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We've tracked the progress of freshman Pollard's Vision (TrueNicks,SRO) in several previous posts, but we must admit we didn't expect him to vault to the top of the Freshman Sire table. However, that's what happened when his daughter, Blind Luck, emerged from the Oak Leaf Stakes (gr. I) with a 2½ lengths victory. She is the fourth stakes winner from the first crop of Pollard's Vision, following Vertical Vision, who has taken the Prairie Gold Lassie Stakes and Prairie Gold Debutante Stakes; Dakota Sue, who took the Bird of Pay Stakes; and Air Crew, winner of the Premio Rumon and Criterium Labronico in Italy.

By Carson City, Pollard's Vision is out of a sister to the tough graded stakes winner and multiple grade I performer Bowman's Band (by Dixieland Band (TrueNicks,SRO) ), from the same branch of the Chris Evert family as Sightseek and Tates Creek. He actually ran more like a Dixieland Band than a Carson City, being a tough middle-distance horse whose best wins came in the Illinois Derby (gr. II), Lone Star Derby (gr. III) and Leonard Richards Stakes (gr. III) at three, and the National Jockey Club Stakes (gr. III) at four.

Blind Luck, who is TrueNicks rated A+, is out the Best of Luck (by Broad Brush) mare, Lucky One, a half-sister to Swale Stakes (gr. III) winner Ethan Man. The granddam is a half-sister to dual graded stakes winning sprinter/miler Chas Conerly. What makes this pedigree particularly interesting, however, is that Best of Luck's broodmare sire is Chief's Crown. He's by a son of Northern Dancer out of a daughter of Chris Evert, and Pollard's Vision's third dam, Nijinsky Star is by a son of Northern Dancer out of Chris Evert, so closely related to Chief's Crown. Pollard's Vision's dam is also by a son of Northern Dancer and so is another relative to Chief's Crown.

The runner-up here, on just her second start, was Always a Princess. A half-sister to 2009 grade one winner Gabby's Golden Gal, she is by another freshman sire, Leroidesanimaux (BRZ) (TrueNicks,SRO) , out of the Ashkalani (Nureyev line) mare, Gariellina Giof. Leroidesanimaux doesn't yet have a stakes winner, but he's risen to fifth on the Freshman Sire list, and would be top had his Tyro Stakes (gr. III) runner-up, Marfach, not been beaten in a photo for an extremely rich sales race in Ireland.

The juvenile colts race, the Norfolk Stakes (gr. I), went to form, Lookin at Lucky (TrueNicks A++) confirming himself as the leader of the West Coast juveniles with a 1¾ lengths tally. A half-brother to the Jim Dandy (gr. II) and Dwyer Stakes (gr. II) winner Kensei, Lookin at Lucky is by Smart Strike (TrueNicks,SRO) , out of a Belong to Me (TrueNicks,SRO) mare, and is another example of the tremendous success achieved by Smart Strike with mares from the male line of Danzig (sire of Smart Strike's brilliant half-sister Dance Smartly).


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Pollard's Vision is on my top 5 list of stallion choices for 2010.  He wasn't before this article, but he is now.  Thanks for the eye opening article.  I wonder with his crossses to Northern Dancer sons, how he would work if you threw in some blood of N.D's full sister Arctic Dancer?

ROBERT 08 Oct 2009 12:57 PM

Always hard to generalize on new sires.  However, it is relatively rare that the top 2yr sires are also the top sires on the general sire list.  Pollard's Vision is off to a good start, but I would be very hesitant to think of him as anything but a good 2yr old sire (especially being by Carson City) unless and until he shows that his offspring can improve with age and distance.

FourCats 08 Oct 2009 7:22 PM

Hi Robert,

He's got three crosses of Northern Dancer, so I would think the sister would be a good addition.

Alan Porter 08 Oct 2009 8:31 PM

Cats--As Mr. Porter correctly points out, Pollard's Vision wasn't your typical Carson City. A two-year-old of some ability, he really blossomed at three, earning his way into the Kentucky Derby with a good performance in the Louisiana Derby prior to winning the Illinois Derby. Unlike many 3yos who are over the top and unable to reproduce their form later in the year, he went on to win the Leonard Richards and the Lone Star Derby while running with credit in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. He was also a Grade 3 winner at four and stayed 10 furlongs well enough to be third in the Grade 1 Suburban Handicap. Given the success of Blind Luck, it's reasonable to assume distance is going to be a virtue and not a hindrance. Would be a tremendous mistake to pigeon-hole this stallion.

Equineal 09 Oct 2009 5:23 PM

Robert--Who is your mare?

Equineal 09 Oct 2009 5:24 PM

I am a Breeder and I have a Pollards Vision filly out of a Storm Bird Mare,"StarFire". The Market for Pollards Visions have not been great. Should I keep her and run her or sell her as a 2yo

Byron's Reply: Dennis, obviously any advice given here would be dependent on your own personal finances. You are right in some respects, this year, despite the efforts of his progeny on the track, the Pollard's Vision yearlings have probably undersold in the marketplace relative to this performance.  I like the way the pedigree is put together (Storm Bird and Nijisnky II have combined very well in the past), she has a decent enough family to her and she is an A+ rated filly on TrueNicks.

For mine, what makes you feel that you can't do both? If you got her up and going for a two year old sale next year and didn't get what you wanted you are not that much worse off if you were going to race her anyway as the filly would have undergone all the breaking, education and the like that she is going to need to go on to the track anyway. You never know, if you picked a later 2yo sale to aim her at like say Keeneland or FT Midlantic, Pollard's Vision may look like the next Tapit or Medaglia d'Oro and you would be in a great spot.

Dennis 12 Oct 2009 9:49 PM

I have a More Than Ready mare in foal to Pollard and my phone has been ringing some. He is quickly becoming a now horse and we all know that alot of this game is being at the right place at the right time!!


Dennis milligan 19 Oct 2009 8:45 PM

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