Awesome ride, awesome race.
When are the powers that be in racing gonna screw their heads on straight and nominate trainer Jerry Hollendorfer to the Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame?
Blind Luck, from the Hollendorfer stable, stormed from last place to win the Grade 1, $500,000 Alabama Stakes on Saturday at Saratoga.
It was a great race. And he’s a great trainer.
If 5,726 career winners – fourth most ever – and more than $115 million in earnings by his horses – eighth most ever – aren’t enough, maybe this victory in the shadow of the Hall of Fame itself in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., will convince the skeptics.
Blind Luck’s win all but guaranteed her being named as the nation’s champion 3-year-old filly – the first such honor in Hollendorfer’s 31-year career.
“They tried to get me to declare her the champion, but I’m not going to do that,” Hollendorfer said.
He thinks if another filly wins the Breeder’s Cup, that horse will get the award.
Blind Luck has beaten all of the other top 3-year-old fillies on their home tracks.
In all of her races this year, Blind Luck has encountered slow paces that benefit the horses ahead of her. Even though Blind Luck was last in the field of six for most of the race, jockey Joel Rosario never let her fall more than 5 lengths from the lead.
She began her move midway on the second turn, and outgutted Havre de Grace to the wire to win by a neck in 2:03.89.
Devil May Care finished fourth.
Helluva race. And, like I said, she’s a helluva horse.