Blind Luck, St Trinians and Switch, who have combined to win
12 graded stakes, are among six fillies and mares entered in the $250,000 Vanity
Handicap Saturday at Hollywood Park.
A Grade I at 1 1/8 miles on Cushion Track, the Vanity will
go as the eighth race.
Blind Luck, who earned the eighth graded victory of her
brilliant career when winning the La Troienne despite a stumbling start May 6
at Churchill Downs, will be trying to make a bit of history Saturday.
The 4-year-old Pollard’s Vision filly out of the Best of
Luck mare Lucky One will be seeking to become only the third female to win both
the Hollywood Starlet and the Vanity. If successful, the Kentucky bred would
join Hollywood Story and Splendid Blended.
Owned by Peter Abruzzo, John Carver, Mark DeDomenico LLC and
trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, Blind Luck, who ended a five race losing streak in
the La Troienne, has won 10 of 19, earning $2,679,520.
“She’s been doing great since she came back from Kentucky,’’
said Hollendorfer, who will turn 65 Saturday. “I think a mile and an eighth is
a good distance for her.’’
An extremely game runner-up when Zenyatta won her record
third Vanity last June 13, St Trinians is shooting for her second graded win
for owners Daniel Capen and Laura Chavers and trainer Mike Mitchell.
Disqualified out of a victory in the Milady Handicap May 21,
St Trinians is winless since taking the 2010 Santa Maria Handicap at Santa
Anita more than 16 months ago. A
6-year-old English bred daughter of Piccolo and the Classic Cliché mare
Cherrycombe-Row, St Trinians has seven wins in 16 attempts and has earned
St Trinians would become only the second female to win the
Vanity a year after finishing second. Bewitch was the runner-up to Next Move in
1959 before winning in 1960 for Calumet
Switch, who defeated Blind Luck by 1 ¼ lengths in the 2010
Hollywood Oaks, has not been worse than second in four races over Cushion
Track, winning twice for owners Lee and Susan Searing’s C R K Stable.
Trained by John Sadler, the 4-year-old Quiet American filly
out of the Nicholas mare Antoniette has won five of 14 while earning $942,600.
Her two Grade I victories were at seven furlongs. She wrapped 2010 with a
four-length win in the La Brea last Dec. 26 at Santa Anita, then followed with
a 3 ½ length decision in the Santa Monica five weeks later.
The Vanity will be the first race for Switch since she
finished second behind Havre de Grace in the Apple Blossom Handicap April 15 at
The Searings have ordered 4,000 t-shirts that will be
distributed in conjunction with Hollywood Park on a first-come, first serve
basis Saturday. The shirts will have a “Go Switch’’ logo on the front.
Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, second with Tough Tiz’s
Sis in the first of Zenyatta’s Vanity wins in 2008, will be represented by
American Story Saturday.
Owned by Kaleem Shah, the 4-year-old Ghostzapper filly out
of the Meadowlake mare Holiday Runner made her graded stakes debut in the
Milady. After setting the pace, she crossed the finish third, but was placed
second after the disqualification of St Trinians.
The Kentucky bred has won three of six, earning $189,200.
She’s Cheeky, placed third after St Trinians’
disqualification last month, has won three of 19 and earned $253,633.
In search of her first graded victory, the 6-year-old
daughter of Black Minnaloushe and the Saint Ballado mare Zadkiel is trained by
Peter Eurton for owners Sharon Alesia, Bran Jam Stable and Ciaglia Racing.
Miss Match will be looking for her second Grade I of 2011,
having taken the Santa Margarita at odds of 45-1 March 12 at Santa Anita.
Owned by Matthew Cioros, the 6-year-old Indygo Station mare
out of the Southern Halo mare Miss Simpatia has six wins in 21 starts and
earnings of $576,614. She was fourth in the Apple Blossom in her most recent
A victory by Miss Match would be a record-tying fifth in the
Vanity for trainer Neil Drysdale. The last win in the race, which will be run
for the 70th time Saturday, for the Hall of Famer was with Splendid
Blended in 2005. John Shirreffs holds the record. In addition to three wins
with Zenyatta, Shirreffs won in 2006 with Hollywood Story and Manistique in
From inside out, the field for the Vanity Handicap: Miss
Match, Joe Talamo rides, 118 pounds; St
Trinians, Rafael Bejarano, 119; American Story, Martin Garcia, 113; Switch,
Joel Rosario, 120; She’s Cheeky, Brice Blanc, 114 and Blind Luck, Garrett