Blind Luck Seeks 3rd Grade I in Las Virgenes
Blind Luck can add a third grade I victory to her sterling record when she faces five rivals in the $250,000 Las Virgenes Stakes at Santa Anita Feb. 6.
Hollendorfer's longer-term goal for Blind Luck is the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) April 30. The daughter of Pollard's Vision won four of six starts as a juvenile with one second and one third and earnings of $709,050. Her third-place effort came in a slightly troubled trip in the Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I), a race won by eventual champion She Be Wild. The latter is reported to be also aiming for the Oaks.
She Be Wild and Blind Luck were co-highweighted fillies on the 2009 Experimental Handicap.
Blind Luck is owned in partnership by Mark DeDomenico, John Carver and Hollendorfer, who bought the chestnut filly privately after she romped to victory by 13 1/4 lengths in her debut at Calder Casino & Race Course over a $40,000 maiden claiming field last June. She has raced exclusively on synthetic tracks since, winning Oak Tree's Oak Leaf Stakes (gr. I) at Santa Anita prior to the Breeders' Cup.
“After she broke her maiden, the owner offered her for sale, and we bought her right away,” Hollendorfer said. “She was just a nice big filly, and she won so easy.”
Out of the Best of Luck mare Lucky One, Blind Luck was bred in Kentucky by Fairlawn Farm.
Bejarano returns to the saddle on Blind Luck, who will be a heavy favorite while carrying top weight of 122. To break from post 2, she'll spot her rivals between four and six pounds apiece.
Her most formidable foe is Crisp, who cuts back a bit in distance following her snappy one-length tally from off the pace in the 1 1/16-mile Santa Ysabel Stakes (gr. III) Jan. 10. The fast-developing daughter of El Corredor broke her maiden just a month earlier at Hollywood for trainer John Sadler and owner Michael Talla. Joel Rosario has the call once again on Crisp, who should not have too much difficulty with the outside post position in the small field.
The Storm Creek filly was in the money in all six of her synthetic track starts last year, winning twice while earning $162,600, the second highest total in the Las Virgenes field. Her only off-the-board performance came in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf, when she split the field. La Nez will be rejoined by jockey Mike Smith, who rode her in the Cal Cup.
“Blind Luck will have to regress quite a bit for anyone to have a chance,” noted Kruljac.
$250,000 Las Virgenes Stakes (gr. I, Race 4, 2:03 p.m. PST), 3-Year-Old Fillies, 1 Mile (Synthetic)
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