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Blind Luck on the Auction Block

8.21 Blind Luck wins the Grade 1 Alabama with Joel Rosario up
Champion Blind Luck is scheduled to be sold at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale. The multiple grade I-winning daughter of Pollard's Vision will be consigned in Book One as Hip No. 210A by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent.

The chestnut filly has 12 lifetime wins, 10 of which came in graded stakes, and earnings of $3,279,520. During her sophomore season Blind Luck captured the Las Virgenes, Kentucky Oaks, and Betfair TVG Alabama (all gr. I) en route to earning an Eclipse Award as the 2010 champion 3-year-old female. She also ran second in the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic (gr. I).

In six starts this year, Blind Luck has wins in the Vanity Handicap (gr. I), La Troienne Stakes (gr. II), and Delaware Handicap (gr. II). In the 10-furlong Del’ Cap, she defeated Horse of the Year candidate Havre de Grace by a nose.


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This seems like a big deal now but think back to the Gene Klein 114 horse dispersal in '89 where Open Mind 2YO Champion, Winning Colors Kentucky derby winner and lady's Secret 86 HOY among others were sold at auction and it is easier to put Blind Lucks sale in context. Toss in the sale and auction of the Elmendorf horses (notably Antespend) in 1997. Sales of this sort are rare but have happened before and will happen again.
A little surprised about DeadHeat, weren't you the one saying to turn out Blind Luck and let her be a horse? So now the connections are retiring her so as to not risk injury during a 5 year old campaign and you say that they don't appreciate her. Look at all the Grade I winners in the same sale? Make up your mind. As for likin sparks, I'd like you to point out to me ONE Team Valor that held it's form for more than a couple of races, let alone 3 seasons like Blind Luck did. I'll wait! Isn't Gypsy's Warning in the sale as well? What planet are you from?
OK, so maybe I was somewhat hastey in my negative opinion about the owners of BL putting her up for auction.
  • GoTexas · I'll finish my post :)) If the owners aren't into the breeding thing, then what other options do they have if they don't want to race BL any more? Ideally, somebody could have gotten her via private sale (i.e. Repole and Ashford for MO). It seems most TB sales are done via auction. I just hope the best for BL and want to see her connections do everything they can to make sure she gets in the best of hands. · 1386 days ago
My opinion is if Blind Luck came to run as a 5 year-old and ran ONE bad race all the "geniuses here would scream to the high heavens, How can they bring her back? Hasn't she done enough> the owners are greedy? Yes or no? So by retiring her early so as to not have a repeat of what happened to Life At Ten or Lady's Secret is supposed to be a bad thing? Tell me what would make you people happy?
When a stakes winning female horse's career is over, they either are sold or retained for breeding. If the owners have no breeding operation, there really becomes no question what will happen. Being sold at auction is the way it is done; it is not a show of disrespect.
Sassy's Image and CS Silk, recent G1 winners, are scheduled to be sold at Fasig Tipton November sale.
I think the issue that myself and most people are having with this is because there is no explantion as to why all of a sudden she is being sold. To the public it looks like she had her worse race ever and now she is being dumped. Yes this is a business and I do realize not all owners are breeders but why not let "us" know that so that we are not jumping to conclusions.
I literally froze when I saw the recent headlines about Blind Luck....and, before any more try to educate us on "this is a business" crap, stuff it! This hurts big time, and all of us who have rooted for her, who have watched her bring excitement to the sport for the past two years, one and all are broken hearted! I don't think I've seen anything so cold, so unfeeling. Mr. Hollendorfer, Mr. DeDomenico, Mr. Carver, may you rot in hell for the cold, heartless, callous treatment of one of racing's true champions!
  • DanielWard · Hurts you? who are you Ann? I've worked with her every day since June of 2009, what would hurt me is if something happened to her on the racetrack and that she would have to be in pain, this insures that that will never happen, that's the point. Anyone who can't figure that out should rot in hell. Why not vent your anger at Switch, Royal Delta, Unrivaled Belle, Life At Ten, all in the same sale? Blind Luck's connections do not keep their mares for breeding, they sell them all at the end of their racing careers, don't speak until you do your research · 1386 days ago
I agree with all the comments. I am sick about this. I used to like Jerry H. but not now. He is dumping Blind Luck as if she were yesterdays garbage.
  • DanielWard · Yesterday's garbage? perhaps she should run next year as Life At Ten did? or maybe keep running until she bolts to the outside fence like Lady's Secret, would that make you happy buckpasser? · 1386 days ago
I'm so ticked right now. She is such a great filly, on and off the track. I can't beleive they are selling her. How could they sell her! And at an auction! This is totally ridiculous. I really hope she gets sold to someone who will genuinley love and care for her, even if she can't run anymore. Her owners should be ashamed.
  • DanielWard · you should be ashamed for saying something so stupid, retiring a horse before they have a chance to be injured is showing that they are taking the horse's best interest into consideration. Switch, Unrivaled Belle, Royal Delta, and Life At Ten are in the same sale, why not hate their conections as well horseracingirl? you wish you were cared for as well as Blind Luck has been for the last 3 years. · 1386 days ago
Excellent points Fly So Free. I actually saddled Ruhlmann in the 1988 Jerome Handicap and have a photo on my wall to prove it, you shouldn't use his name until you know enough about horse racing to comment on it. By the way, what's wrong with retiring a horse before she gets injured? Isn't that the way you hope all careers are ended? If you chose to research the subject the owners and trainer of Blind Luck have previously sold all of their mares, Hystericalady, Pike Place Dancer etc..
I think what is bothering people about this is that the announcement was rather abrupt without really declaring whether Blind Luck is officially retired, or the actual results of her recent tests even if there was no confirmed diagnosis of unsoundness. But not everyone is a public relations genius, so this is how the decision has been handled. But nothing suggests her owners and training team are not acting in her best interests, selling her at the top of her career will insure she has a home amongst the top broodmares and stallions in the world and will be well managed and cared for.
Dear Mr. Ward, we aren't talking about the other horses in the sale. Did you not read the title? "Blind Luck on the Auction Block". And if we knock her connections why would that bother you......after all we're all uneducated.
Daveron also up for sale...the Keeneland November Catalog is fascinating and the sale can be seen on-line: http://www.keeneland.com/sales/lists/sale/allitemsalt.aspx
I agree with most of you about being all about business but I'll take it one step further and say this business decision is being induced by something that happened to Blind Luck during training. I'm suspecting Blind Luck developed a negative memory from the result of improper training, this memory caused her to lose the desire to race. The best thing for her now is to get her in goods hands and re-educate her...Team Valor we need ya!
Switch, Royal Delta, Unrivaled Belle, Life At Ten all in the same sale, why not the same uneducated comments about their conections? ?
The owner has a beautiful farm, perhaps they could keep her there. http://www.pegasustrainingcenter.com/
Her owners do not keep their mares after they are finished racing, at all times the plan was to sell her after she is done racing. It is always better to retire a little early rather than too late, or do you "experts" want to see her go out like Life At Ten, or worse, Lady's Secret. Come on people, what are they supposed to do? Have her life a good life as a broodmare at a top class farm, or should they keep her? Where? in the backyard?
Maybe DeDomenico is running out of $$$, must get expensive to run around with all those playboy bunnies.
ok. I agree its a business, BUT why sell a horse that is making you money, could make you more money and possibly bring you more money selling a foal of hers. Interesting that she is being unloaded after an unexplained loss,, that is totally out of character for her. This is not business, this is something else. Such as, there is something really wrong which they can't fix and time to unload before she is worth much less.

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