Some horses have a nose for the wire. The aptly-named Blind Luck is certainly one of them.
For the third time this season Blind Luck ran down a rival in the final jump to win by the narrowest of margins, this time nosing out Havre de Grace in the $263,200 Delaware Oaks (gr. II) (VIDEO) July 10 on the slop. It was the fourth graded victory of the season for the daughter of Pollard's Vision , who is co-owned and trained by the California-based Jerry Hollendorfer.
"You know the good ones just find a way to get there," Hollendorfer said. "I mean, she has been beaten before, but she is a very good filly and she just finds a way to there. We are very grateful and very thankful."
Blind Luck remained perfect in four starts on dirt in taking the 1 1/16-mile Delaware Oaks. This was her first time running over an off track. A four-time grade I winner, including the April 30 Kentucky Oaks in which she won in similar fashion, Blind Luck upped her earnings to $1,578,712.
Joel Rosario was aboard Blind Luck for the first time this season and the filly, in typical style, raced near the back of the field. She was last after a half-mile this time as Derwin's Star set the pace. Under Jose Valdivia Jr., Derwin’s Star took the field through splits of :23.94, :48.17, and 1:12.54. Havre de Grace stalked closely in second.
Derwin’s Star still had a narrow lead at the top of the stretch, but Havre de Grace was right on her heels under Jeremy Rose and those two dueled into the final furlong. Meanwhile, Blind Luck made her four-wide bid rounding the far turn and was gaining on those two from the outside. Havre de Grace finally passed Derwin’s Star inside the sixteenth-pole, but Blind Luck was gaining too.
Blind Luck, now racing five-wide, did not pass Havre de Grace until the final jump when she stuck her nose down at the perfect time. The final time was 1:43.34.
Fox Hill Farms’ Havre de Grace settled for runner-up, 1 1/2 lengths in front of Derwin’s Star.
"It was close, but she got there,” said Rosario. “She broke a slow and since the track was wet, so sometimes you have to take your time and let your horse settle. After I passed the three-eighths pole, I asked her and she proved to be a nice filly and she beat a nice filly.”
Blind Luck, bred in Kentucky by Fairlawn Farm and out of the Best of Luck mare Lucky One, improved to 8-2-2 from 12 starts. The California shipper entered the race off a runner-up finish in the Hollywood Oaks (gr. II) June 6. She has now started at five different racetracks this year.
Besides the Kentucky Oaks, her 2010 victories came in the Feb 13 Las Virgenes at Santa Anita (gr. I) and April 2 Fantasy Stakes (gr. II) at Oaklawn Park. As a juvenile, Blind Luck conquered the Oak Leaf Stakes and Hollywood Starlet Stakes—both grade I races in California.
Blind Luck is owned by Hollendorfer, Mark DeDomenico, John Carver, and Peter Abruzzo.
Hollendorfer said Blind Luck is now pointing toward the grade I Alabama Stakes on Aug. 21 at Saratoga.
Sent off as the 1-5 choice in a field of seven, Blind Luck paid $2.40, $2.20, and $2.10. Havre de Grace, who returned $3.60 and $2.80, filled out an exacta (5-7) worth $10.60. The trifecta (5-7-10) was $42.80.