07/05/2013 4:46PM

Belmont: Zenyatta's half-sister Eblouissante possible for Shuvee

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West Hills Giant, a winner on turf last weekend in the Spectacular Bid, will switch to the main track for the July 20 New York Derby at Finger Lakes.

Eblouissante, the half-sister to champion Zenyatta who has not raced since January, had her fifth five-furlong workout at Belmont Park on Friday morning, going 1:01.67 in company with Death Star.

“I thought she went really well. I was very happy,” trainer John Shirreffs said. “She galloped out another half-mile.”

Shirreffs said he will start looking for a race for Eblouissante and didn’t discount the possibility of running in the Grade 3, $200,000 Shuvee at Saratoga on July 20, the second day of the meet. Eblouissante, who is 2 for 2, is still eligible for a second-level allowance condition.

“If we have to do that, we will,” Shirreffs said of the Shuvee.

Eblouissante, a daughter of Bernardini, hasn’t run since winning a first-level allowance race at Santa Anita on Jan. 17. She was held out of the Grade 1 Santa Margarita in March at Santa Anita after an unsatisfactory workout. After shipping to New York in April, Eblouissante missed some time due to a temperature that kept her out of the Ogden Phipps on Memorial Day.

Also on Friday, the Shirreffs-trained Peace and Justice, a 3-year-old son of War Front who won his debut here June 12, breezed four furlongs in 47.15 seconds over Belmont’s main track. It was the fastest of 58 moves at the distance.

Shirreffs said he is looking at an allowance for Peace and Justice at Saratoga.

Shirreffs said Mr. Commons was held out of Thursday’s Poker Stakes due to a foot bruise.

“It didn’t come around quite quickly enough,” Shirreffs said.

West Hills Giant eyes New York Derby

Though he returned to his winning ways on the turf in last Sunday’s Spectacular Bid division of the New York Stallion Stakes at Belmont, West Hills Giant is likely headed back to the dirt for the $125,000 New York Derby at Finger Lakes on July 20.

Last year, at 2, West Hills Giant won a maiden race on the turf on closing day at Saratoga and came back 26 days later to win the Breeders’ Futurity on the dirt.

“He won over the track up there,” Terranova said. “It’s just under three weeks back. Hopefully, it’s the right move. We’ll look at that, and if everything’s well, we’ll go for it.”

The victory in the Spectacular Bid helped West Hills Giant rebound from a 12th-place finish in the Blue Grass Stakes over Keeneland’s synthetic surface and a fifth in the Mike Lee, a race restricted to New York-bred 3-year-olds in which West Hills Giant stumbled badly at the break. Sunday, West Hills Giant rallied from last after breaking slowly.

“It was a good race for him. He had to come up inside and in between and angle out and come around them all,” Terranova said. “He looked good doing it. He was pretty professional. Hopefully, he’s maturing.”

Judy Maass Gadwood More than 1 year ago
As always, hoping for the best for Ebby and John Shirreffs,