys on now instead of in the Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I), but if I don’t like who’s coming to the Woodward, I’d run in the Personal Ensign whether Blind Luck comes or not,” Porter said. “I’m just sitting, waiting to see who goes where. I’d love to see Blind Luck come to the Woodward. I’ve invited her several times on my website. It would be great for racing and great for Saratoga.”
Of Havre de Grace’s breeze, trainer Larry Jones said: “Everything went real good. We’re not trying to do anything super special with her. She’s getting really antsy. She does it so easy, Gabe (Saez) says it felt like she went so slow. She’s doing really well.”
Hollendorfer has yet to pick out a next race for the Eclipse Award-winning Blind Luck but is considering the Personal Ensign as well as the Pacific Classic (gr. I) at Del Mar against males on the same day. He said that Porter’s overtures would have no bearing on his ultimate decision.
In addition, he said he plans to nominate Blind Luck to the $250,000 Molly Pitcher (gr. II) over 1 1/16 miles at Monmouth Park. The race is also Aug. 28.
Hollendorfer termed the latest workout by Blind Luck over Del Mar's Polytrack, done solo under regular exercise rider Marco Ramirez, “nice and steady.”
Likely for the 1 1/4-mile Personal Ensign are Ruffian (gr. I) winner Ask the Moon and runner-up Super Espresso, along with Arlington Matron (gr. III) winner Pachattack. Acronym, Payton d’Oro, and Tiz Miz Sue are questionable.