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Belmont Park: Eblouissante getting closer to return
ELMONT, N.Y. – Eblouissante, the younger half-sister to champion Zenyatta, worked a solid five furlongs in 1:01.44 on Monday at Belmont Park, and trainer John Shirreffs believes his filly is one work away from a return to the races.
Eblouissante has not raced since winning a first-level allowance event on Jan. 17 at Santa Anita, her second victory in as many starts.
For the second straight week, Eblouissante worked in company with the 5-year-old male Tiz Gianni. With very little run up to the five-furlong pole, the pair went their first eighth-mile in 13.38 seconds. The tempo quickened from there, with the quarter in 25.66, three-eighths in 37.39, and a final quarter of 24.05, with Eblouissante edging clear by about three lengths.
Eblouissante galloped out six furlongs in 1:14.12 and seven-eighths in 1:27.34.
“She worked really well,” Shirreffs said. “She’s probably one work away from me feeling comfortable running her. She worked exactly the same this week as she did last week, maybe a little bit better.”
Though there is an overnight stakes in the condition book for Sunday that fits Eblouissante, Shirreffs said he isn’t pointing her to that race.
“I don’t think so,” he said. “Today, I just wanted to see how fit she was. It looked like she galloped out pretty strong, so she looks like she’s pretty fit.”
Shirreffs said he is pointing Mr. Commons to the Grade 3, $150,000 Poker Handicap here July 4. Mr. Commons was entered in the June 7 Jaipur but scratched when that race was taken off the turf and moved to the main track due to rain.
Love this filly and can't wait until she returns to racing. Concerned she may have had a problem considering her lengthy time off, but don't recall reading anything about issues. Maybe she is just a big, slow developer liker Zenny. Would love to see another win...not only for her, but for John as well. Really nice guy.
This filly is fortunate to have Shirreffs as a trainer. He will give her all the time she needs. Personally, I don't think this filly is as good as the press leads us to believe.
As a lifelong horseman that served under a few Hall of Famers, Bob Wheeler and Woody Stephens included, trust me when I tell ya John Shirreffs is every bit as good as any trainer I've been been fortunate enough to have been around. He actually puts his horses welfare before anything else. Not many around like that anymore. I worship him, as I see horse abuse as serious as child abuse. Trying to protect horses from their worst enemies (owners) kept my training career on a limited basis, but God knows as I look back, I'm thrilled I had the principals to protect those amazing horses placed in my care. I am excited to see how well 'Ebby' is doing, and hope she has a happy career. I'm relieved she's in the hands of such a Master trainer. Now I only hope she's 7/5 or better ;)
I like her I think she is a very good horse , hey she maybe a great horse , but she will never be grateness , she'll be Princess Ebby but never ever a Queen Zen
Take your time, Do it right!
So excited to see her run again! Go Ebby :)
This mare is worth a fortune! She is the best looking horse in the sprt right now.
I heard Zenyatta's half-sister's stablemates cousins' half-brother's full sister is running soon....whoo hoo!!!
I'm sure something will come up which will derail another start... she'll stub her toe or something.
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