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.