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Breeders' Cup 2017

Blind Luck, Havre De Grace Renew Rivalry in Azeri

Blind Luck flees the Santa Anita speed highway and runs into Havre De Grace for the fifth time in Saturday's Azeri (G3) Stakes at Oaklawn Park.

The two consistent fillies first clashed in last year's Delaware Oaks (G2) with Blind Luck getting up by a nose. The Hollendorfer trainee necked her arch rival in the Alabama (G1) at Saratoga and Havre De Grace turned the tables in the Cotillion (G2) at Parx Racing. They ended the year running 2-3 in the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic with Blind Luck finishing in front of her nemesis for the third time.

Blind Luck has not won since the aforementioned Alabama and brings a string of four runner-up efforts into Saturday's race. Garrett Gomez hops aboard the late running threat and ships to Arkansas in hopes of finding pace help and a fair racing surface. 

Havre De Grace makes her first start of the year and is training well for her new trainer larry Jones. She owns fine tactical speed and Dominguez hops aboard the fresh threat.

Tidal Pool exits a romping local optional claiming flat mile victory and she placed in a trio of graded routes for Wayne Lukas last year. A ground saving tactical trip under Terry Thompson is anticipated.

Lukas also saddles Absinthe Minded and the sharp daughter of Quiet American has rolled in two straight. She clearly does her best work at Oaklawn and is probably the one to catch under Calvin Borel.

Spacy Tracy makes her first start since November for Tony Dutrow, the former trainer of Havre De Grace. The grade two winner goes for her fourth win in a row but found a salty return spot. 

Kimber Lily has rattled off three straight against lesser. She gets a severe class test today and is probably up against it.

Shotgun Gulch completes the seven horse field. She landed the show behind Switch in the La Brea (G1) in December and seems best in sprints.

The Azeri Stakes is the ninth race on the Oaklawn Park program and the eight and one-half furlong event shares top billing with the Rebel Stakes (G2). 


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Switch,Life at ten, Blind luck, Havre degrace,miss match lots of nice fillies!!
Oaklawn is so deep Saturday, I've nearly forgotten we get to see these two matched up again. Love both of these fillies, but I think I'll go with Havre de Grace.
The trainer change, the jockey change, is all the difference and when Dominguez asks Gracie to go in the stretch its going to be game set and match each and every time they meet. Nothing against Dutrow but this filly struggled to get 9 strong furlongs. LJones will have this filly ready and willing to go 10f easy with that Saint Liam Pedigree as the stamina influence. Just wait until you see her on the track Saturday, she's a monster, and will win by daylight.
It will be an incredible race with all this tough filly talent and any one could surprise, but I'm hoping that Blind Luck will come through with her big racing heart and tenacity!

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