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Blind Luck rallies for Fantasy win
Multiple Grade 1 queen BLIND LUCK (Pollard's Vision) successfully pulled off the win in her final prep for the April 30 Kentucky Oaks (G1) when rallying late in Friday's $285,000 Fantasy S. (G2) at Oaklawn Park. With Rafael Bejarano sitting confidently the entire time, the chestnut lass ran in rear of the four-filly field before coming with a strong run down the middle of the track to score by 2 1/2 lengths.
Tidal Pool (Yankee Gentleman) ranged up to take the lead when the gates opened, setting splits of :24, :47 4/5, 1:11 3/5 and 1:36 2/5. Running just in behind and to her outside was All Due Respect (Value Plus), with No Such Word (Canadian Frontier) flanking that one. Blind Luck brought up the rear, as much as six lengths behind on the backstretch, and the four runners maintained their positions until reaching the turn.
All Due Respect and No Such Word began applying pressure to Tidal Pool rounding the turn, but the longtime leader turned back her would-be conquerors. Tidal Pool drew three lengths clear in the stretch, but Blind Luck was just getting started. The Jerry Hollendorfer trainee slowly wore down Tidal Pool before pulling away to finish up the 1 1/16-mile fast-track test in 1:42 2/5.
Sent off the 1-2 favorite, Blind Luck paid $3 and $2.20 after show wagering was canceled. Tidal Pool was worth $2.80 as the 3-1 second choice, and the 4-3 exacta returned $8.80. No Such Word followed by 6 1/2 lengths, with All Due Respect trailing home.
Campaigned by Mark Dedomenico LLC, John Carver, Peter Abruzzo and Hollendorfer, Blind Luck began her career in maiden claiming company, capturing her debut by 13 1/4 lengths for a $40,000 tag at Calder. Sold soon after to her current connections and shipped to California, the chestnut would go on under Hollendorfer's tutelage to add a starter allowance at Del Mar to her line.
Blind Luck made her stakes bow a rallying second in the Darley Debutante (G1), then captured the Oak Leaf S. (G1) on October 4. The filly was a close third in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1), just missing second by a head in that test, and closed out her juvenile campaign with a dominating seven-length victory in the Hollywood Starlet S. (G1). She opened 2010 with a third Grade 1 score, capturing the Las Virgenes S., and just missed one again when two necks behind in third in the Santa Anita Oaks (G1) prior to this one. The $180,000 winner's share boosted her bankroll past the million mark, as she's now earned $1,069,050, and her line reads 9-6-1-2.
Bred by Fairlawn Farm in Kentucky, Blind Luck passed through the sales ring twice, bringing $11,000 as a Fasig-Tipton July yearling and RNAing for $10,000 at the OBS Spring Sale of Two-Year-Olds in Training in April. The chestnut lass is the first registered foal out of the winning Lucky One (Best of Luck), who has since produced an unnamed juvenile colt by Orientate and 2010 filly by Successful Appeal.
Lucky One is a half-sister to 2002 Swale S. (G3) hero Ethan Man (Glitterman), while her dam, Twilight Spectre (Imp Society), is herself a half-sibling to multiple Grade 2 victor Chas Conerly (Big Burn) and multiple Grade 3-placed Gainzer (Turkoman). Also of note in the family is Burn's Return (Big Burn), queen of the 1979 Monmouth Oaks (G1).