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Blind Luck Skips Pacific Classic

Eclipse Award-winning filly Blind Luck was not entered Wednesday morning  in Sunday’s $1 million Pacific Classic as had been eagerly anticipated. The 4-year-old daughter of Pollard’s Vision will train up to the Lady’s Secret on October 1 at Santa Anita as the final start before the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Ladies Classic on Friday, November 4 at Churchill Downs.


“I just didn’t want to run her against the colts,” Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer said by telephone from Northern California of a first test against males in the Pacific Classic. “I didn’t want to ship her across the country either.


“Sometimes patience is the best virtue.”


Blind Luck had been nominated for the Pacific Classic, the Personal Ensign at Saratoga in New York and the Molly Pitcher at Monmouth Park in New Jersey, races that are all scheduled for Sunday. Last Saturday, Hollendorfer ruled out the Saratoga and Monmouth races and said that if Blind Luck would run anywhere it would be in the Pacific Classic.


Wednesday morning, a day that had been tentatively scheduled for Blind Luck to undergo a final workout for the Classic, Hollendorfer assistant Dan Ward oversaw a routine gallop for the filly and said a more serious exercise would be moved back to Thursday or Friday.


“She had trained well enough (to consider the Classic),  but I don’t think she really likes this track,” Ward said. “Everybody said last year we ran her too much and shipped her too much. We’ve already run six times and shipped three times this year.”


Blind Luck raced nine times, at seven different tracks, winning five times and earning over $1.6 million in 2010. In the six starts at five different tracks in 2011, Blind Luck has three wins and three seconds to add $890,808 to a career earnings total that now stands at $3,279,520.

 

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icy.....that was one of the more condescending, arrogant, "i'm better than you" pot shots i've ever seen. you are kinda full of yourself, aren't you.
moron.... stop talkin smack.... jack!!!!!!
HORSEFACE: my son made 7 million last year and you?
one of icyhotboo kid's........
Who is the kid on an allowance?
Icyhotboo...I see your not smarter than a 5th grader... 1 man is never bigger then the game.... and all he will be doin is givin horse's racing a black eye....and that bad for the sport. fan's all over the world no about the BC. not the empire state games!!! and 4 the kid on a allowance comment it's not like u have 4,000 million...
I believe Repole said that they would make it so the races in the Games would be moved to compete w/ the BC, so them being in October would change, if they plan on using the Super Sat races. Also last year remember Blame was a leading older male but held no star power at all nor was there a big show down with a major 3yr old and older male. Previous years had either dynamic stars like Bernardini in 06 and Curlin in 08 to help boost that. Or a match up of some sort like LR vs Curlin or SB vs QR. Also remember that RA had been retired and she alway drew a crowd. LAT was a good mare, but people still remembered her getting beat by over 10 lengths in the PE and how UB hadn't won since the La Troienne. The main races didn't have the stars that normally attract attention last year. This year will feature BD vs TS in the Vosburgh, Uncle Mo vs JB in the Kelso, Cape Blanco in the Joe Hirsch, Stacelitta in the Flower Bowl, IT vs HDG in the Beldame. The Gold Cup has two lures a rubber match between Tiz and FO and the top 3yr vs top older male. There is not one major stakes on the card that doesn't have some type of draw to it.
Maybe with MR it's a matter of principle that if the BC host site was for sale which is now a given they should have come to him first. Also the way he talks "I'll fund the Empire State Games" they don't need to charge for anything or depend on slots. Bottom line he's got the best horses, the most money and they will run at Belmont even if he's the only one in attendence along with trainers looking for sponsors and people having fun atthe greatest track in the world.
Last year at Super Saturday at Belmont, with Blame in the Jockey Club Gold Cup and three other Grade 1 races the attendance was less than 10,000. If the Empire games are scheduled in October for better weather they will be competing directly with the Arc in France and Champions day in England for the European horses. This is a very bad idea, it only hurts racing and we all know racing has enough problems already. Repole and all racing fans should support the Breeders Cup and with money from slots Belmont should make a much more competetive bid for the Breeders Cup in 2013.
icyhotboo....I see your not smarter than a 5th grader'''
HORSEFACE: here is a horseman with 4,000 million dollars at his disposal and he also has the top 3yo and 2yo in n/a, also he's pissed off like a lot of us who can't understand the decision to award it to a track who's surface at BC time is still unknown not to mention it would have been the 3rd time in five years to host the event. If your still clueless as to whats happening he just put a ton of pressure on the people who took the money for their votes. In 2012 they won't be around but he will and I would make the Empire State Games a 19/1 favorite to take place over the now defunct BC unless of course they get rid of the people who took the money for votes and politely ask Belmont to be the host because thats the only way the BC survives and everyone but you seems to know it. You obviously never knew anything about the Golden Rule as you talk like a child still on an allowance.
I think plenty of owners and trainers would go skip the BCC if it were at Santa Anita, and personally I love the idea. I hate that the BC has become the be all end all and has taken away from races such as the Whitney, Woodward, JCGC, Pacific Classic, the Goodwood etc. Every race that used to be a top race has now been reduced to nothing more than a high class prep. Belmont already has Super Saturday, which is bigger than any other event in America, other than the Derby and BC. It draws top horses year after year after year, and is completely loaded this year, and it doesn't even have Repole's money yet. If it did the purses would be huge, travel for foriegn horses would be less, and NY would end up hosting an event that could easily rival the BC.
Well consider Repole's statement as fact more then fiction, his statement was made after talking to horseman about the situation and while no one is against Cali, believe me when i say that if the Track has issues and is a speedway and hurting horses like it did over the winter. There will be a large number of Eastern horses stay home instead of shipping out. Thats the truth.
This is ridiculous empire state game's...!!! Are you crazy? get real.! The B.C. has proven it is the super bowl of horse racing.... no smart trainer will say im running in the empire state games not the BCC.!!!! AND THAT'S A FACT!!!!
""I really hope the Breeders' Cup reconsiders its decision on this. If not, I may join forces with NYRA and start my own Empire State Games. I'll fund it for NYRA and we'll compete against the Breeders' Cup." Mike Repole August, 9th 2011
Mike Repole is bankrolling the Empire State Games in co-operation with the NYRA in 2012 at Belmont. That is his statement. He has liqidity of four billion dollars. He spends four milion on horses every year. Why would you doubt this man who wants to correct a huge mistake by the BC executive. His purses will be larger as there won't be a BC in 2012. The europeans are delighted having to travel 3,000 less. As you disagree give him a call I'm sure he'll jump at the chance to talk to you.
empire state games???? please!!!!
CraigBradshaw : classic , SA, 2012? are you serious? Mike Repole is bankrolling the Empire State Games. Where is the BC going to come up with purses to match his?
i think that the 'dorf now has the bclc in his sights to win, thus the change to the ls. he will probably point her to classic next year at sa, in her backyard.
It's a risk to choose the Lady's Secret over the P.C. because what if BL loses the Lady's secret? We all know HDG won't be in the LS, so who would BL be facing in that? Which is why I said the LS is now a must win for BL or it's more of an embarrassment.

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