08/22/2010 10:54AM

Blind Luck, Devil May Care may meet again in Cotillion

Barbara D. Livingston
Blind Luck (left) and Joel Rosario get up to defeat Havre de Grace by a neck in the Alabama.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Devil May Care, fourth as the favorite in Saturday’s Alabama may get another crack at the winner, Blind Luck, in the $750,000 Cotillion Stakes at Philadelphia Park on Oct. 2.

Todd Pletcher, the trainer of Devil May Care, and Jerry Hollendorfer, the trainer and part-owner of Blind Luck, both mentioned the Cotillion, a 1 1/16-mile race restricted to 3-year-old fillies, as possible next spots for 3-year-old fillies en route to the Breeders’ Cup.

Blind Luck took control of the 3-year-old division with a neck victory over Havre de Grace - the same filly she beat by a nose in last month’s Grade 2 Delaware Oaks - in the Grade 1 Alabama. It was Blind Luck’s third Grade 1 win of the year to go along with the Kentucky Oaks and Las Virgenes. She earned a preliminary Beyer Speed Figure of 100 for the race.

Hollendorfer stopped by the barn briefly Sunday morning, but could not really check in on his filly as a power outage shortly after 4 a.m. left the track and all the barns covered in darkness. That and a torrential rain storm kept Hollendorfer confined to his rental car outside the barn. He left just before 5:30 a.m. to catch a flight to return to California.

Before leaving, Hollendorfer said Blind Luck would return to Southern California on Monday, but that he would “look at” bringing her back to the Cotillion.

While Hollendorfer likes the six weeks from the Alabama to the Cotillion, he said the five weeks from the Cotillion to the Breeders’ Cup is “not ideal. I may keep looking,” he said.

But Hollendorfer’s desire to keep Blind Luck racing on dirt - a surface on which she is 4 for 4 – “is the reason for looking at the Philadelphia race,” he said.

Pletcher said he could nothing wrong physically with Devil May Care, who faded to fourth, beaten 4 3/4 lengths as the 3-4 favorite in the Alabama.
“Physically came back well, cooled out sound, scoped cleanly, seemed to be in good shape this morning,” Pletcher said Sunday. “She was just flat. Johnny [Velazquez] said turning up the backside she never really grabbed him. With those type of fractions you’d have anticipated she would have been dragging him up there. It’s frustrating because you feel like she didn’t run at all and she was only beaten 4 3/4 lengths. We’ll just have to regroup.”

Pletcher said the Cotillion is a “a strong possibility,” even if Blind Luck is in the field.

“I think we just have to manage our filly and hope she runs an improved race,” Pletcher said. “Obviously, the winner’s exceptional and the filly that was second [Havre de Grace] confirmed her form from the Delaware Oaks.”

Havre de Grace, who has now been beaten a nose and a neck by Blind Luck in two major stakes, will also be considered for the Cotillion, trainer Tony Dutrow said.

“It’s a very obvious race,” said Dutrow, who is based at Delaware Park. “A lot of money, in our own backyard, but I haven’t looked at options and I haven’t talked to [owner] Rick Porter. Can’t help but look forward to another try at Blind Luck, with all the respect in the world.”