Blind Luck Favored At Oaklawn Park, Sway Away Second Choice In Rebel

Blind Luck Favored At Oaklawn Park, Sway Away Second Choice In Rebel

     Based on morning-line odds, Northern California trainers Jerry Hollendorfer and Jeff Bonde have a good chance to sweep the graded stakes races at Oaklawn Park Saturday.

     Hollendorfer’s Blind Luck, the champion 3-year-old filly of 2010, is an 8-to-5 favorite on the morning line to win the Grade 3 $150,000 Azeri Stakes at the racetrack located in Hot Springs, Ark.  Bonde’s Sway Away is the 5-to-2 second choice in the Grade 2 $300,000 Rebel Stakes.

     Blind Luck will break from the outside post in a field of seven in the Azeri, a
1 1/16-mile contest for fillies and mares.  Garrett Gomez will ride Blind Luck, who is a slight favorite over Oaklawn-based Havre de Grace, who is 9-to-5.

     Blind Luck won five stakes last year, including the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks and
Grade 1 Alabama Stakes, but is 0-for-2 this year with runner-up finishes in both the El Encino and La Canada Stakes at Santa Anita.  A Florida-bred son of Pollard’s Vision, Blind Luck has nine wins, six seconds and two thirds in 17 career starts and $2,448,712 in earnings.

     Sway Away will start from post position nine in the Rebel, a 1 1/16-mile test for         3-year-olds that attracted a field of 13.  The 2-to-1 morning line favorite in the overflow field is The Factor, the ultra-fast colt who won the San Vicente Stakes at Santa Anita by three-quarters over a length over Sway Away.

     Sway Away, a lightly-raced son of Afleet Alex, has a win and two seconds in three starts.  Gomez will ride Sway Away, who will be making his second start following a six-month layoff.  

    The Oaklawn races will be simulcast to Golden Gate Fields, which is hosting a nine-race program Saturday.  Post time for the local action is 12:45 p.m.   The Azeri is scheduled to be run at 3:20 p.m. and the Rebel at 3:56 p.m.