11/05/2009 12:00AM

Blind Luck one of many with a shot

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Barbara D. Livingston
Blind Luck won a starter allowance at Del Mar before finishing second in the Grade 1 Del Mar Debutante.

ARCADIA, Calif. - Bettors seeking a single for their multi-race wagers on Friday will have to look somewhere other than the $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies.

"If you're playing the pick six you got to go six or seven deep in there, there's no singles in there," said Bob Baffert, trainer of Juvenile Fillies contender Always a Princess. "Last year there was a single. I think we have a very good chance, but I don't take anything for granted."

Last year, Stardom Bound dominated the Juvenile Fillies to become the seventh straight favorite and 15th from 25 overall to win the Juvenile Fillies. This year, the favorite's role - albeit lukewarm - is likely to go to Blind Luck, who won the Grade 1 Oak Leaf over this track on Oct. 4 by 2 1/2 widening lengths. The last three times the Breeders' Cup was held at Santa Anita, the Oak Leaf winner has won the Juvenile Fillies.

"That is a positive statistic, but I'd just rather go on what she's been doing," said Jerry Hollendorfer, the trainer and part-owner of Blind Luck. "I'm going to be one of the favorites, if not the favorite. I think that should instill some confidence, and then the way she's been training and staying sound, I'm just very pleased to be in this race. I think we have a chance to win it."

Hollendorfer, along with Mark De Domenico and John Carver, purchased Blind Luck after her debut win at Calder in a $40,000 maiden claimer. She won a starter allowance at Del Mar before finishing second in the Grade 1 Del Mar Debutante. In the Oak Leaf, Blind Luck made an eye-catching stretch run after jockey Tyler Baze was able to get her off the rail and in the clear.

"She got down in behind horses, and on the rail she wanted to be a little bit anxious, but she settled right down and went right into stride," Hollendorfer said. "When she got an opening and got out, she did her running."

While top 2-year-old fillies Mi Sueno (injury) and Hot Dixie Chick are not in this field, there are plenty of challengers to Blind Luck.

She Be Wild brought an undefeated record to the Alcibiades, but after racing close to the pace and making the lead in midstretch, she was run down by Negligee, who is also in this field. Wayne Catalano, the trainer of She Be Wild, said he thought his filly ran a terrific race considering that most horses who raced close to the pace that day at Keeneland were nowhere to be found at the finish.

"If they knew what I knew abut her she'd be the favorite," said Catalano, who won the 2006 Juvenile Fillies with Dreaming of Anna. "The race was very good. If you look back, nobody who laid up close finished. [Garrett] Gomez had to move a little earlier than what he liked. All these things are a factor. She just excelled from that point, just got a little better. I wouldn't trade places with anybody."

With Gomez committed to Always a Princess, Julien Leparoux has picked up the mount on She Be Wild.

Negligee is yet another horse who debuted for a claiming price but is a major player in here. After finishing second in the Ontario Debutante, she was purchased by Sovereign Stable and turned over to trainer John Terranova. She came from off the pace to win the Alcibiades and trained here magnificently on Sunday.

Trainer Ken McPeek, who finished second in this race last year with Dream Empress, sends out both Beautician and Connie and Michael on Friday. Beautician, second to Hot Dixie Chick in the Spinaway, was a troubled fifth in the Alcibiades. Connie and Michael was a visually impressive debut winner at Keeneland going seven furlongs and now must stretch out in distance while trying winners for the first time.

Devil May Care is undefeated in two starts - including a head victory in the Grade 1 Frizette at Belmont - but will try a synthetic surface and two turns for the first time.

"I think she's top class," trainer Todd Pletcher said. "I think she's going to relish two turns. I think she has as good a chance as anybody assuming that she handles the surface."

Other possible factors in the race are Bickersons, third in the Oak Leaf; Biofuel, winner of the Mazarine at Woodbine, and Zilva, fourth in the Alcibiades. Ms Vanenzza and Champagne d'Oro are longshots.

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