10/30/2010 3:53PM

Blind Luck bursting with energy


INGLEWOOD, Calif. – Blind Luck worked five furlongs in a minute at Hollywood Park on Saturday and it then seemed to take exercise rider Marco Ramirez another five furlongs to pull her up.

The nation’s leading 3-year-old filly, Blind Luck is bound for Friday’s Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic at Churchill Downs with recent workouts that have left trainer Jerry Hollendorfer more than satisfied.

“We’ve been blessed that she’s like that,” Hollendorfer said. “She finished really well.”

Hollendorfer timed Blind Luck in 1:00.66, galloping out six furlongs in 1:13.25.

Blind Luck was one of seven Breeders’ Cup hopefuls to work at Hollywood Park on Saturday. Zenyatta was the most prominent name on the list; she worked six furlongs in 1:11.80.

Hollendorfer also worked the 2-year-old filly Indian Gracey six furlongs in 1:11.40, the fastest of nine recorded works at the distance. Hollendorfer timed Indian Gracey much slower, five furlongs in 59.91 seconds and six furlongs in 1:12.38.

Third in the Grade 1 Oak Leaf Stakes at Hollywood Park on Oct.  3, Indian Gracey will be an outsider in Friday’s $2 million BC Juvenile Fillies, a race Hollendorfer is anxious to try in place of the $100,000 Sharp Cat Stakes at Hollywood Park on Nov. 7.

"It would probably be a smarter move but you don’t get that many opportunities to run for $2 million,” Hollendorfer said. “I think it’s worth taking a chance.”

Jaycito, the winner of the Grade 1 Norfolk Stakes here on Oct. 2, worked six furlongs in 1:13.40 under Mike Smith at approximately 5:45  a.m. Smith did not have another worker until Zenyatta at 9:55 a.m., and he reflected on Jaycito’s work before Zenyatta’s exercise.

“He’s coming around and he’s doing things that are great,” Smith said. “There is room to grow. I wouldn’t be surprised if he jumped up and ran really well.”

Jaycito is California’s leading contender for Saturday’s BC Juvenile.

Waveline will be an outsider in Saturday’s Turf Sprint, but she was the three-furlong star on Saturday, zipping through a workout in 35.40 seconds, the fastest of 11 works at the distance. A 5-year-old mare, Waveline will be seeking her first stakes win against open company in the Turf Sprint for trainer Ben Cecil.

Gabby’s Golden Gal, the winner of the Grade 1 Santa Monica Handicap at Santa Anita in January in her last start, breezed a half-mile in 46.80 seconds, the fastest of 29 works at the distance.

“She went out in 58 and change,” trainer Bob Baffert said of her five-furlong time. “She was breezing.”

Gabby’s Golden Gal has had a steady pattern of eight workouts every week since Sept. 10.

As of Saturday morning, Lt. Hopeful was stuck on the also-eligible list for the Turf Sprint and was not guaranteed a spot in the five-furlong race. Just in case a berth becomes available, Lt. Hopeful was given a five-furlong workout in 1:02.20 on Saturday. Trained by Janet Armstrong, Lt. Hopeful may be sent to Churchill Downs on Tuesday, with the hope that a berth becomes available, Armstrong said.