The top four finishers from Saturday’s Grade 1, $500,000
Betfair TVG Alabama all appear to have emerged from the race in good order.
heroine Blind Luck was reported to be a “happy horse” by Archie Cross,
assistant to trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, who is also a co-owner of the filly
with Mark Dedomenico, John Carver, and Peter Abruzzo.
“She’s doing well – much better than I am this morning!”
quipped Cross. “She’s chilling, relaxing, and is refreshed after having an
hour-long walk this morning.”
More cross-country trips are possible for Blind Luck, who
has left her home state of California
four times this year.
“We wouldn’t be able to do this if she didn’t travel so
well,” said Cross, who also exercises Blind Luck and has accompanied the filly
on her journeys.
Trainer Tony Dutrow was extremely pleased with Havre de
Grace’s gutsy second-place effort in the Betfair TVG Alabama and said the
Fox Hill Farms colorbearer appeared to come out of the race in fine shape.
“She’s doing great,” Dutrow said. “Having run as well as she
did in the Delaware Oaks and the Alabama,
I think our filly proved without any doubt that she’s absolutely among the best
of her generation. We’ll go forward now with the very big picture of what’s in
her best interests and look for another great opportunity like those two
Dutrow also spoke highly of Blind Luck.
“She is so special,” he said. “Nothing matters to her – not
a slow pace, not a fast pace, not the track she’s running on, not if she has to
go around horses. I haven’t seen a single thing that matters to her, and that’s
A few barns over, Tony Dutrow’s younger brother, Rick
Dutrow, Jr., was equally pleased with the third-place finish of Jay Em Ess
Stable’s Acting Happy.
“She ran a great race and it looks like she came out of it
well,” said Dutrow, Jr. “Everyone associated with the horse is happy this
Acting Happy, a daughter of Empire Maker, has now assembled
an impressive record of 2-2-2 from six starts, including a win in the Grade 2
Black-Eyed Susan and a pair of Grade 1 third-place efforts in the Betfair TVG
Coaching Club and Betfair TVG Alabama this summer.
“I’m thinking about it,” Dutrow said of plans for the filly.
“She’s had six races already this year, and I don’t know if I just want to give
her a break. We’ll see.”
Trainer Todd Pletcher was understandably disappointed with
the performance of Alabama
favorite Devil May Care, who finished fourth.
“I never felt she fired during the race,” he said this
morning. “She was beaten only 4 ½ lengths but I never felt she ran to her
capabilities. She trained up to it very well and came out of it in good order.
Watching the race, I was concerned down the backside because as slow as the
fractions were, I would have expected her to really be tugging Johnny
[Velazquez] up there, He said when they turned up the backside, she was off the
bridle. He was hoping that it was a good sign, that she was relaxed, but it
became more and more apparent that she just never really kicked in.”
Pletcher has nothing but praise for the Alabama winner, Blind Luck.
“She’s a tremendous filly and Jerry [Hollendorfer] has done
a tremendous job with her,” he said. “She shows up everywhere, and wins.”
Looking ahead, Pletcher said he was considering several
options for Devil May Care, among them the Grade 1 Beldame at Belmont Park
on October 2.