05/02/2010 11:00PM

Blind Luck may target Mother Goose


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Kentucky Oaks heroine Blind Luck may make her next start in the $250,000 Mother Goose Stakes at Belmont Park on June 26, trainer Jerry Hollendorfer said Sunday.

The Grade 1 Mother Goose is run at 1 1/16 miles for 3-year-old fillies and is considered one of the strongest early summer races in the division.

"That would be a possibility," Hollendorfer said.

Blind Luck was shipped from Kentucky to California on Sunday and will be based at Hollywood Park. Her win in the Kentucky Oaks last Friday solidified her status as the nation's leading 3-year-old filly. Earlier this year, Blind Luck won the Grade 1 Las Virgenes Stakes at Santa Anita and the Grade 2 Fantasy Stakes at Oaklawn Park.

Hollendorfer said the long-term goal for Blind Luck is a return to Churchill Downs for the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic on Nov. 5. He said he wants to keep her travel limited.

"She flew to Arkansas and flew back," he said. "She flew to Kentucky and flew back. You can't keep doing that and shipping them all over the place. We need to let her adapt to a schedule. We don't want to run her so much that she won't be good at the end of the year. I guess that means we won't run her every month."

Blind Luck will be based in Southern California throughout the year, Hollendorfer said.

"I wouldn't leave her on the road," he said. "I've learned all the lessons about that the hard way."

Another race that could be on Blind Luck's schedule is the $500,000 Alabama Stakes at Saratoga on Aug. 21.

Blind Luck rallied from last to win the Kentucky Oaks by a nose over Evening Jewel. Friday's victory was Hollendorfer's third win in the Kentucky Oaks and first since Pike Place Dancer in 1996.

Blind Luck is owned by Hollendorfer, Peter Abruzzo, John Carver, and Mark DeDomenico.

The Pamplemousse resumes training

The Pamplemousse, winner of two stakes for 3-year-olds in the winter of 2009, will resume jogging this week after recovering from a tendon injury, co-owner Alex Solis II said.

The Pamplemousse was taken out of training in late March 2009, days before an expected start in the Santa Anita Derby. He was found to have a lesion on a tendon. Solis said Sunday that The Pamplemousse recently underwent tests that showed the 4-year-old could resume exercise with trainer Julio Canani.

"It would be nice to have him ready to race at Del Mar," said Solis, the son of the jockey.

Evening Jewel plans turf campaign

Evening Jewel will have a turf campaign this summer.

Trainer Jim Cassidy has selected the $150,000 Honeymoon Handicap over 1 1/8 miles on turf on May 31 and the $250,000 American Oaks over 1 1/4 miles on July 3 as goals for Evening Jewel.

"She'll run on anything," Cassidy said. "She acts like she's superior on the grass, but I don't know how she could run any better."

Owned by Tom and Marilyn Braly, Evening Jewel won the Grade 1 Ashland Stakes at Keeneland last month before the narrow loss in the Kentucky Oaks.

"You've got to be proud of her," Cassidy said. "I saw her on Saturday morning, and she acted like she hadn't run. She didn't act like she was knocked out. After the Ashland Stakes, she was pretty knocked out."

The American Oaks is the long-term goal for Cozi Rosie, who won her first stakes in Sunday's Grade 3 Senorita Stakes over a mile on turf.

Tuscan Evening works for Gamely

Hollendorfer also has the leading older turf female in California in Tuscan Evening, winner of four stakes at Santa Anita earlier this year. On Sunday, Tuscan Evening worked five furlongs on turf in 1:01.40. She will make her next start in the $250,000 Gamely Stakes over 1 1/8 miles on turf on May 29.

The field for that Grade 1 race will likely include the upstart Medaglia d'Amour, who won her stakes debut in her fourth start on Saturday in the Grade 3 Wilshire Handicap. Medaglia d'Amour stalked the pace and won by 1 1/4 lengths over 2-1 favorite Cat by the Tale.

Trainer Ben Cecil considered a start against Tuscan Evening in the Grade 2 Santa Barbara Handicap at Santa Anita in April, but skipped the race when Medaglia d'Amour developed a warm foot. Even though Saturday's race was over a mile, Cecil has confidence that Medaglia d'Amour can be effective in longer races.

"I think she can go farther," he said. "She won't have any trouble getting a mile and a quarter down the road."

Owned by Zillah Reddam, the wife of owner Paul Reddam, and Kristy Cecil, trainer Ben Cecil's wife, Medaglia d'Amour has won 3 of 4 starts and $112,200.