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Breeders' Cup 2017

Hollendorfer on Blind Luck

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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Curlin was the iron horse of today. BL traveled x-country, Curlin did that and to other countries. He ran each race of the TC, with only 3 races of foundation. In 07 he raced at in six different states at six different tracks. The only time he ever stayed at one track for consecutive races was when he stayed at Oaklawn that year. In 08 he ran in two countries and on both coasts. His worse finish that year was a fourth, the worst in his career, but unbeaten over dirt. Racing 15 times in his career gives him an average of over 7 races per year. In 07, after the Arakansas Derby he ran exclusively in Grade ones. And did the same in 08 after the Jaguar Trophy, meaning 11 out of those 15 races were grade ones. He was an iron horse.
He made the right decision. She reached the age where she doesn't want to race. Time to breed her. I'm sure she will have beautiful winning babies.
I don't think its an understatement that she's the best "iron horse" since John Henry, as far as her high level of consistancy at the highest level of the sport. They won't be the biggest horses, but I hope she's able to pass along her will to win to her offspring.
BL raced 22 times in 27 months and, according to Randy Moss, traveled 40,000 miles. Would that create a burned out, tired horse?
Blind Luck, and Life at Ten, too, are two of the classiest fillies in racing. They should not be treated like "pieces of meat" and put up at auction. If they wanted to sell them, it should have been done in private sales, not at auction. I've lost total respect for all the connections of both horses. Period.
By what I read she is listed in the catalogue as a racing or broodmare prospect. So what he said makes no sense.
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  • buds · You guys need to quit your whining. If Hollendorfer thought that she could continue winning G1's AT NO RISK he probably would not be selling her. The same people bitchin that he is "turning his back on her," would be rakin this guy over the coals if he raced her and she turned up lame. Unless we know all of the story its pretty arrogant of us to cast judgement. · 2202 days ago
  • bay.area.backstretch · Nicely said Buds. · 2201 days ago
im glad she may be retired. She has proved enough. No need to push her...
I said it "appears", it was her last race. It is ownerships opinion that her racing days are over. If her buyers want to race her they will . What jerry said is what the current owners feel is best.

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