It's nice to be reminded every now and then that you can still buy a Gr.I horse for short money. Thanks to Blind Luck and Evening Jewel, we can still dream of owning "the Big Horse" someday. Blind Luck, a daughter of Pollard's Vision, out of Lucky One, by Best of Luck, is a Kentucky-bred, July yearling purchase costing $11,000. Yesterday's gutsy win in the Gr. I Alabama, closing into soft fractions, boosted her earnings to roughly 1.8 million, with her 9th win, from 13 starts.This win has confirmed that Blind Luck is at the absolute top of the 3 year old filly division this year.
On the West Coast, and not far behind her, is Evening Jewel, by Northern Afleet, out of Jewel of the Night, by Giant's Causeway. She is a Cal-bred and an $8000 September yearling purchase. Winning the Gr. I Del Mar Oaks, and under a masterful ride by Victor Espinoza, she boosted her earnings to close to $900,000, giving her owners a 6th win from 12 starts. The two fillies have met twice before, with Evening Jewel losing two nose decisions to Blind Luck. For handicappers, after watching Blind Luck take the Alabama, it was the classic and proverbial "class play", to then take Evening Jewel to win the DelMar Oaks. Yes, short money, but two very honest, game fillies to keep things exciting for the rest of the season.