Sometimes at the end of the day having
a little blind luck can be better than any amount of talent. In the
case of this year's Kentucky Oaks Blind Luck proved talent is
something she has in spades. The Jerry Hollendorfer trained daughter
of Pollard's Vision continues to outrun her yearling purchase price.
In July of 2008 sh was purchased as a yearling for a mere $11,000,
her win in the Oaks gives her over $1.3 million in career earning.
Early in the race Blind Luck's win was
anything but assured as Rafael Bejarano dropped the 6/5 favorite to
the back of the pack. Up front D Wayne Lukas' Tidal Pool set the
early pace getting the opening quarter mile in a solid :23 4/5 before
an opening half mile in XXXX. Tidal Pool was stalked early by
Ailalea, Age of Humor, and Evening Jewel. Behind those Joanie's
Catch, Amen Hallelujah, It's Tea Time, and Champagne d'Oro were also
jockeying for position.
As the field hit the far turn Tidal
Pool, Ailalea, and Evening Jewel were together at the front, Blind
Luck was the only closer that really looked like she had a chance at
impacting the race, and that ended up being the case.
At the top of the stretch Evening Jewel
had emerged with the lead from Tidal Pool, but Blind Luck loomed
large circling the field and setting her sights on the leaders. In
the final eighth of the mile it was clear that Tidal Pool would do no
better than third as Kent Desormeaux desperately went to work on
Evening Jewel trying to hold off Rafael Bejarano and Blind Luck. It
came down to the final jump, and on the wire it was Blind Luck's nose
that crossed the wire inches in front of her rival. Tidal Pool held
third and Beautician picked up the pieces to grab fourth from a
Blind Luck is owned by John Carver and
Mark DeDomenico and is out of the Best of Luck mare Lucky One, she
was bred in Kentucky by Fairlawn Farm.