Blind Luck Retired; Booked to Bernardini
Blind Luck arrived Jan. 24 at John Sikura’s Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms near Lexington, Ky.
A champion for Dedomenico, John Carver, Peter Abruzzo, and trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, Blind Luck was a graded stakes winner all three years she raced. At 2 she won the Hollywood Starlet (gr. I) and the Oak Leaf (gr. I). As a 3-year-old she captured the Betfair TVG Alabama Stakes (gr. I), the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), the Las Virgenes Stakes (gr. I), and a pair of grade II events. Last year at 4 she took the Vanity Handicap (gr. I) and two grade II stakes, including a nose victory over 2011 Horse of the Year Havre de Grace in the 10-furlong Delaware Handicap.
She won six grade I races and four more grade II events.
Blind Luck, by Pollard's Vision , placed in two Breeders’ Cup events. She ran third in the Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) and second in the Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic (gr. I) her championship season. She missed the 2011 Ladies’ Classic after finishing seventh in the Lady’s Secret Stakes (gr. I) Nov. 1 in what was her last start.
Shortly after last year's Breeders’ Cup, Dedomenico bought out his partners' interest in Blind Luck at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale. He purchased her through agent Mike Puhich for $2.5 million from the Taylor Made Sales Agency consignment.
Blind Luck finished worse than third just once in her career. She was retired with a record of 12-7-2 from 22 starts and earnings of $3,279,520.
Bred in Kentucky by Fairlawn Farm, Blind Luck is the first foal out of the winning Best of Luck mare Lucky One, who is a half sister to graded stakes winner Ethan Man and the dam of a Brazilian group winner.
Bernardini, whose 2012 fee at Darley near Lexington is $150,000, was the leading second-crop sire of 2011.
Once in foal, she will be sent to Dedomenico's Pegasus Training and Rehabilitation Center near Redmond, Wash.
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