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Jul 15, 2011

Garrett Gomez set to ride in Del 'Cap


Stanton, DE (Sports Network) - Garrett Gomez will go after his second career victory in the $750,000 Delaware Handicap on Saturday at Delaware Park. The veteran jockey will be aboard champion filly Blind Luck in the 1 1/4-mile race on dirt.

Gomez won the race three years ago with Hestericalady for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, who also conditions Blind Luck. Gomez has been riding Blind Luck in her last three starts, with two wins and a second. Last year the filly won the Delaware Oaks for three-year-olds over Havre de Grace.

"We are going to run," said co-owner Hollendorfer about the Del 'Cap. "We hope we can come out and make a good effort. She has been training very well. She will be there (Delaware) Wednesday afternoon, and I am planning on arriving on Friday. We are not shy about going on the road because sometimes you have to do it, but all the guys who run, they all ship if they have too. We try to do the best thing for our horse, but the purse is big there, and we have never ducked anybody, especially with this filly. Sometimes we win and sometimes we take our lumps, but we are always in there trying. You know if you are running for big money, the race is supposed to be tough."

Blind Luck, 2010 champion three-year-old filly, has career earnings of better than $2.8 million with 11 wins in 20 starts. She and Gomez combined to capture the Vanity Handicap at Hollywood Park last month and the La Troiene at Churchill Downs on May 6. On March 19 she finished second to Havre de Grace in the Azeri at Oaklawn Park.

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