By Dana Byerly, Hello Race Fans Co-founder
News emerged yesterday that Champion (and favorite of mine) Blind Luck would be entered in the Keeneland November Breeding Sale. While it wasn’t explicitly stated that she was being retired, it seems like a distinct possibility despite the fact that trainer Jerry Hollendorfer had expressed interest in running her next year. No confirmations have emerged from Hollendorfer or the other partners.
What makes Blind Luck so special, aside from her heart stopping, come from behind running style, was that she shipped everywhere and, with the exception of her last race, rose to every challenge, even if she didn’t always win. For those haven’t followed her campaign closely, here are a few highlights:
2010 Kentucky Oaks
2010 Alabama Stakes
2011 Delaware Handicap
Blind Luck Workout Helmet Cam
In her 22 starts she ran at 10 different tracks with four different jockeys and had 12 firsts, 7 seconds, 2 thirds and one off the board performance. Whatever happens to Blind Luck, I’m sure I’m not alone when I say that it was us who were the lucky ones.
A few other updates in the form of bullet points…
– Acclamation winner of five straight graded races and leading contender for the Breeders’ Cup Turf is out for the rest of the year with a foot problem.
– Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom and Wood Memorial winner Toby’s Corner start training again.
– Here Comes Frazier, who tried unsuccessfully to jump the fence in the Bourbon Stakes stretch drive, was diagnosed with a compound fracture and will have surgery.
– If you saw the PBS documentary Thoroughbred: Born to Run, you’ll be interested to know that the foal prominently featured throughout the film is entered in her first race this Friday!