07/09/2010 11:00PM

Blind Luck gets up by nose in Delaware Oaks

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Blind Luck wins a head bob over Havre de Grace in the Delaware Oaks. It was Blind Luck's first start over a sloppy track.

It wasn't easy, but Blind Luck just managed to get the job done as the heavy favorite in Saturday's Grade 2, $250,000 .

Coming from last down the backstretch and racing over a sloppy track for the first time in her 12-race career, Blind Luck ($2.60) won a head bob at the wire with locally based Havre de Grace to earn the sixth graded stakes victory of her career.

Derwin's Star, a sprinter who was claimed for $10,000 last November, wound up third after setting the pace in her first start beyond 6 1/2 furlongs. She was 1.25 lengths clear of No Such Word, the slight second choice in the field of seven 3-year-old fillies at 6-1.

With Southern California jockey Joel Rosario subbing for regular rider Rafael Bejarano, Blind Luck was kept 7 1/2 lengths off the early pace as Derwin's Star set fractions of 48.17 seconds and 1:12.54. Blind Luck began picking up horses while four-wide approaching the final turn, but still found herself needing to make up a 2 1/2-length deficit with a furlong remaining. Havre de Grace, second throughout the entire 1 1/16-mile race, overtook Derwin's Star inside the eighth pole to take a short lead, but was outdueled to the finish as Blind Luck just reached the wire first by a nose.

"It was close, but she got there," said Rosario. "She broke a slow and since the track was wet, so sometimes you have to take your time and let your horse settle. After I passed the three-eighths pole, I asked her, and she proved to be a nice filly, and she beat a nice filly."

Hollendorfer, who owns Blind Luck in partnership with Mark DeDomenico, John Carver, and Peter Abruzzo, said he was relieved his star filly managed to find a way to win after being so far back early.

"I honestly was hoping she would have been a little closer," Hollendorfer said. "You know the good ones just find a way to get there. I mean, she has been beaten before, but she is a very good filly and she just finds a way to there.

"We are very grateful and very thankful. Joel is a very strong rider and he is one of the strongest finishers in the country."

It was the second straight tough loss for Havre de Grace, who missed by a neck in her stakes debut last month in Delaware's Go For Wand Stakes.

Blind Luck, now 8 for 12 lifetime, completed the distance in 1:43.34, the identical time Proud Spell posted two years ago. Like Proud Spell, Blind Luck has also now won both the Kentucky Oaks and the Delaware Oaks.

Hollendorfer said he still intends to take Blind Luck to Saratoga for her next start in the Alabama on Aug. 21.

Trickmeister remains unbeaten by taking Barbaro

Trickmeister handled the stretch out from a pair of six-furlong sprints to 1 1/16 miles to win his stakes and two-turn debut in Saturday's $100,000 for 3-year-olds at Delaware Park.

Trickmeister ($5.60) is a son of Proud Citizen, who sired Proud Spell, the winner of the 2008 Delaware Oaks and Kentucky Oaks.

Ridden by Gabriel Saez, Trickmeister set modest fractions of 24.87 seconds, 49.87, and 1:14.42. He drifted in slightly with about a furlong remaining, but straightened out and finished 1 1/2 lengths clear of runner-up Not Abroad. The winning time over a sloppy track was 1:45.32.

"He went to the lead and I got him to relax, and when I asked him to go he really responded," said Saez. "I think this a nice horse. I am really happy with this horse and I think he has a bright future."

So does trainer Cindy Jones.

"I am predicting by the end of the year, he will be our big horse," said Jones, who trains Trickmeister for Brereton Jones and Timothy Thornton. "He is the real deal. He is not really fond of the slop, but he ran like a superstar on it. Plus, it was his first time going long, combined with the slop, is really impressive.

"He answered all those questions today. Things could not have gone any better. We are not sure where we will go next. We are just going to give a couple of days and then figure out where we should go."

Trickmeister is now 3 for 3 since making his career debut on May 25.

Not Abroad rallied to finish second for the fourth straight time, 2 1/4lengths ahead of Colizeo, the second choice in a field of seven at 9-5. He came into Barbaro after winning the Grade 3 Northern Dancer at Churchill Downs last month.

Pickapocket takes off-the-turf Sussex

Pickapocket ($7.20), capitalizing when the race was moved from the turf to a sloppy main track, pulled clear in deep stretch to win the $100,000 by 1 3/4 lengths.

Although he has raced on grass in all but two of his 29 lifetime starts, Pickapocket is now 2 for 2 in the slop. He won his other main track outing on the Kentucky Derby undercard, romping by five lengths in an off-the-turf third-level optional $80,000 claimer.

Bullsbay, winner of the Grade 1 Whitney at Saratoga last summer, edged out Nicanor, the pacesetter and 8-5 favorite in a field reduced to four by seven scratches, by a head for second. The winning time for 1 1/16 miles was 1:45.69.