Blind Luck to face four in Cotillion

Updated: September 27, 2010, 8:15 PM ET
By Mary Rampellini | Daily Racing Form



Blind Luck will break from the rail while giving each of her rivals 10 pounds on Saturday when she runs in the Grade 2, $750,000 Fitz Dixon Cotillion at Parx Racing at Philadelphia Park.

The 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-old fillies drew five horses Monday, including Havre de Grace, who has been edged by Blind Luck in both the Grade 1 Alabama at Saratoga and the Grade 2 Delaware Oaks. Blind Luck on Saturday will be seeking her sixth graded win of the year in a campaign highlighted by a victory in the Kentucky Oaks.

Joel Rosario has the mount in the Cotillion, while Jeremy Rose will ride Havre de Grace from post 5.

"I'm absolutely pleased with the race," said Sal Sinatra, the director of racing for Parx. "It's hard to get anybody to run against what I believe might be the Eclipse Award winner."

Devil May Care, a multiple Grade 1 winner who had been under consideration for the Cotillion, did not go when entries were taken on Monday.

Blind Luck is scheduled to fly into Pennsylvania on Wednesday from Southern California. She will carry 124 pounds in the Cotillion per the conditions of the race, while each of her rivals getS in at 114.

The complete field from the rail with riders is Blind Luck, Rosario; Awesome Maria, Eibar Coa; Absinthe Minded, Stewart Elliott; Bonnie Blue Flag, Kendrick Carmouche; and Havre de Grace, Rose.

The Cotillion will go as the 10th race on an 11-race, "Ladies Day" card at Parx.

"This is our breast-cancer awareness Ladies Day," said Sinatra, noting funds will be raised for the Susan B. Komen Foundation. "It's all filly races. Everything will be pink that day."

Sinatra said there will also be a "National Lady Riders Challenge" with 10 women jockeys competing in the third, fifth and 11th races Saturday.

"It was well received last year, the first year we tried it," he said. "The fans really took to it and we brought it back again this year."

The card also includes four allowances worth $70,000 or more, including one for fillies and mares at five furlongs on turf that drew the aptly-named Pink Hero.

The forecast for Saturday is sunny skies and a high of 66 degrees, according to weather.com. The Cotillion is scheduled to be shown on TVG. First post is 12:25 p.m. Eastern, with the Cotillion set for 4:58.