With Devil May Care entered in the May 1 Kentucky Derby (gr. I), all eyes are now on Blind Luck, who was installed as the 6-5 morning line favorite in the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I). The filly drew post position 5 for the April 30 race at Churchill Downs.
The post position draw for the Kentucky Oaks was held in the track’s racing office the morning of April 27. The Dallas Stewart-trained filly Seeking the Title was excluded from the race due to a lack of earnings in graded stakes that is used to determine the 14 starters.
"I think (the 5) post is good,” said Jerry Hollendorfer, who trains Blind Luck, a daugther of Pollard's Vision. “I was talking with Rafael Bejerano this morning and we thought from the five on out to the 10 would good for us. He's happy with that. He's ridden this filly a lot of times so he knows her well. And he's a very good rider. So you couldn't ask for anything more than that."
A three-time grade I winner, Blind Luck captured this year’s Las Virgenes (gr. I) and Fantasy (gr. II) last out at Oaklawn Park April 2. She most recently drilled six furlongs in 1:14 4/5 at Churchill April 23 in preparation for the Run for the Lilies. Bred in Kentucky by Fairlawn Farm, she is owned by Hollendorfer in partnership with Mark DeDomenico, John Carver, and Peter Abruzzo.
Evening Jewel, winner of the April 3 Ashland Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland, drew post 11 for the Oaks. The daughter of Northern Afleet, who has 10-1 morning line odds, will be ridden by jockey Kent Desormeaux.
“(The post position) is OK…you like to be a little further inside, however,” said trainer Jim Cassidy, who conditions Evening Jewel for Tom and Marilyn Braly’s California-based Braly Family Trust. “However (breaking from the 11 hole) forces us to take hold, which I wanted to do anyway. The only reason we were on the lead in the Ashland was because there was no other speed in the race. But she’s off the pace anyway…(this post position) kind of tells us what we have to do, so we don’t have to think about it.”