Blind Luck Favored in Saturday's Vanity Handicap

Rob Gregorka

Las Vegas, NV -- Champion filly Blind Luck is the off track betting favorite in the $250,000 Vanity Handicap at Hollywood Park on Saturday. The Jerry Hollendorfer trained 4-year-old has won 10 of her 19 lifetime starts for more than $2.6 million dollars.

Blind Luck won last time out in the La Troienne Stakes at Churchill Downs on May 6 as she beat Unrivaled Belle. Blind Luck will carry the top weight of 123 pounds. This will be the fourth start for Blind Luck at a mile and an eighth and she won at that distance in the Kentucky Oaks last year. Blind Luck is being prepped for the $750,000 Delaware Handicap next month where she will run against Havre de Grace.

Even though Blind Luck is the favorite in horse betting, it will not be an easy race for her. Contenders on Saturday include Miss March, who won the Santa Margarita Invitational at Santa Anita, and St Trinians, who won last years Santa Maria Handicap at Santa Anita. Also very much in the picture is Switch, who won the Santa Monica Stakes at Santa Anita in January. The other two horses in Saturday's race are American Story and She's Cheeky.

This will be the fourth start for Blind Luck at a mile and an eighth and she won at that distance in the Kentucky Oaks last year.

Based on what trainer Jerry Hollendorfer has said, Blind Luck will be tough to beat on Saturday. 'I don't like to wave flags, but she's doing amazing,' Hollenderfer said. 'She's put on some weight and kept it on, even during the campaign. Her coat looks good. She has the same old attitude.'

If you are looking for another good omen for Blind Luck in Saturday's race, then you should know that Saturday is Hollendorfer's 65th birthday.

One of the main threats to Blind Luck in off-track betting will be Switch, who is trained by John Sadler. This is a big race for Switch as Sadler is trying to decide whether to keep running the horse in routes or switch to sprints.

If Switch does well in Saturday's race then she may be pointed to the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic in November which is run at a mile and an eighth. A poor performance in the Vanity Handicap may have the horse being pointed to the BC Filly and Mare Sprint instead. Switch has not raced since finishing second to Havre de Grace in the Grade 1 Apple Blossom Invitational in mid-April.

The Vanity Handicap is the eighth race on a nine-race card at Hollywood Park on Saturday.

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