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A Champion’s Return in Sight - Blind Luck

While many of the soon to be champions of 2010 either have been retired or will come back a little later this year, it should come to no one’s surprise to see the name of Blind Luck emerge as the first one on the entry list for 2011. The now four-year-old daughter of Pollard’s Vision will eye a triumphant return to the races in Sunday’s Grade 2 El Encino at Santa Anita Park. It will be her first start since finishing second in the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic two months ago. In this age where our racing heroes are seldom challenged and lightly raced campaigns are the norm, Blind Luck marches on like the energizer bunny. Consider that the two month break from the Breeders’ Cup will represent the longest break the little filly in the pink silks has enjoyed since her career began with a 13 ¼ length score in a maiden claiming event at Calder on June 21, 2009.
Since then, Blind Luck has rattled off 14 more starts, with all but her second lifetime start coming in grade one or grade two stakes. Remarkably consistent, she has nine wins, four seconds, and two narrowly beaten thirds to show for her 15 starts. To say her late rally has proven as consistent as death and taxes, remains the truth. Despite the frequency of her racing against topnotch competition, it is the willingness to travel to major events that is perhaps most impressive. The El Encino will mark her ninth consecutive race without running twice in a row at the same place. In that nine race stretch, Blind Luck has visited seven different tracks all over the country, and she has shown zero ill effects from her arduous campaign.
Showing off her readiness for Sunday, the seven time graded stakes winner finished full of run in a seven furlong workout on Friday, stopping the timer in 1:25.20. With exercise rider Marco Ramirez in tow, she eagerly galloped out an extra furlong in 1:39. If the workout is any indication of her current fitness, it would be a surprise to see Blind Luck end up anywhere other than the Santa Anita winner’s circle. The victory would be timely for racing’s road warrior, as it would come 24 hours before she is named Champion three-year-old filly of 2010.
Her career is filled with highlights already, and below I display some of my favorites, but knowing her durability and class, I have a feeling there will be many more to come.


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I'm so excited Blind Luck has returned, she was the most impressive campaigner last year by far in terms of travel, competition and performance!
she should be going for her 3rd consecutive in 2011. IMO she was the champion filly in 09 and she proved it in the final race that year.
Choo Choo....the train keeps on rolling. Hoping for a big 4yo campaign with another eclipse award at year's end.
As nice a filly as she is, I believe her connections are also to be congratulated for giving her every opportunity to shine.
Blind Luck is truly awesome. She's the Little Engine that Could. She keeps on chugging and you can't ever count her out. Amazing that she's never finished off the board in 15 starts. Not many do that. Especially closers. Will be interesting to see how she handles older competition, but if the Distaff was any indication, it should be no problem for her. Kudos to Hollendorfer and her connections for racing her so competitively around the country!
Just wind her up and let her run! I really think she was a Horse of the Year candidate if she had won the Ladies Classic. Thanks for this and great choices on the race replays too!

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Brian has been a passionate fan of horse racing his entire life. Taken to the races at a very young age, he has been lucky enough to see all the greats in person from Secretariat, Forego, and Ruffian through Rachel Alexandra, Zenyatta, and American Pharoah. Before coming to the Nation, Brian displayed his love for the sport through the development of his horse racing website, which quickly became one of the most popular blogs in the game. 

The Editor of Horse Racing Nation from 2010-2017, Brian authored a daily column as Zipse at the Track, or ZATT for short, and added his editorial flare to the overall content of the website. Now a Senior Writer for HRN, Brian continues to contribute his thoughts on racing, as well as co-hosting the popular racing show, HorseCenter. A big supporter of thoroughbred aftercare, he serves as the President of The Exceller Fund.

Brian's work has also been published on several leading industry sites. He has consulted for leading contest site Derby Wars, is both a Hall of Fame and NTRA poll voter, and is a Vox Populi committee member. 

A horse owner and graduate of DePaul University, Brian lives just outside of Louisville with his wife Candice and daughter Kendra.


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