All systems seemed go for 4-year-old filly champion Blind Luck on October 1st, when she lined up for the running of the Grade 1 Lady’s Secret Stakes at Santa Anita.
Soon after the break she took her customary position far behind the pack, like she had done so many times before. In her previous 21 starts, the daughter of Pollards Vision rallied to hit the board all 21 times winning 12 of them.
But on this day, there would be no rally.
The even money favorite trailed the field into the stretch and eased the final 1/8 of a mile. There was no electrifying stretch run that made her loved my millions. Now, it appears, it was the last time she would enter starting gate.
A few days after her seventh place finish, trainer and part owner Jerry Hollendorfer announced that Blind luck would be sold as a broodmare at the Nov. 7th Keeneland breeding stock sale.
“We felt the best thing for her career as a broodmare was to not race her anymore,” Hollendorfer said Wednesday. “We (the ownership) asked for advice from people and then came to a unanimous decision. We want to do what’s right by her so she can produce some world champions.”
Examinations after her poor showing in the Lady’s Secret revealed no reasons for her performance. So the race ends a career that saw her win 10 stakes races, including six Grade 1’s and puts and end to her famous races against Havre de Grace. In her 12 victories, she earned 3.2 million.
So just months after being inducted in the racing hall of fame and winning his 6,000th race, Hollendorfer faces the down side of thoroughbred racing. He admits losing Blind Luck, will be tough to do.
“It’s a let down for the barn,” he said. “ But I need to make sure to keep everyone on an even keel. She meant everything to me. She was a good reason to get up in the morning. But I’m always focused and will stay that way. If you can’t take the down times with the good times, you shouldn’t be in this business.”
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