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Always a Princess Upsets Blind Luck

Always a Princess with Martin Garcia up wins The Indiana Oaks (grII) at Hoosier Park. Anderson, IN. 10.02.2010 (photo Ed Van Meter)

Blind Luck probably will have her moment Monday when she is expected to be named champion three-year-old filly at the Eclipse Awards. On Sunday, however, the spotlight belonged to Always a Princess.

Arnold Zetcher’s Always a Princess opened a huge lead on Blind Luck entering the stretch and held plenty left in reserve to hold off the 2010 Kentucky Oaks (G1) winner to take the $150,000 El Encino Stakes (G2) at Santa Anita Park.

Making her eighth career start, Always a Princess readily engaged Champagne d’Oro in a speed duel on the outside as the duo spurted away from three other four-year-old fillies. Meanwhile, Blind Luck, making her season debut, raced more than nine lengths off the pace in last after six furlongs in 1:08.72.

Entering the stretch, Always a Princess found another gear under Rafael Bejarano while multiple Grade 1 winner Champagne d’Oro flattened out.

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oh wiat it is very much speed faovred track, i think on mondy it was more balanced, my mistake, anyway there were a few closers strong closers who won. and we know blind luck is one of those kind of horses, i think she just lost because she was off that day is all i am saying.
thier muscles are, sore, they didn't have, clunked, bounced you get what i mean. she feel short in the ladies bc, she was bound to not have it for this race. i saw quite a few closers win the other day actually, feels very netrual track to me.
that should read has NOT spent themselves
Tired? HINT HINT there is not a thoroughbred alive who, after running their race, has spent themselves...Go back in the barns a few days after their race and see the cost it takes out of MOST but not all., of them
and that she was tired.
That speed favoring track was partly responsible for the result

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