Champion Blind Luck has been retired, but Hall of Fame
trainer Jerry Hollendorfer has plenty to look forward to with his young stock.
Hollendorfer hopes to start the Hollywood Park Autumn meet off with a bang this
weekend with 2-year-olds Rousing Sermon in the $100,000 Real Quiet Stakes
Saturday and Killer Graces in the $100,000 Sharp Cat Stakes for fillies Sunday.
Both races are 1 1/16 miles on Cushion Track.
Hollendorfer hopes that Rousing Sermon, winner of the
California Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita in his last start October 29, continues
in his stakes-winning form and that Killer Graces regains the form that enabled
her to win the Cinderella and Landaluce stakes here this summer.
“We felt Killer Graces really didn’t like the track at Del
Mar,” said assistant and exercise rider Tessa Bisha Thursday in reference to
disappointing showings in the Sorrento Stakes and Del Mar Debutante. “She
stumbled out of the gate in the Sorrento
and didn’t show the same drive down there,” said Bisha. “She is back on a
surface that she enjoys the best. And being by Congaree, she has always shown a
style to run from off the pace and should like the distance.”
Rousing Sermon, who broke his maiden at first asking here in
June, rallied to win the Cal Cup Juvenile by 2 ¼ lengths going away at 1 1/16
miles. “He came out of that race with a lot of energy,” said Bisha. “It didn’t
seem to take much out of him. He has no speed. He just lays back and finishes
Rousing Sermon will carry high weight of 123 pounds as he
tries to follow in the footsteps of Chocolate Candy, who won the 2008 Real
Quiet for Hollendorfer.
Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert also has contenders in the
two races. He will send out Liaison, a facile maiden winner in his last start
at Santa Anita, in the Real Quiet; and Lady Pecan, fourth-place finisher in the
Anoakia Stakes, in the Sharp Cat.