Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer said Saturday morning at Del Mar that his champion 4-year-old filly Blind Luck will stay home and possibily run in the $1 million Pacific Classic on Aug. 28. She could also wait and race next in the Lady’s Secret Stakes on Oct. 1 during Santa Anita’s autum meet.
“We’re not going to New York (Personal Ensign Stakes),” Hollendorfer said. “We’re not going to New Jersey (Molly Pitcher). If we run anywhere, it will be here.”
The Classic’s 1 1/4-mile distance on Polytrack would seem to be right up Blind Luck’s alley. She’s unbeaten at the distance in two tries and has been training well over the surface since returning from a narrow victory over Havre de Grace in the Delaware Handicap on July 16.
If she goes, it would be the first career start against males for Blind Luck, who’s embroiled in a tight Horse of the Year race that also includes Havre de Grace and Tizway among others. The Pollard’s Vision filly has never been out of the money in 21 starts, scoring 12 victories and compiling earnings of $3,279,520.
Havre de Grace will be making her next start against males in the Woodward Stakes at Saratoga on Sept. 3.
Only two fillies have run in the Pacific Classic in the race’s first 20 runnings — Paseana in 1992 and Island Fashion in 2005 — and both finished off the board.
Hollendorfer said Blind Luck’s next major workout will come Tuesday or Wednesday and that the filly will not run in the Pacific Classic unless everything is perfect.
In other Del Mar news:
* The Pacific Classic drew 18 nominations and could include a full field of 14 for the first time since 2002 when post positions are drawn Wednesday night.
Considered probables for the Pacific Classic are Achak (Tyler Baze), Blind Luck (Garrett Gomez), Caracortado (Joe Talamo), Don Cavallo (Luis Contreras), Game On Dude (Chantal Sutherland), Jeranimo (no rider), Setsuko (Victor Espinoza), Stately Victor (no rider), Tres Borrachos (Rafael Bejarano) and Victory Pete (no rider).
Possibles for the Pacific Classic include Acclammation, Bourbon Bay, Make Music For Me and Quindici Man.
* Hollendorfer, six victories away from 6,000, blanked with two horses at Del Mar on Friday and three at Golden Gate Fields.
He’s got two entered today at Del Mar and two more at Golden Gate.
* Jockey Tyler Baze is in the middle of three excused days from riding because of a bruised tailbone. Baze was unseated by his mount, You Little Devil, before last Sunday’s 10th race.
You Little Devil ran off and was scratched from the race. Baze’s X-rays were negative.
* Rosario went into Saturday’s 10-race card leading Talamo by one victory, 26-25, in the race for the riding title. Bejarano had 24 victories and Gomez was next with 23.
* In the trainers’ race, John Sadler led Mike Mitchell, 13-12, with Doug O’Neill and Peter Miller tied for third with eight victories apiece.
* Kicken Off, a 4-year-old filly trained by Julio Canani who clipped heels with another horse in Wednesday’s third race on the grass with Martin Pedroza aboard and went down, had to be euthanized Saturday.
It was believed Kicken Off would be OK after the mishap, but she was laying down in her stall Saturday morning and would not get up, prompting the decision to euthanize the horse.
Further tests will be done to determine what happened to the filly.