Blind Luck: The Early Days (Before She Was Famous)

 

Blind Luck, who is leading the chase for the champion 3-year-old filly title, didn't have a distinguished sales career. Bred and consigned by veterinarian Bill Baker's Fairlawn Farm, she brought $11,000 at the 2008 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July select yearling sale and then was a $10,000 buy-back at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. April sale of 2-year-olds in training.

But Blind Luck (by Pollard's Vision) has made a name for her self on the racetrack, where she's won such important races as the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) and the Betfair TVG Alabama Stakes (gr. I).

Following is some information about her early life that came from interviews following the Oaks.

Blind Luck has a scar on her right leg from running through a fence. According to Baker, a Great Pyrenees, which is a large white livestock guardian dog, was involved in the incident.

"We had lost the Great Pyrenees that we had and we were trying out another Great Pyrenees that was a rescue dog, and needless to say, it didn't work out," Baker said. "We've got a nice one now and it works all night patroling and we have no problems with coyotes or anything else."

Baker's wife,  Terry, said Blind Luck was "very tall, long, and lanky" as a young horse and "very determined" and "very tough." She was the ruler of her field that had two other fillies in it, "and she was the first one at the food," Terry said. Blind Luck was prepared for her yearling auction experience in a round pen and was "halfway broke" by the time she was sold, according to Terry.

The Bakers' daughter, McEwangives the farm's foals nicknames when they are born. Blind Luck's nickname was Clover, which was inspired by her dam's name, Lucky One. The mare's Successful Appeal filly that was born earlier this year is nicknamed Princess.

Lucky One stands about 17.1 hands. When she was bred to the smaller Pollard's Vision in the mating that produced Blind Luck, a hole had to be dug for Lucky One to stand in so Pollard's Vision could get his job done, according to Terry.

 

 

 

 

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mz

Re: Pollards Vision - shades of Northern Dancer.  I understand that they had a specially-sized breeding shed place for the Dancer too.  Considering the Dancer, we can all agree that (wait for it)... SIZE DOESN'T MATTER.

30 Aug 2010 1:33 PM
LACS70

Thank you for the Blind Luck trivia! The more I hear about her, the more I love her.  

30 Aug 2010 2:07 PM
Rachel

Love that filly...♥

30 Aug 2010 4:00 PM
Aluminaut

Great story.  I was wondering if anyone has done a study on horses that ruled their fields and ate first (Pasture Boss)?  Is there a correlation with how they do on the track if they have the right physical to go with their dominate behavior?

I have a yearling filly who is pastured with other fillies.  When she was first added to the pasture, she didn't know what to do and was moved out by the boss filly and some others for about a month.  During this time, she'd move but wouldn't put up with being kicked or bit.  After the first few weeks, she was equal with the boss filly, and soon she was #1.  She's too fat because she lets the other fillies in to shake leaf and flowers off the alfalfa, then she moves them out and eats all the shake.  There are multiple feeders, so don't worry, the rest are all getting enough to eat.  She has 3 crosses of Northern Dancer, and is built a lot like him.  Her sibs are about 16-16.1 hands, so she'll probably be a little taller than ND.  She has the chrome too, although that's not my preference.  All her sibs got to the track.  One was hurt in the starting gate and is now a riding horse.  Of the other five, all have one except 1, who placed twice on the SoCal circuit and now does dressage.  The most recent is an allowence winner and possible Stakes quality.  So she'll probably make it to the track.  I'll be happy if she has just a bit of Blind Luck's ability.

30 Aug 2010 5:39 PM
LouAnn Cingel

Just loved that new trivia on Blind Luck and it still goes to show-size doesn't matter, just as long as the job gets done-and just look at the product!  What a prize!

Blind Luck always comes from Clover-Love that filly-God Bless her heart!

Love & Blessings

LouAnn Cingel of Union, Missouri

31 Aug 2010 9:37 AM
MRO

The more I read about the more impressed I am. I've been attached to her since before the BC last year. I'd love to see her success continue. She is deserving of the Eclipse.

31 Aug 2010 8:20 PM
AnneM

Pollard's vision is one of the top 4 2nd year sires. Blind luck is wonderful. Does anyone know why none of Pollard's Vision's offspring seem to do well at the sales. You would think that lots of people would want colt/fillies of his.

31 Aug 2010 9:25 PM
Bellwether

SHE I$ THE REEL DEAL @ THE RITE TIME...NOE QUIT N THIS ONE...ty...

01 Sep 2010 2:43 AM

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