Following her last-place finish as the heavy favorite in the Lady's Secret Stakes (gr. I) at Santa Anita Oct. 1, trainer Jerry Hollendorfer said champion Blind Luck will not race in this year's Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic (gr. I).
“Right now, I would say she definitely will not run in the Breeders’ Cup,” the 65-year-old Hall of Fame trainer told the Santa Anita publicity office by phone from Hollywood Park. “But she came back fine. I don’t know why she threw in a bad race. She never did that before.”
The Ladies' Classic, in which Blind Luck ran second last year, is Nov. 4 at Churchill Downs.
Obviously disappointed, Hollendorfer took solace with a philosophical mindset.
“We’re big boys,” Hollendorfer said, “and we have to take the bad with the good.”
Hollendorfer could not be reached for further comment.
Daily Racing Form reported that Hollendorfer could not find any obvious physical issue with Blind Luck following the Lady's Secret, but wanted to have a detailed nuclear scan performed on her.
"Something must be bugging her. I don"t know what it is," he told the publication.
The 6-5 favorite in the Lady's Secret, Blind Luck was never a factor and finished 18 3/4 lengths behind the victorious 3-year-old filly Zazu after being eased in the final furlong by jockey Garrett Gomez.
It was the first time in her 22-race career that Blind Luck finished worse than third. The 4-year-old daughter of Pollard's Vision has 12 lifetime wins and earnings of $3,279,520.
Blind Luck is tentatively expected to race next year.