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Jul 28, 2011

Blind Luck remains first in NTRA Poll


New York, NY (Sports Network) - Delaware Handicap winner Blind Luck continues to lead in the latest National Thoroughbred Poll. The four-year-old filly is in first-place over rival filly Havre de Grace for a second straight week.

Trained by co-owner Jerry Hollendorfer, Blind Luck lost two top votes from last week and now has 173 points with 13 first-place votes. Her next start is expected to be the Personal Ensign Stakes next month at Saratoga.

Havre de Grace, second in the Del 'Cap, failed to get any first-place votes, but remains in second with 145 points. The four-year-old is also being considered for the Personal Ensign.

Four-year-old colt First Dude is third in the voting with two first-place votes and 130 points, an increase of 10 points from last week. However, it was announced Monday that the Hollywood Gold Cup winner has been retired with a tendon injury.

Holding on to the fourth spot is Met Mile champ Tizway with two top votes and 96 points. The six-year-old is pointed to the Whitney Handicap at Saratoga in August.

Moving up one rung to fifth is Game On Dude with 72 points. The four-year-old gelding is being considered for Del Mar's Pacific Classic next month.

Also advancing one spot into sixth is Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom. The three-year-old colt received 50 points and is currently recovering from surgery.

Three-time Breeders' Cup Mile champ Goldikova is seventh with one first-place vote and 48 points. She is followed by the retired filly Awesome Maria (46), Twirling Candy (37) and It's Tricky (28).

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