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Breeders' Cup 2017

Blind Luck vs. Havre de Grace in Personal Ensign?

One of the most compelling rivalries in sports could see its next chapter unfold at Saratoga on August 28 in the 62nd running of the Grade 1, $300,000 Personal Ensign for fillies and mares.


The 1 ¼-mile race remains under serious consideration for both Blind Luck and Havre de Grace, who have split decisions in their two meetings this year.


Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, who will be inducted into racing’s Hall of Fame on Friday, said the Personal Ensign remains very much on the radar for Blind Luck, who last year defeated Havre de Grace by a neck in Saratoga’s Grade 1 Alabama.


Overall, the two have meet six times, with Blind Luck also victorious in the 2010 Delaware Oaks and a thrilling edition of the Grade 2 Delaware Handicap on July 16, and Havre de Grace triumphant in the 2010 Grade 2 Fitz-Cotillion at Parx Racing and the Grade 3 Azeri at Oaklawn Park on March 19.


In their other meeting, Blind Luck and Havre de Grace finished second and third, respectively, behind Unrivaled Belle in the 2010 Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic.


“The Personal Ensign was always on the table, but I am also looking real hard at the Pacific Classic on the same day [at Del Mar],” said Hollendorfer, who is scheduled to arrive in Saratoga on Thursday. “We haven’t made a decision, and there’s no timetable because we’re still a ways out from the 28th. It’s easy to plan your workout schedule when the races are on the same day.”


Blind Luck, 12-7-2 from 21 starts, returned from the Delaware Handicap to breeze five furlongs in 1:00.40 at Del Mar on August 5.


Meanwhile, owner Rick Porter said he and trainer Larry Jones are leaning toward the Personal Ensign, rather than the Grade 1 Woodward against older males a week later, as the next start for Havre de Grace.


“Right now, we are leaning heavily toward the Personal Ensign,” said Porter. “There are a couple of things that could change that, one being if there were a lot of defections by Whitney horses from the Woodward. But I would say we are 85 percent to run in the Personal Ensign.”


On Monday, Havre de Grace, who is 6-4-2 from 12 starts, worked five furlongs at Delaware Park in 1:00.00.



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I agree with TimSmith. They have already met each other six times. It is time to see them go against the boys. What's to lose? The older male division is very lackluster (again) this year. Might as well try. It will add even more excitement come Breederscup.
Put em in with the males so we can see just how good these males are. I think either BL or HDG will take em.
I respectfully disagree. Why not have them run vs the males? B.L HDG vs Shackleford coil Tizway. To really see who is the best of the best . We all know they are better than all the fillies so why watch it again and again?
This rivalry is great for the sport, and exciting to watch from a fan perspective. I'd rather see them going head-to-head in a female race than add in the dimension of males. Much better this way to see how they keep doing against each other.
Both should not enter another female race for the rest of the year. They are the two best horses so why face females again?

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