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Grade 1 win for freshman Pollard's Vision

US-BASED first-season sire Pollard's Vision was represented by his first top-flight winner when his daughter Blind Luck scored in the Oak Leaf Stakes at Santa Anita on Sunday.

The Jerry Hollendorfer-trained filly came with a scorching late run to deny frontrunner Always A Princess – a daughter of another freshman sire, Leroidesanimaux – by two and a half lengths in the 1m½f event for juvenile fillies.

Blind Luck had finished second in the Grade 1 Debutante Stakes on her last start, giving more cause to regret the injury-enforced retirement of that race's winner, the Pulpit filly Mi Sueno.

Omega Farm, as agent, pruchased Blind Luck for the bargain sum of $11,000 at the Fasig-Tipton July selected yearling sale.

The first foal produced by the seven-year-old Best Of Luck mare Lucky One, a half-sister to Grade 3 Swale Stakes winner Ethan Man, Blind Luck was purchased privately by Hollendorfer after she broke her maiden by 13 and a half lengths for trainer James Hatchett at Calder in June.

The Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies looks set to be Blind Luck's next assignment.

Pollard'sVision, an eight-year-old son of Carson City, was only a minor winner at two, but he blossomed into a high-class miler at three to four, capturing the Grade 2 Illinois Derby as well as a hat trick of Grade 3 races.

His fourth dam is 1974 US champion three-year-old filly Chris Evert, ancestress of Group/Grade 1 scorers Sightseek, Tates Creek and Etoile Montante, as well as Chief's Crown, sire of Derby hero Erhaab and Key Of Luck, Be My Chief and Grand Lodge.

He stands at Wintergreen Farm in Kentucky, where his fee for the 2009 breeding season was $5,000.

 

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