Recognizing a special filly with bold connections

The talk of the racing world this weekend is going to center around Zenyatta, Blame, and a few others but I see it as a great opportunity to recognize one of my favorite horses running and acknowledge her connections, true sportsmen in a game that sadly lacks them.   I won’t lie, I’ve made money betting Blind Luck.  I’ve also made money betting against her.  I won’t be betting the Cotillion tomorrow at Parx Racing (Philly Park) but there probably won’t be a horse I cheer for more than this daughter of Pollard’s Vision.

Tomorrow will mark Blind Luck’s 8th start of the year and presumably her penultimate of 2010.  It will also be her fifth trip outside of California with a 6th looming in about five weeks.  Now, she’s as much of a “California Gurl” as Katy Perry but this gal loves to travel and her connections are willing to let her do it.  Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer hasn’t missed a dance with her as she ventured to Oaklawn for a win in the Fantasy, Churchill for a win in the Kentucky Oaks, Delaware for a win in the Delaware Oaks, and Saratoga for a win in the Alabama.  She’s shown the same electrifying stretch kick along the way and her best attribute is undoubtedly her nose for the wire.   She has been a part of four photo finishes, getting the best of it each time.

Tomorrow in suburban Philadelphia she will face a rival who she’s bested in Delaware and Saratoga, Havre de Grace, and will give concede a whopping 10 pounds.  Did the weight assignment or the ship dissaude Hollendorfer?  Not in the least, he knows what he has with this special racehorse.  He told Mary Rampellini of the DRF, ““She’s just a special horse, she has a special way of doing things, and we’re not trying to change it.”  (Click here to read the full DRF story)

Like the rest of the female horses in the country, Blind Luck will benefit from the retirement of reigning Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra.  However, you almost feel as if it doesn’t matter because she would have been in her customary position at approximately 7:30 PM EDT on November 5 at Churchill Downs, rallying down the outside, her jockey clad in pink and her eyes shielded by a large pair of white blinkers.  And yes, you can bet her nose would find the right place as well.

Here’s to trainers like Jerry Hollendorfer and horses like Blind Luck.  They deserve our respect and admiration.

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