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Havre de Grace, Blind Luck Work

Blind Luck and Harve De Grace in the Delaware Oaks

Fox Hill Farms’ star 4-year-old filly Havre de Grace worked five furlongs in 59.60 on Wednesday morning at Delaware Park under jockey Gabe Saez in preparation for a run either in the Grade 1, $300,000 Personal Ensign on August 28 or the Grade 1, $750,000 Woodward against males on September 3.


“Everything went real good,” said trainer Larry Jones. “We’re not trying to do anything super special with her. She’s getting really antsy. She does it so easy, Gabe says it felt like she went so slow. She’s doing really well.”


Owner Rick Porter said Wednesday that he is leaning toward running Havre de Grace, second last out to her arch rival Blind Luck in the Grade 2 Delaware Handicap, in the Woodward and hopes trainer Jerry Hollendorfer would consider meeting her there with his filly.


“I want to take the boys on now instead of [at Belmont Park ] in the Jockey Club Gold Cup, but if I don’t like who’s coming to the Woodward, I’d run in the Personal Ensign whether Blind Luck comes or not,” Porter said. “I’m just sitting, waiting to see who goes where. I’d love to see Blind Luck come to the Woodward. I’ve invited her several times on my website. It would be great for racing and great for Saratoga .”


Meantime, Blind Luck worked six furlongs at Del Mar in 1:13.40 for newly minted Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, who said, “She went fine.”


Hollendorfer has yet to pick out a next race for Blind Luck and has been considering the Personal Ensign as well as the Grade 1 Pacific Classic at Del Mar against males. He said that Porter’s overtures would have no bearing on his ultimate decision.


Likely for the 1 ¼-mile Personal Ensign are Grade 1 Ruffian winner Ask the Moon and runner-up Super Espresso, along with Grade 3 Arlington Matron winner Pachattack. Acronym, Payton d’Oro and Tiz Miz Sue are questionable, according to NYRA stakes coordinator Andrew Byrnes.



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Older Comments about Havre de Grace, Blind Luck Work...

1 1/8 HDG - 1 1/4 BL
not much separates the two so it would not be a surprise
I have a feeling HDG will win the next meeting between these two!

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