07/10/2011 2:51PM

Blind Luck, Havre de Grace will renew rivalry in Delaware Handicap

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Blind Luck, second behind Havre de Grace in last fall's Cotillion at Parx Racing, will meet her arch-rival for the sixth time in Saturday's Delaware Handicap.

Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer on Sunday confirmed Blind Luck as a starter for Saturday’s $750,000 Delaware Handicap, renewing that filly’s rivalry with Havre de Grace.

The two powerhouse fillies have met five previous times with Blind Luck winning the Delaware Oaks and the Alabama last year and Havre de Grace winning last year’s Fitz Dixon Cotillion and this year’s Azeri at Oaklawn Park. In last year’s Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic, Blind Luck finished second and Havre de Grace was third, behind Unrivaled Belle.

Hollendorfer wanted to see the weight assignments before committing Blind Luck to the Del Cap. Blind Luck was assigned 122 pounds, two less than Havre de Grace, who got 124 from racing secretary Pat Pope.

 “I thought she should get some weight from Havre de Grace,’’ Hollendorfer said. “I wasn’t going to run if they put me at equal weights or gave me a pound. They gave us two pounds. We’re coming into her backyard.’’

Hollendorfer said Blind Luck, who is coming off wins in the La Troienne at Churchill and the Grade 1 Vanity at Hollywood Park, would work at Hollywood Park on Tuesday and ship cross-country on Wednesday.

Havre de Grace, who is 3 for 3 this year, including a victory in the Grade 1 Apple Blossom, is expected to have her final workout on Monday at Delaware where she is based.

Meanwhile, trainer Todd Pletcher said Sunday he is “leaning toward’’ running defending Delaware Handicap winner Life At Ten against those two on Saturday. Pletcher said he was pleased with Life At Ten’s five-furlong workout in 1:00.66 Sunday morning over the Belmont Park main track. Life At Ten worked in company with Belmont Stakes runner-up Stay Thirsty.

Life At Ten was assigned 115 pounds.

 “Obviously, it’s a very tough race, but she gets a little bit of a weight concession over a surface she’s won on before,’’ Pletcher said.

 Life At Ten is winless in three starts this year, including a fourth-place finish in the Allaire DuPont Distaff at Pimlico in May and a third in the Grade 1 Ogden Phipps last month at Belmont. Pletcher said he has been frustrated at how poorly Life At Ten has run considering how well he believes she has been training.

 “She works like she did this morning every time,’’ Pletcher said. “It’s frustrating she doesn’t run as well as she’s trained. She’s an older mare and maybe it’s going to take a little while to round back into form. She continues to please us in the mornings so all we know to do is keep trying.’’

David Cohen will ride Life At Ten on Saturday.