Monday, May 3, 2010
Blind Luck may target Mother Goose
By Steve Andersen
Daily Racing Form
INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Kentucky Oaks heroine Blind Luck may make her next start in the $250,000 Mother Goose Stakes at Belmont Park on June 26, trainer Jerry Hollendorfer said Sunday.
The Grade 1 Mother Goose is run at 1 1/16 miles for 3-year-old fillies and is considered one of the strongest early summer races in the division.
"That would be a possibility," Hollendorfer said.
Blind Luck was shipped from Kentucky to California on Sunday and will be based at Hollywood Park. Her win in the Kentucky Oaks last Friday solidified her status as the nation's leading 3-year-old filly. Earlier this year, Blind Luck won the Grade 1 Las Virgenes Stakes at Santa Anita and the Grade 2 Fantasy Stakes at Oaklawn Park.
Hollendorfer said the long-term goal for Blind Luck is a return to Churchill Downs for the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic on Nov. 5. He said he wants to keep her travel limited.
"She flew to Arkansas and flew back," he said. "She flew to Kentucky and flew back. You can't keep doing that and shipping them all over the place. We need to let her adapt to a schedule. We don't want to run her so much that she won't be good at the end of the year. I guess that means we won't run her every month."
Blind Luck will be based in Southern California throughout the year, Hollendorfer said.
"I wouldn't leave her on the road," he said. "I've learned all the lessons about that the hard way."
Another race that could be on Blind Luck's schedule is the $500,000 Alabama Stakes at Saratoga on Aug. 21.
Blind Luck rallied from last to win the Kentucky Oaks by a nose over Evening Jewel. Friday's victory was Hollendorfer's third win in the Kentucky Oaks and first since Pike Place Dancer in 1996.
Blind Luck is owned by Hollendorfer, Peter Abruzzo, John Carver, and Mark DeDomenico.