INGLEWOOD, Calif. (July 17, 2011) — Blind Luck, who rallied from last to win the Vanity Handicap June 18, was voted Horse of the Meet in the annual media poll as the 54-day Spring/Summer season concluded Sunday.
Owned by Peter Abruzzo, John Carver, Mark DeDomenico LLC and trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, the 4-year-old daughter of Pollard’s Vision defeated 3-2 favorite Switch by a half-length in the Grade I. This was the fourth consecutive year the Vanity winner was chosen Horse of the Meet. Zenyatta, who won the race an unprecedented three times in a row, was honored in 2008, 2009 and 2010.
Others receiving votes for Horse of the Meet were Hollywood Gold Cup winner First Dude and Acclamation, winner of the Jim Murray and Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicaps for a second consecutive year.
Blind Luck, who followed her Vanity victory with a narrow score over Havre de Grace in the $750,000 Delaware Handicap Saturday at Delaware Park, was also a unanimous choice as older female.
Other unanimous winners were First Dude, who defeated stablemate Game On Dude by a nose with favored Twirling Candy a neck back in third in a memorable Gold Cup, Willard L. Proctor Memorial and Hollywood Juvenile Championship winner Majestic City as 2-year-old and 2-year-old male and Cinderella and Landaluce Stakes heroine Killer Graves as 2-year-old filly.
Hollywood Oaks winner Zazu was selected 3-year-old filly while Dreamy Kid, who surprised Coil at 19-1 in the Swaps Stakes, was chosen 3-year-old and 3-year-old male.
In the closest race, the California bred Acclamation edged Shoemaker Mile winner Courageous Cat as turf horse.
Other thoroughbred winners were Triple Bend Handicap champion Smiling Tiger as sprinter, Wilshire Handicap and Gamely Stakes winner Dubawi Heights as turf female and Deluxe Bus, who went 3-for-3 for Little Red Feather Racing and La Vida Loca Racing Stable LLC and trainer Mike Mitchell, as claiming horse.
Both human winners were unanimous. Bob Baffert (trainer) and Joel Rosario, who continued his Hollywood Park roll with another riding title, as jockey. Rosario has won five of the last six local meets.
In winning his first title at a Spring/Summer season, Baffert finished with 36 victories, including a meet high eight stakes victories.
Rosario, who finished with 64 wins, seven more than runner-up Rafael Bejarano, was also tops with 11 stakes successes.
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