06/30/2010 11:00PM

Rosario picks up mount on Blind Luck

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Joel Rosario will ride City to City and will have the mount on Blind Luck for her next two starts, the trainer said. Blind Luck is being pointed to the $250,000 Delaware Oaks at Delaware Park on July 10, followed by the $500,000 Alabama Stakes at Saratoga on Aug. 21.

Blind Luck's regular rider, Rafael Bejarano, is booked to ride Rail Trip in the Hollywood Gold Cup on July 10 and the Hollendorfer-trained Tuscan Evening in the $750,000 Beverly D. Stakes at Arlington Park on Aug. 21.

Wednesday at Hollywood Park, Blind Luck worked six furlongs in 1:13.40. She will have another workout on Tuesday before being sent to Delaware Park on Wednesday.

Blind Luck has made one start at this meeting, finishing a fast-closing second in the Hollywood Oaks on June 6.

"She's really kept her weight and her coat," Hollendorfer said.

Bejarano fortunate to avoid serious injury

Bejarano was the leading rider at this meeting through Sunday with 59 wins, giving him a five-race lead over Rosario. Bejarano could just as easily be sidelined indefinitely.

Sunday, Bejarano escaped injury when he was unseated from the 2-year-old filly Wickedly Perfect when she became upset in the paddock. When that occurred, Bejarano had a foot become entangled in a loose rein and lost his balance, winding up on the ground and underneath the filly. Wickedly Perfect stepped on his mid-section and legs before Bejarano got back on the filly.

About 12 minutes later, Bejarano guided Wickedly Perfect to a win by 4 3/4 lengths in the five-furlong maiden race. Bejarano later complained of soreness but rode the remainder of his mounts, winning one more race.

Bejarano was aboard two horses during training hours on Monday, but took off Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, according to his agent, Joe Ferrer. He was booked to resume riding on Thursday.

Rail Trip works slowly

Rail Trip, the leading older male in California, breezed six furlongs in a slow 1:17.20 at Hollywood Park on Wednesday, his second-to-last workout before starting as the favorite in the Grade 1 Hollywood Gold Cup.

The workout time was a little slower than trainer Ron Ellis expected, although he said he was not looking for a quick time.

"I was looking for a slower work," Ellis said. "My rider thought the track was a little deeper. He was breezing and was real relaxed. He was finishing fine through the lane."

Ellis said Rail Trip will have his final workout before the Gold Cup on Monday or Tuesday. Owned by Mace and Samantha Siegel, Rail Trip has won 8 of 11 starts and $967,790. The winner of the 2009 Gold Cup, Rail Trip is unbeaten in two starts this year, both at Hollywood Park - the Mervyn LeRoy Handicap in May and the Californian Stakes in June.