Flashback Friday: The 2011 Delaware Handicap

Flashback Friday: The 2011 Delaware Handicap

With the Delaware Handicap (gr. I) coming up on Saturday at Delaware Park, now is a great time to recall one of the most epic finishes in the long history of the race. Four years ago, 2010 Eclipse champion 3yo filly Blind Luck and her rival Havre de Grace–a future Horse of the Year–faced each other for the sixth time in the 2011 Delaware Handicap. Coming into the race, Blind Luck held a 3-2 advantage over Havre de Grace, but the latter filly–having decisively beaten Blind Luck in the Azeri Stakes (gr. III) earlier that year–was favored to win. But although Havre de Grace seemed to be in command of the race on the far turn, Blind Luck unleashed a powerful rally that brought her on even terms at the top of the stretch, and the two star fillies proceeded to battle through the final furlongs with virtually nothing between them. In the end, Blind Luck got her nose down on the wire first, while Havre de Grace finished 18 1/2 lengths in front of the third-place finish. What a race!

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