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Sunday, July 17, 2011


Blind Luck wins Delaware Handicap by nose over Havre de Grace


Wilmington, Del., July 16, 2011 — It was a thrilling stretch battle to the end, and in the end Blind Luck had her nose in front of Havre de Grace on the wire in the Grade II Delaware Handicap at Delaware Park. Mark DeDomenico, John Carver, Peter Abruzzo and Jerry Hollendorfer’s Blind Luck, the 3-year-old filly champion of 2010, earned a spot in the Breeder’s Cup Ladies Classic, to be run at Churchill Downs on November 4, as the filly and mare classic is a “Win and You’re In” Breeders’ Cup Challenge race.


Blind Luck, ridden by Garrett Gomez, returned $4.20 as the second choice in the field of five and the 4-year-old daughter of Pollard’s Vision covered the mile and a quarter over a fast main track in 2:01.28. Havre de Grace, the 3-to-5 favorite with Ramon Dominguez, finished 18 1/2–lengths in front of Life At Ten, with David Cohen, who set early fractions of :47.74 for the half-mile and 1:12.53 for the three-quarters mile.

“This is a total grudge match,” said winning jockey Garrett Gomez. “These two fillies butt heads and when they get together it is a grudge match, so they got a good little rivalry going. They are both nice fillies and they both ran tremendous races. I think this really cool for the sport.”

Winning trainer Jerry Hollendorfer was confident in his filly's chances.

“I always have confidence that I think she is going to do it,” said winning trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. “There are always moments in the race when you do not know, but once they hit the far turn, I thought there was a good chance she would win. I do not think you can be surprised and we have the up most respect for Larry Jones and his filly. We have hooked up six times and each time it has been exciting. We have come out well a couple times and we have been beaten a couple of times, but that is okay because it is not supposed to be easy.”

The week before the race, trainer J. Larry Jones did not think his filly Havre de Grace should have been the high weight at 124 pounds with Blind Luck being assigned 122 pounds.

“Tell me two pounds does not make a difference,” said trainer J. Larry Jones. “She won six Grade I’s versus our one and we are the high weight - that makes a lot of sense. I probably should not have run.”

Havre de Grace may have finished second, but she battled until the finish.

“We had a great trip,” said jockey Ramon Dominguez aboard Havre de Grace. “My horse dragged me to the front and turning for home she gave me all she had and she really kept on digging. It was just a head bob and the other filly got up just in time. But my filly tried very hard.”




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