10/27/2010 4:31PM

Hollendorfer likes waiting game with Blind Luck

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Tom Keyser
Blind Luck (5), Rafael Bejerano up, wins the Kentucky Oaks.

It worked in the spring, and he is hoping it will work now. While many of the entrants in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic are already on the grounds at Churchill Downs, trainer Jerry Hollendorfer has kept Blind Luck in California, where she is completing her preparation at Hollywood Park. Hollendorfer did the same thing in the spring, shipping Blind Luck to Churchill Downs just days before the Kentucky Oaks. She won that race by a nose, one of three Grade 1 victories this year that have put Blind Luck atop the 3-year-old filly division.

"I like bringing them in right on top of the race," said Hollendorfer, who also is a co-owner of Blind Luck.

He has had plenty of practice. Though based in California, Blind Luck has been sent out of town for five of her eight starts this year, including three straight to the Eastern time zone.

In the Ladies' Classic, however, Blind Luck will be facing older runners for the first time. The field includes Life At Ten, who has won 5 times in 6 starts this year, twice capturing Grade 1 races, and Unrivaled Belle, who upset Rachel Alexandra in the La Troienne at Churchill Downs on April 30. Twelve were pre-entered in the Ladies' Classic, a 1 1/8-mile race that will be final BC race Nov. 5 on the first of two BC cards at Churchill Downs.

Trainer Todd Pletcher will have two horses in the race. He is sending out both Life At Ten, who comes off a win over Unrivaled Belle and Persistently in the Beldame Stakes, and Malibu Prayer, whose biggest win this year came in the Ruffian.

Life At Ten "is doing wonderfully," Pletcher said Wednesday on a national teleconference.

"I feel like she came out of the Beldame as well as she has all year," Pletcher said. "She's had a great year. This would be a tremendous way to finish it off."
Both Unrivaled Belle and Evening Jewel were also pre-entered in the Filly and Mare Sprint. Unrivaled Belle is expected to stay in the Ladies' Classic, her first choice, but Evening Jewel is more likely to run in the Filly and Mare Sprint, which was designated as her first choice.

The likely starting Ladies' Classic field, including jockeys where confirmed, is Acoma (Robby Albarado the rider), Acting Happy (Jose Lezcano), Blind Luck (Joel Rosario), Havre de Grace (Jeremy Rose), It's Tea Time, Life At Ten (John Velazquez), Malibu Prayer (Garrett Gomez), Milwaukee Appeal, Persistently (Alan Garcia), Seeking the Title (Calvin Borel), and Unrivaled Belle (Kent Desormeaux).