Blind Luck...

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One of the best advantages to living in Odenton, MD is the proximity to soooo many things. Location, location, location!

We got the chance to visit Delaware Park for the first time this Saturday and despite the rain, had a fantastic time. I’ve been following the 3 year old campaign of a great filly- Blind Luck. 
Blind Luck wins the Delaware OaksShe won the Kentucky Oaks (the filly- horse speak for young female, version of the Kentucky Derby) and I was disappointed when they didn’t run her in the Black Eyed Susan (filly version of Maryland’s Preakness). 


When I heard she was running in Saturday’s Grade 2 Delaware Oaks, I jumped at the chance to see her run in the flesh.

Delaware Park has a great set up! There is a picnic area with lots of tables, a volleyball court, a play ground, sandbox, and pony ride area.

Picnic area at Delaware Park

There were several families grilling despite the rain. The Park is also home to White Clay Creek Country Club and a golf course. Both of which are open to the public.

The paddock area (where the horses are saddled and the jockeys mount) is gorgeous and provides a great view of the world class horses and trainers.

It was a very sloppy track due to the rain, but her race went off without a hitch and culminated in a battle to the wire with a photo for first. I honestly thought she lost at first as did everyone. There was a collective, “Ohh” and then a “Yay” as the crowd saw the photo finish.

Blind Luck wins the Delaware Oaks in a photo finish

 

Blind Luck's jockey, Joel Rosario, was even nice enough to sign my program after the race!

Joel Rosario- Jockey of Blind Luck's Autograph

 

Havre De Grace finishes second in the Delaware OaksA great effort was put forth by Havre de Grace (wonder if she was named for the MD city?) for second.

A fun story about Blind Luck. She is named (as many thoroughbreds are) after her parents. Her sire (dad) is Pollard’s Vision and dam (mom) is Lucky One. However, Blind Luck might have been a better name for her sire, Pollard’s Vision who was born blind in his right eye. Instead he was named for Red Pollard- famed Seabiscuit jockey, who was also blind in his right eye. Never fear though, Pollard’s Vision went on to win some good races! 

 

NicanorWe also got to see Larry Jones former trainer of Eight Bells as well as Michael Matz, an Olympic Equestrian Rider turned racing trainer best known for training Barbaro.  Mr. Matz was there with Barbaro's full little brother Nicanor.

 


Delaware Park is a short hop from Odenton, and the trip would have been accomplished in under two hours if it hadn’t been for an unusual amount of traffic on 95N from above Baltimore to the Delaware state line.

For more info check out- Delaware Park's website.  

A victorious Blind Luck heads back to the barn

 

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Malcolm Johnston
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Sounds like you had a great day Christie. I'm always amazed at how majestic horses are when you get up close to them. They are such powerful animals.

Jul 13, 2010 01:17 AM #1
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Christie Lane Craven
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Malcolm, they really are.  Especially when you are trying to coerce one into doing something it doesn't want to do lol!  It's amazing to watch them run though :) 

Jul 13, 2010 04:49 AM #2
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Steve and Jan Bachman
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Way to use photos Christie! They make the post inviting. Also, thanks for the Android post....too much for an old man to take in...I've got one, but am only scratching the surface in its capabilities. I saved your post to read SLOWLY :-)

Jul 13, 2010 07:59 AM #3
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Christie Lane Craven
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Thanks Steve!  I didn't have the heart to make the first one any smaller because she is just such a gorgeous girl :)  The funny thing about technology is that it may make our life easier but sometimes there's a complicated learning curve in the process!

Jul 13, 2010 08:05 AM #4
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Great post Christie!

Jul 13, 2010 02:08 PM #5
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Christie Lane Craven
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Thanks Joshua, racing is something near and dear to my heart.  I have high hopes for the movie Secretariat coming out this October to re-generate some interest in the sport an start a whole new generation of racehorse crazy kids :)

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