A thrilling winner of the Kentucky Oaks when last seen on
April 30 at Churchill Downs, Blind Luck will be heavily favored against four
opponents in the $150,000 Hollywood Oaks on Sunday at Hollywood Park.
by trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, Peter Abruzzo, John Carver and Mark DeDomenico,
the 3-year-old Pollard’s Vision filly and the Best Of Luck mare Lucky One will
be trying to join a very exclusive club with a win in the Grade II.
Blind Luck, who has won seven of 10 and earned $1,398,712, is successful on
Sunday, she will become only the second filly to win both the Kentucky Oaks and
Hollywood Oaks. Fran’s Valentine completed the double in 1985.
winner of three of four races in 2010 – in addition to her nose decision over
Evening Jewel in Kentucky, she also won the
Las Virgenes at Santa Anita and the Fantasy at Oaklawn
Park – Blind Luck will be making her
second start at Hollywood
her final outing as a 2-year-old, Blind Luck turned in what most would consider
her most impressive performance. She won the Hollywood Starlet, a Grade 1, by
seven lengths last Dec. 22. Sharp Cat is the lone filly to win both the Starlet
and Hollywood Oaks, completing the sweep with a three length Oaks victory in
Bejarano, who won the 2008 Oaks with Lethal Heat, will be in his usual spot
aboard Blind Luck. She will carry top weight of 123 pounds in the race at 1
1/16 miles on Cushion Track.
John Sadler, who, like Hollendorfer, is seeking his first Hollywood Oaks win,
will be represented by Switch.
daughter of Quiet American out of the Nicholas mare Antoniette owned by C R K
Stable, Switch is stretching out after finishing second behind Tanda in the
Railbird on May 9. Her only victory in five starts was at 6 ½ furlongs in her
career debut at Hollywood
Park last Dec. 13.
her two previous races around two turns, Switch finished fourth in the Bonnie
Miss at Gulfstream
Park on March 20, five
weeks after she was third, a half-length behind Blind Luck in the Las Virgenes.
Switch, who has earned $99,600, will be ridden by Joel Rosario.
C, who won the Melair, a race restricted to California breds at the Oaks distance, will
be looking for her fourth victory in 14 tries.
by Carlos Polanco and trained by Marcelo Polanco, Camille C, a daughter of
Roman Dancer and the Rahy mare Paris Operetta, has never won against open
company. With earnings of $269,551, Camille C, who was purchased for $4,200 as
a 2-year-old at Barretts, will be trying for her third win in her fifth race on
the Hollywood Park main track.
In Gold, a troubled fifth in the Railbird, is 1-for-1 routing, having defeated
maidens at one mile on March 11 at Santa Anita. Trained by Ron Ellis for owners
Mace and Samantha Siegel’s Jay Em Ess Stable, the Medaglia d’Oro filly and the
Corporate Report mare Corporate Vision has one win in three races. She has
earned $29,880. Tyler Baze, who won a year ago with Carlsbad, has the mount.
last jockey to win consecutive Oaks is Laffit Pincay, Jr. He scored with Tango
Dancer in 1982 and Heartlight No. One the following year.
from Blind Luck, nobody in the field has won more than Antares World. The
Decarchy filly out of the Spinning World mare Alashir’s World has captured five
by Steve Specht for owner-breeders Mr. and Mrs. Larry Williams, Antares World
will be making only her second start in Southern
California. She finished eighth of 10 in the Providencia, a Grade
II, on the turf at Santa Anita on April 3. An earner of $170,718, including
wins in the California Oaks and Golden Poppy at Golden Gate, she will be ridden
for the first time by Victor Espinoza.
the inside out, the field for the 65th Hollywood Oaks: Switch, Joel
Rosario rides, 113 pounds; Camille C, Joe Talamo, 119; Blind Luck, Rafael
Bejarano, 123; Antares World, Victor Espinoza, 117 and Vision In Gold, Tyler