Blind Luck Takes On St Trinians, Switch In Vanity Handicap

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Posted 06.15.11 at 1:57

St Trinians crossed the finish line first but was disqualified and placed fourth in the Milady Handicap on May 21. © Benoit Photo Switch, right, holds off Blind Luck to win the 2010 Hollywood Oaks. © Benoit Photo

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (June 15, 2011)—Blind Luck, St Trinians and Switch, who have combined to win 12 graded stakes, are among six fillies and mares entered in the $250,000 Vanity Handicap Saturday at Hollywood Park.

A Grade I at 1 1/8 miles on Cushion Track, the Vanity will go as the eighth race. Post time Saturday is 1 p.m. The nine race card also includes the $70,000 Manhattan Beach Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at six furlongs on turf. The Manhattan Beach is the seventh.

Blind Luck, who earned the eighth graded victory of her brilliant career when winning the La Troienne despite a stumbling start May 6 at Churchill Downs, will be trying to make a bit of history Saturday.

The 4-year-old Pollard’s Vision filly out of the Best of Luck mare Lucky One will be seeking to become only the third female to win both the Hollywood Starlet and the Vanity. If successful, the Kentucky bred would join Hollywood Story and Splendid Blended.

Owned by Peter Abruzzo, John Carver, Mark DeDomenico LLC and trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, Blind Luck, who ended a five race losing streak in the La Troienne, has won 10 of 19, earning $2,679,520.

“She’s been doing great since she came back from Kentucky,’’ said Hollendorfer, who will turn 65 Saturday. “I think a mile and an eighth is a good distance for her.’’

An extremely game runner-up when Zenyatta won her record third Vanity last June 13, St Trinians is shooting for her second graded win for owners Daniel Capen and Laura Chavers and trainer Mike Mitchell.

Disqualified out of a victory in the Milady Handicap May 21, St Trinians is winless since taking the 2010 Santa Maria Handicap at Santa Anita more than 16 months ago. A 6-year-old English bred daughter of Piccolo and the Classic Cliché mare Cherrycombe-Row, St Trinians has seven wins in 16 attempts and has earned $353,587.

St Trinians would become only the second female to win the Vanity a year after finishing second. Bewitch was the runner-up to Next Move in 1959 before winning in 1960 for Calumet Farm.

Switch, who defeated Blind Luck by 1 ¼ lengths in the 2010 Hollywood Oaks, has not been worse than second in four races over Cushion Track, winning twice for owners Lee and Susan Searing’s C R K Stable.

Trained by John Sadler, the 4-year-old Quiet American filly out of the Nicholas mare Antoniette has won five of 14 while earning $942,600. Her two Grade I victories were at seven furlongs. She wrapped 2010 with a four-length win in the La Brea last Dec. 26 at Santa Anita, then followed with a 3 ½ length decision in the Santa Monica five weeks later.

The Vanity will be the first race for Switch since she finished second behind Havre de Grace in the Apple Blossom Handicap April 15 at Oaklawn Park.

The Searings have ordered 4,000 t-shirts that will be distributed in conjunction with Hollywood Park on a first-come, first serve basis Saturday. The shirts will have a “Go Switch’’ logo on the front.

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, second with Tough Tiz’s Sis in the first of Zenyatta’s Vanity wins in 2008, will be represented by American Story Saturday.

Owned by Kaleem Shah, the 4-year-old Ghostzapper filly out of the Meadowlake mare Holiday Runner made her graded stakes debut in the Milady. After setting the pace, she crossed the finish third, but was placed second after the disqualification of St Trinians.

The Kentucky bred has won three of six, earning $189,200.

She’s Cheeky, placed third after St Trinians’ disqualification last month, has won three of 19 and earned $253,633.

In search of her first graded victory, the 6-year-old daughter of Black Minnaloushe and the Saint Ballado mare Zadkiel is trained by Peter Eurton for owners Sharon Alesia, Bran Jam Stable and Ciaglia Racing.

Miss Match will be looking for her second Grade I of 2011, having taken the Santa Margarita at odds of 45-1 March 12 at Santa Anita.

Owned by Matthew Cioros, the 6-year-old Indygo Station mare out of the Southern Halo mare Miss Simpatia has six wins in 21 starts and earnings of $576,614. She was fourth in the Apple Blossom in her most recent start.

A victory by Miss Match would be a record-tying fifth in the Vanity for trainer Neil Drysdale. The last win in the race, which will be run for the 70th time Saturday, for the Hall of Famer was with Splendid Blended in 2005. John Shirreffs holds the record. In addition to three wins with Zenyatta, Shirreffs won in 2006 with Hollywood Story and Manistique in 1999.

From inside out, the field for the Vanity Handicap: Miss Match, Joe Talamo rides, 118 pounds; St Trinians, Rafael Bejarano, 119; American Story, Martin Garcia, 113; Switch, Joel Rosario, 120; She’s Cheeky, Brice Blanc, 114 and Blind Luck, Garrett Gomez, 123.

Third as the 11-10 favorite in the Railbird Stakes May 21, Pedaltothemedal returns to grass for the first time in nearly one year in the Manhattan Beach.

Owned by Ackerman Stables LLC and trained by Art Sherman, Pedaltothemedal, a daughter of Medallist and the Meadowlake mare Something Brewing, has won two of four and earned $81,400. In her debut last July 10, Pedaltothemedal was beaten by a nose by Alienation going five furlongs on the Hollywood Park turf.

After beginning her career with two easy victories on the Santa Anita main track, Mildly Offensive will switch to turf. Owned by Warren Williamson and trained by Carla Gaines, the daughter of Sharp Humor and the Personal Flag mare It’s Personal earned $92,400 for the wins. Both victories were by 4 ¼ lengths, the most recent in the Santa Paula Stakes March 20.

An 11 ½ length winner over maidens in her first on turf at the Manhattan Beach distance May 8, Mizdirection will seek a repeat for a partnership that includes radio and television personality Jim Rome’s Jungle Racing LLC, Tom Lenner and Alan Peterson and trainer Mike Puype. The gray daughter of Mizzen Mast and the Clever Trick mare Deceptive has earned $40,800. She was second in her only other start March 12 at Santa Anita.

Trainer Jim Cassidy, who won this race with Katdogawn in 2003, is scheduled to run a trio – Fifth Ave, Fifth Commandment and Wave of Applause.

Owned by a partnership that includes Cassidy and Kim Baker, Fifth Ave is shortening up after trailing in the Senorita Stakes May 7. The English bred daughter of Avonbridge and the Danehill Dancer mare Cozette won going 6 ½ furlongs on the hillside course at Santa Anita in her United States debut April 15. She has won three of 15, earning $57,731.

Fifth Commandment, an Irish bred by Holy Roman Emperor and the Singspiel mare Via Milano, is owned by Cassidy and will be making her initial appearance in this country. She won four of 11 and earned $50,010 in England.

Owned by David Bienstock and Charles Winner, Wave of Applause is seeking her first win in the U.S. The daughter of Royal Applause and the Danehill mare Making Waves is 0-for-6 in California after winning once in two races in Europe. She has earned $62,753.

Hall of Fame trainer Ron McAnally, who won the inaugural Manhattan Beach with Gabriellina Giof in 2001, will send out Sugarinthemorning. Owned by breeder Stephen Weisman and Samantha Clement, the Candy Ride filly out of the In Excess mare Social Belle has won three of seven and earned $111,614.

From inside out, the field for the Manhattan Beach Stakes: Sugarinthemorning, Patrick Valenzuela rides, 119 pounds; Wave of Applause, David Flores, 115; Mizdirection, Garrett Gomez, 115; Mildly Offensive, Rafael Bejarano, 123; Fifth Ave, Victor Espinoza, 119; Fifth Commandment, Martin Garcia, 119 and Pedaltothemedal, Joe Talamo, 117.


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