04/24/2013 6:14PM

Belmont: Shirreffs is new in town

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Shigeki Kikkawa
Eblouissante, half-sister to Horse of the Year Zenyatta, has won her first two starts.

ELMONT, N.Y. - The uncertainty of the Southern California racing schedule prompted trainer John Shirreffs to move the bulk of his stable to Belmont Park for the summer. Led by Zenyatta's half-sister Elbouissante, 20 horses arrived here on Monday. Ten more are expected in on May 5.

"I would have to say there didn't seem to be a direction that anybody knew about, and it's very difficult to make plans when you have really nice horses," said Shirreffs, who is in Barn 41, about the Southern California situation.

Shirreffs has run just five horses at Belmont, the last being After Market who finished second in the 2007 Kelso, then a Grade 2 race on turf. He said he's "thrilled" to be at Belmont.

"For every trainer it's a dream come true that they actually train at Belmont Park," Shirreffs said.

The stable is led by Eblouissante, the half-sister to Horse of the Year Zenyatta who has won her first two starts. Eblouissante was being pointed for the Santa Margarita Stakes in March, but suffered a foot abscess. She has breezed four times, but Shirreffs did not yet have a race picked out.

"She's going to love it here," Shirreffs said. "Coming from a synthetic track to Belmont Park, it's going to take a little time to get adjusted."

Mr. Commons, a multiple Grade 2 winner who finished third in the Grade 1 Maker's Mark at Keeneland last out, also is in New York. The Grade 1 Manhattan on Belmont Day could be next for him.

"We are thinking about going a little farther with him," Shirreffs said.

Among the many maidens Shirreffs has brought, he is high on Peace and Justice, a half-brother to Grade 2 winner Hudson Steele. Sendario is a maiden out of the mare Randaroo, who was a multiple graded stakes winner in the Northeast.

Bobbie Graser More than 1 year ago
Good luck, Barn 41 and have a great summer! John, we will continue to wish you every success.
fdoos More than 1 year ago
Wishing John the very best and wishing him tremendous success!
judy berube More than 1 year ago
So wonderful to have JS here on the East Cost and yes, maybe a chance to see Ebby up close and personal. Hugs, JB
noalaistoday More than 1 year ago
This just shows how badly California Racing has declined. A beautiful state dying at the vine because of greedy politicians and leftist zealots.
Alexander Danzig More than 1 year ago
Yes but the greedy politicians and leftist zealots do not care. Racing is one of the "icky" things in their world, along with a great many other activities that offend their sensibilities. And being on odd hybrid of Puritans and fascists, they like to impose their preferences on everyone.
AZ Wildcat More than 1 year ago
I think you must have thought you were back on the Fox News boards with the rest if the American Taliban.
Alexander Danzig More than 1 year ago
And judging by your sloppiness and bad grammar you must think you are back on the Daily Kos board with the rest of the American fascists.
Lindsay Lyon More than 1 year ago
And judging by your sloppiness and bad grammar[,] you must think you are back on the Daily Kos board[s] with the rest of the American fascists. Oh, and fascists are a far-right wing political movement.
Lise McLain More than 1 year ago
Hi! Great that John Sheriffs is back on the east coast. I believe that John Sheriffs was born and raised in New Hampshire. If I am wrong, let me know. Much love and good luck to Eblouissante regarding her next race. I am eager to watch it. Thank you! Lise from Maine
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Eastern race fans are gonna love the chances to see Ebby.
Don Reed More than 1 year ago
Class act very satisfied he's come East good luck John!
Judy Maass Gadwood More than 1 year ago
West Coast loss is East Coast gain! John is a top notch trainer. I think of him as a Hirse Whisperer. We've had fun "stalking" him often at the track - supporting him and his horses that is ;-) Wishing him continued success; we look forward to his return to Calif in the fall where we will pick up where we left off: watching him saddle his horses :-) Auntie Judy
Judy Maass Gadwood More than 1 year ago
* Horse Whisperer (whoops!)
MaryAnn Donahue More than 1 year ago
Your comment about JS being a Horse Whisperer reminded me of a cover story about him in the Bloodhorse titled Zen Master! What a remarkable run he and Zenyatta had together.
Judy Maass Gadwood More than 1 year ago
I have that isse :-)
Dawood K More than 1 year ago
Hollywood Park lowering its purses, increasing takeouts and track admission, will definitely put some extra bread into the pockets of some folks of the management for the last last time.
robert More than 1 year ago
Very clever headline.
Don Reed More than 1 year ago
Yes, isn't it? A vast difference from the usual tired DRF "Oh just put anything on top" attitude. Hope to see more of it.