Dedomenico Buys Blind Luck for $2.5 Million
Champion Blind Luck brought $2.5 million at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale. The multiple grade I-winning daughter of Pollard's Vision was consigned as Hip No. 210A by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent.
Mike Puhich, trainer and director of operations of Mark Dedomenico’s Pegasus Training Center, signed the ticket for Blind Luck on Dedomenico's behalf. Dedomenico owned 50% of the filly during her race career and campaigned her in partnership with trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, John Carver, and Peter Abruzzo. Dedomenico will now keep Blind Luck at his Redmond, Wash-based training facility.
“She had a rough campaign and ran her heart out and we just want to let her be a horse for a little bit, let the smoke clear and then decide who to breed her to,” said Puhich of Blind Luck, who retires from racing with 12 lifetime wins, 10 of which came in graded stakes, and earnings of $3,279,520.
“Right now we’re going to let everything settle…we don’t know quite yet (who we’re going to breed her to),” said Puhich. “We’re going to talk about all that. Quite frankly, we didn’t know what she was going to sell for. So it’s a good deal for the partners, and it’s a good deal for Mark. He loves the horse and it was a good business decision for everybody. He wanted to keep her where we could control her destiny.”
During her sophomore season Blind Luck captured the Las Virgenes, Kentucky Oaks, and Betfair TVG Alabama (all gr. I) en route to earning an Eclipse Award as the 2010 champion 3-year-old female. She also ran second in the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic (gr. I).
In six starts this year, Blind Luck has wins in the Vanity Handicap (gr. I), La Troienne Stakes (gr. II), and Delaware Handicap (gr. II). In the 10-furlong Del’ Cap, she defeated Horse of the Year candidate Havre de Grace by a nose.
Blind Luck was not aimed at this year's Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic after an unplaced finish in the Lady's Secret Stakes (gr. I) Oct. 1 at Santa Anita.
“We just wanted to make sure she was going to have a good home and to do the right thing by her,” Puhich said. “We’re not actually in the breeding business, but it was a decision where Mark thought, if she goes for the right money and we can let her enjoy herself for what she’s done, let’s do that and then make some decisions later on.
“It was a great roll and we had a great time with (Blind Luck’s career), but mainly what we wanted to do is if she could be bought right and the partners were happy with the price she brought, great. It worked out for everybody.”
Bred in Kentucky by Dr. William A. Baker's Fairlawn Farm, Blind Luck was acquired by Hollendorfer in a private transaction following a 13 1/4-length triumph in her career debut at Calder Race Course.
Blind Luck is out of the Best of Luck mare Lucky One, who is a half sister to grade III victor Ethan Man (by Glitterman). Lucky One is also a half sister to Twilight Uproar (by Roar), who produced grade III victor Sweet Roar (by Durban Thunder).
Lucky One fetched $1.85 million at last year’s Keeneland November breeding stock sale while carrying a full sibling to Blind Luck. Consigned by Fairlawn Farm, agent, she was bought by Shadai Farm.
Blind Luck is the first winner produced by Lucky One, whose most recent foal is a yearling Successful Appeal filly named Successful Luck.
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