Kentucky Derby

Blind Luck 6-5 favorite in Kentucky Oaks

LOUISVILLE — Blind Luck has spent much of her career as a clear-cut leader, and Tuesday's post-position draw for the Kentucky Oaks was more of the same.

The three-time Grade I winner drew post five and was deemed the 6-5 morning-line choice in the full field of 14 for Friday's $500,000 11⁄8-mile race for 3-year-old fillies. Jockey Rafael Bejarano gets the mount.

Blind Luck comes into the Oaks off a 2½ -length victory in the Grade II Fantasy Stakes at Oaklawn Park on April 2 and is 2-for-2 over dirt surfaces. Blind Luck previously won on synthetic tracks in the Grade I Las Virgenes, Hollywood Starlet and Oak Leaf Stakes.

With fellow Grade I winner Devil May Care slated to start in the Kentucky Derby, Blind Luck appears to be the class of an Oaks field that includes Grade I winners Crisp and Evening Jewel.

"She's been aimed for the Oaks all year, and that never changed with me," said California-based trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, who is seeking his third victory in the Oaks. His previous winners were Lite Light in 1991 and Pike Place Dancer in 1996.

The Oaks is the centerpiece of a 12-race program that starts Friday at 10:30 a.m.

Friday also features the return to Churchill Downs of 2009 Kentucky Oaks winner Rachel Alexandra, who will face five rivals in the Grade II La Troienne.

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