In a renewal of the age-old battle between an immovable object and an irresistible force, not to mention the clash of East vs. West, Devil May Care and Blind Luck, the top two 3-year-old fillies in America, will meet for the first time in Saturday's Grade 1, $500,000 Alabama Stakes at the Old Spa.
Devil May Care, coming off a dominant score in the Coaching Club American Oaks here on July 24, was favored at 7-5 when entries were drawn yesterday, with West Coast invader Blind Luck close behind at 8-5 in the field of six going a mile-and-a-quarter.
Blind Luck, whose style is to come with a sudden rush at the very last minute, has notched three of her four wins this year by a nose.
She is 8-for-12 in her career, with the four losses coming by a combined 3½ lengths; and unlike California's other top distaffer, Zenyatta, she dares to venture east of the Mississippi, boasting victories in the Kentucky Oaks and Delaware Oaks.
Prior to the CCA Oaks, Devil May Care won the Mother Goose and Bonnie Miss this year. She finished 10th in the Kentucky Derby after making a bold move on the far turn.
LISA READY TO KICK SOME GRASS
The saga of the fairytale filly Lisa's Booby Trap will continue on Thursday, Sept. 2, at the Old Spa when the unbeaten 3-year-old Amazon makes her next start in the $70,000 Riskaverse overnight stakes at one mile over the inner turf course.
Owner-trainer Tim Snyder, who named Lisa's Booby Trap after his late wife and a Florida strip club, decided on the Riskaverse after Lisa worked on grass for the first time yesterday morning. With jockey Kent Desormeaux up, she was clocked in a swift :35 for three furlongs, though in actuality she drilled five-eighths of a mile, cutting the lawn over the Oklahoma training course like a John Deere power-mower..
"Kent said she did very well, better than she did on dirt," Snyder said. "She was very level, had good action. I've got a feeling she's going to smoke over the grass. She'll run on the beach, through the woods. She can run over broken glass."
Snyder picked the Riskaverse for her next start (rather than the $100,000 Victory Ride, a dirt sprint on the Travers undercard) because "it's easier for her, and it's easier for everyone who wants to come see her to make plans."
Purchased by Snyder for $4,500 last winter, Lisa's Booby Trap -- a towering filly who's blind in her left eye and has a club foot -- has become a sensation in just four starts, which she won by a combined 42¾ lengths. Snyder has been approached about book and movie deals, and NBC Dateline contacted him about sending a film crew to Saratoga before her next race.
Banrock, the 7-year-old gelding who is one of the all-time best New York-bred turf runners, will try to win today's $100,000 West Point for the third year in a row.
Beaten a neck last out in the Battlefield at Monmouth Park making his second start of this year, Banrock is the 3-1 second choice in a full field of 12 going a mile-and-an-eighth over the inner course.
The favorite at 5-2 is the 4-year-old Straight Story, a close fourth last out in the Grade 1 United Nations. In their only previous meeting, Banrock beat Straight Story by less than a length in last year's Ashley T. Cole on the Belmont lawn.
by Ed Fountaine
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