Well, sometimes lightning does strike twice.

Doesn’t happen often, but trainer Jerry Hollendorfer hopes it does with Cathy Crunches, a 2 year old filly.

He bought the horse after she won in her debut in June at Calder Race Course, in Miami.

Shakes of Blind Luck.

The triainer is hoping that Cathy Crunches is as good as Blind Luck, who developed into the nation’s most accomplished 3-year-old filly this year.

Cathy’s Crunches took another step in that direction Saturday at Golden Gate Fields, beating five male opponents in a 2 1/4-length victory in the $51,200 Golden Nugget Stakes.

But that isn’t all. Two weeks earlier, Cathy’s Crunches won the $50,900 Golden Gate Fields Debutante for 2-year-old fillies by 5 1/2 lengths.

Cathy’s Crunches tracked even-money favorite McKenzies Way until taking the lead leaving the turn of the 6-furlong race. Just as she put away McKenzies Way, Jerry’s Fever threatened to her outside.

After a brief skirmish, Cathy’s Crunches pulled away to finish in 1:09.54 – 0.61 faster than her time in the Golden Gate Debutante – for her fourth victory in six starts.

Hollendorfer said he wasn’t thinking about Blind Luck when he bought Cathy’s Crunches.

“She was just another horse that we liked, and she had good enough (speed) figures,” he said.


I’ll keep an eye on Cathy Crunches. And you should too.

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