01/16/2011 8:54PM

Santa Anita: No luck for Blind Luck


Blind Luck could only finish second to Always a Princess in Sunday's Grade 2 El Encino Stakes, but she ran better than looked.

Two-turn races at Santa Anita this winter have favored horses racing on or near the lead. Blind Luck is a closer who comes from far back, and that was too much to overcome in the El Encino over 1 1-16 miles. She was last of five after six furlongs, trailing by more than nine lengths, and was beaten 3 1-2 lengths by Always a Princess.

In addition, Blind Luck has not been as strong over 1 1-16 miles since last spring as she was over longer distances during the second half of the year. Over 1 1-16 miles, she was second in the Hollywood Oaks last June, won the Delaware Oaks in July, and was second in the Cotillion Stakes at Philadelphia Park in October. In August, Blind Luck won the Alabama Stakes over 1 1-4 miles at Saratoga. In her final start of 2010, Blind Luck finished second to Unrivalled Belle in the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic over 1 1-8 miles at Churchill Downs on Nov. 5.

After Sunday's race, trainer Jerry Hollendorfer was frustrated at the result, and the way the track has played over two turns at Santa Anita since the meeting began on Dec. 26. He even hinted that Blind Luck could make her next start this winter or spring at another track, but did not offer specifics.