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The 70th Running of Vanity Handicap (GI) - $250,000 Guaranteed

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Uploaded on Jun 18, 2011

Defeated by Switch in their only previous encounter at Hollywood Park in the 2010 Hollywood Oaks, Blind Luck turned the tables Saturday, winning the $250,000 Vanity Handicap by a half-length.
Last with less than an eighth of a mile to run in the Grade I, Blind Luck outkicked Switch and four other females for her second win in a row under jockey Garrett Gomez.
The 4-year-old Pollard's Vision filly out of the Best of Luck mare Lucky One had to overcome a stumbling beginning to win the La Troienne May 6 at Churchill Downs.
In her return to California, Blind Luck had to rally despite a very slow early pace. Swung to the outside early in the stretch, the chestnut was able to get up in a race where all were basically equal across the track approaching the wire.
Owned by Peter Abruzzo, John Carver, Mark DeDomenico LLC and trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, Blind Luck, the 9-5 second choice, completed the 1 1/8 miles in 1:50.89. Due to the pedestrian fractions set by American Lady (25.52, 50.24 and 1:14.56 for six furlongs), the final time figured to suffer.
It was the slowest of 60 Vanity renewals at nine furlongs, but there was nothing slow about the final eighth of a mile turned in by the winner. It was in the vicinity of 11.40 seconds.
Spotting Switch three pounds (123-120), Blind Luck, the race highweight, won for the 11th time in 20 starts. The sixth Grade I success of her career lifted her bankroll to $2,829,520. Blind Luck paid $5.60, $2.80 and $2.20. It was the first time she wasn't the favorite since she won the Alabama by a neck as the 9-5 second choice last Aug. 21 at Saratoga.

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