Excited about Blind Luck-Havre de Grace showdown

I don’t know about you, but I’m eagerly awaiting Saturday’s matchup between 2010 champion filly Blind Luck against her rival, Havre de Grace, in the $750,000 Grade II Delaware Handicap at Delaware Park.

The two talented 4-year-old fillies have squared off five times previously, with Blind Luck getting the best of it three times. Their lone meeting this year came in the Azeri Stakes at Oaklawn Park in March, when Havre de Grace breezed to a 3 1/2-length victory.

Havre de Grace is unbeaten in three starts in 2011 and could become the leader in the Horse of the Year race with a victory in the Delaware Handicap, but it’s going to be tough. Havre de Grace (124 pounds) is spotting Blind Luck (122) weight, and whereas the Azeri Stakes was only 1 1/16 miles, the Delaware race is 1 1/4 miles, which is right up Blind Luck’s alley.

Blind Luck also has the services of the best money rider in the country, Garrett Gomez. Not to say Ramon Dominguez, who’ll be aboard Havre de Grace, is any slouch, but I’ll take Gomez in a big race like this one. It was only last November when he guided Blame to an upset victory over the previously undefeated Zenyatta in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Churchill Downs.

Havre de Grace, the 4-5 morning-line favorite, and 7-5 second choice Blind Luck figure to put on quite a show Saturday, and I can hardly wait.

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