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Blind Luck tops Santa Anita Oaks
One race following the Sham S. (G3) on the Santa Anita H. (G1) undercard Saturday, BLIND LUCK (Pollard's Vision) will seek her fourth Grade 1 victory when she lines up against seven rivals in the $250,000 Santa Anita Oaks (G1). The Jerry Hollendorfer-trained filly rallied gamely to record a nose score when making her three-year-old bow in the February 13 Las Virgenes S. (G1).
Blink Luck figures to be an overwhelming choice in the 1 1/16-mile Santa Anita Oaks. Winner of the Hollywood Starlet (G1) and Oak Leaf (G1) last season, the chestnut lass missed by less than a length when third following a troubled trip in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) and also recorded a runner-up in the Darley Debutante (G1). Her BRIS numbers tower over the opposition, and Rafael Bejarano will return to the saddle.
Santa Ysabel (G3) queen CRISP (El Corredor), who exits a non-threatening fourth in the Las Virgenes, is the only graded winner among the challengers. Joel Rosario has the mount for John Sadler, who is also responsible for SISTER DAWN (Indian Charlie) and COZI ROSIE (Pleasantly Perfect). The latter will make her first stakes appearances off a pair of maiden and allowance wins over track/trip, and Sister Dawn steps up off a convincing maiden tally in her career debut. ALL DUE RESPECT (Value Plus), a 7 1/2-length maiden winner in her last start at Fair Grounds, will switch to a synthetic track and make her first start for trainer Kathy Walsh on Saturday.