INGLEWOOD, Calif. (August 19, 2010)—Blind Luck, who capped her 2-year-old season with an easy win in the Hollywood Starlet last December, will try to do Saturday at Saratoga something no other Starlet heroine has ever done.
The daughter of Pollard’s Vision, who has four graded stakes victories in 2010, will look for a win in the $500,000 Betfair/TVG Alabama, a Grade I at 1 ¼ miles.
One of three fillies to win both the Starlet and the Kentucky Oaks – joining Goodbye Halo and Sardula – Blind Luck will have five opponents in the Alabama, which is being run for the 130th time.
The most notable rival for Blind Luck, who is owned by Peter Abruzzo, John Carver, Mark DeDomenico and trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, is Devil May Care.
Trained by Todd Pletcher for Glencrest Farm, Devil May Care has won back-to-back Grade I’s. The Malibu Moon filly took the Mother Goose on June 26 at Belmont Park, then repeated in the Coaching Club American Oaks. The latter victory was her second in as many starts at Saratoga.
A winner of five of eight with earnings of $699,000, Devil May Care will be ridden by John Velazquez.
Blind Luck, who won the Delaware Oaks by a nose over a sloppy track on July 10 at Delaware Park, will be ridden by Joel Rosario. She has eight wins in 12 tries and has banked $1,578,712.
From the inside out, the field for the Alabama: Acting Happy, Jose Lezcano rides, 121 pounds; Devil May Care, John Velazquez, 121; Tizahit, Edgar Prado, 121; Blind Luck, Joel Rosario, 121; Connie and Michael, Rajiv Maragh, 121 and Havre de Grace, Jeremy Rose, 121.
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