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Blind Luck Faces Seven Rivals in El Encino

8.21 Blind Luck wins the Grade 1 Alabama with Joel Rosario up
Blind Luck, expected to be named champion 3-year-old filly at the Eclipse Awards Monday evening, kicks off her 2011 campaign in the $150,000 El Encino Stakes (gr. II) Jan. 16 at Santa Anita.

A three-time grade I winner in 2010, Blind Luck is to face seven other fillies who just turned 4 in the 1 1/16-mile dirt track event. The El Encino, which also attracted grade I winner Champagne d'Oro, is the eighth race on the program with a 4:07 p.m. PST expected start.

Blind Luck won the first four starts of her career on dirt for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, including  grade I victories in the Kentucy Oaks and Alabama, but carries a two-race losing streak into the El Encino. She ran second as the 3-2 choice in the Breeders' Cup Ladies Classic (gr. I) Nov. 5 at Churchill Downs.

The late-running daughter of Pollard's Vision   was unable to overcome a slow pace in the 1 1/8-mile test that day and wound up beaten by 1 3/4 lengths by Unrivaled Belle. Blind Luck finished second in the Fitz Dixon Cotillion Stakes (gr. II) at Parx Racing at Philadelphia Park a month before the Breeders' Cup.


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man up jerry she didn't have it from the start.
Quote from Jerry Hollendorfer - "My filly got beat," he said, while walking back to the stables. "We may have to do something else. If the track stays the same way, I don't think we'll run here."
no she was just flat today, blind luck has won a few at S.A. facing speed.
medlocke- I'm tired of people already trying to morph other horses into Zenyatta. Blind Luck is an original, she doesn't need to follow in any path but her own.
her style is too late for that speedy dirt course
which is great zatt, now people might lay off her and she will pay next time when she bounces back. yay for always a princess. i love that horse. god z fans have to pollute every race that involves females .
The Santa Anita main track is definitely speed favoring. Even though Blind Luck was making her first start in 72-days, she had a long year in 2010 and has been in steady training (10 works) since finishing 2nd in the BC Ladies' Classic.
Read an article on the daily racing form that the Santa Anita surface has been extremely kind to from runners. Since friday 20 out of 23 races have gone to horses within 3 lengths of the lead.
Blind Luck may be finally starting to show signs of fatigue.
Yikes... when a race falls apart like that, you're supposed to catch 'em.
The El Encino Stakes. The first stakes victory of Zenyatta's career in just her third career start. Blind Luck will following in big shoes trying to win this race.
I'm pulling for Champagne D'Oro [I have an affinity for Medaglia fillies] But Blind Luck has been looking VERY fit. Champagne D'oro will have a hard time with her.

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