No worries

August, 21, 2010
08/21/10
9:04
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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- They brought Blind Luck back to the Saratoga winner's circle under a smiling Joel Rosario, who had flown in from his place atop the jockey standings at Del Mar in Southern California to pick up his first win at Saratoga. Young Rosario posed atop the slender, deer-like filly and the two made quite a pretty picture with the filly's white blaze and quizzical ears pricked in the direction of the clicking cameras, another Alabama Stakes winner in the record books.

They presented Jerry Hollendorfer with a silver trophy almost as big as he was, and the trainer from Southern California said thank you very much, and it was great to win a race at Saratoga, and yes, sure, it seems like we have the top 3-year-old filly in the country right now. And then he breathed a great big sigh of relief.

You see, Jerry Hollendorfer had been worrying -- as Jerry Hollendorfer is wont to do. He watched horses win from on the lead and he watched closers struggle to make up ground and he thought of Blind Luck, his tenacious filly with the come-from-behind kick of a freight train. Then the horses left the starting gate in the Grade 1 Alabama and the game trainer began to worry even more.

Acting Happy crawled through fractions of :24.03, :49.45, 1:14.81. Blind Luck was at the back of the pack. Havre de Grace gained the lead off the far turn and kept it, herself a tenacious runner. Devil May Care began to get rolling. But the worry quickly disappeared from Hollendorfer's mind when Devil May Care faltered and Blind Luck hurtled down into the incredibly slow pace like she'd been shot from a cannon.

A runner like that will ease your worries, at least in the moments after a spectacular finish. The win by a neck in 2:03.89 gave Blind Luck her fifth victory at as many tracks -- Santa Anita, Oaklawn Park, Churchill Downs, Delaware Park, and Saratoga -- from seven starts this year. Three of those wins came by a nose. She is now a five-time Grade 1 winner, the mile and a quarter her longest score.

"She did all the work," Hollendorfer said, all worry gone from his radiant countenance. "I just get to train her. We've had a very consistent filly all year long. I'm very proud of the way she did it."

The trainer did not know where his runner would start next, but he outlined the plan -- one more start, then on to the Breeders' Cup World Championships. Six or seven weeks from now, Blind Luck will be running again.

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