01/23/2015 3:22PM

Eblouissante headed to Europe as broodmare

Shigeki Kikkawa
Eblouissante will be bred to one of England's top stallions, Oasis Dream or Frankel.

ARCADIA, Calif. - Eblouissante, a half-sister to 2010 Horse of the Year Zenyatta, has been retired from racing and will be bred to one of England’s leading stallions in coming months.

Trainer John Shirreffs said on Friday that Eblouissante left his stable at Santa Anita early Tuesday for Kentucky, where she will be in quarantine before departing for Europe. Owned by Ian Banwell, Eblouissante will be bred to Oasis Dream or Frankel this year.

Eblouissante won 2 of 7 starts and earned $78,550. She finished last of seven in the Paseana Stakes at a mile at Santa Anita on Jan. 15 in her final start.

“I think she was really special,” Shirreffs said. “It didn’t work out on the racetrack for her. I think she’ll be a great mother.”

By Bernardini out of Vertigineux, by Kris S., Eblouissante was bred by Eric Kronfeld and won her first two starts for him amidst considerable hype in late 2012 and early 2013. She never won again. Eblouissante was last of six in the Grade 3 Shuvee Handicap at Saratoga in July 2013 after becoming upset in the gate.

 “It was a little bit frustrating,” Shirreffs said of Eblouissante’s race career.  “I think the incident at Saratoga changed her situation when she flipped in the gate there.”

Last year, Eblouissante finished second in an allowance race at Santa Anita, but was well-beaten in her final three starts.

Banwell acquired Eblouissante for $2.1 million at the 2013 Keeneland November breeding stock sale through a dispersal of Kronfeld’s racing and breeding holdings. Kronfeld died in May 2013.

The two stallions being considered for Eblouissante are among Europe’s finest.

Frankel, a 7-year-old by Galileo, was unbeaten in 14 races from the ages of 2 to 4 in 2010 and 2012 and was a champion each year. Considered one of the finest racehorses in history, Frankel stands for approximately $188,000. His oldest foals are yearlings this year. Last year, his weanlings were widely sought after at auctions in Europe.

Oasis Dream, a 15-year-old by Green Desert, stands for approximately $113,000. He was a three-time winner of Group 1 sprints at five and six furlongs as a 2-and 3-year-old in 2002 and 2003 and has become one of England’s top sires. Oasis Dream is the sire of Charming Thought, the winner of the Group 1 Middle Park Stakes in October.


sabaahslight More than 1 year ago
She liked Dressage-she really wanted to be a sport horse-they should have let her had a go and sent her to a good European sport horse eventer. Although she will make a good broodmare. She is exceptionally beautiful with grand conformation and it would have been great to see her in the show ring.
Carolyn Barg More than 1 year ago
Her babies will be big winners. Just wait.
Mark Scheider More than 1 year ago
Just wait till you see the dumb money Zen's colts get. Hope they live up to their odds.
mike More than 1 year ago
You're a joke
Capo Capo More than 1 year ago
Send her to Sea The Stars. He is the class stallion along with his brother the King.
Delrene Sims More than 1 year ago
Wishing our dazzling, glorious Eblouissante a wonderful retirement and life as a broodmare. We will miss seeing her very much and I do hope she comes back to the U. S. A. I think the fellows should come to her! She stands alone as an equine picture of loveliness. She was never to be compared to her half-sister. They come along once in a lifetime. Ebby was in the best of hands. I'm happy she retired without any injuries other than missing a few teeth. That was a horrible incident and may have really set her back. To see her in person is really breathtaking. Good luck to Ebby and her connections and you will be missed at the barn.
Walter More than 1 year ago
Is it customary that when a horse has a gate incident like Ebby, it spells the end of their racing desire?
Chantal Smithless More than 1 year ago
Not really Walter but horses remember negative incidents much more vividly than they do pleasant ones. Many of us who followed Ebby before she ever started in her first race think the gate incident really influenced her mind about racing in general. She definitely was NEVER the same after that so at least to me it's the "duck syndrome".
Kram Hslew More than 1 year ago
Why don't they breed her to Zenyatta?
Randy Baker More than 1 year ago
Two females can now marry but still cannot conceive a child without a man(born that way, not Chaz Bono)
Capo Capo More than 1 year ago
Did you miss the half sister to Zenyatta part?
mike More than 1 year ago
What are you on?
Linda Wood More than 1 year ago
DUH - " How are you going to breed two mares?
Donna Carlson More than 1 year ago
Ann Maree has got it exactly right. Much luck to Ebby. Hope she has beautiful big fast babies and her career as a mom is kind to her.
Patricia Doyle More than 1 year ago
Some horses just don't want to race and I am afraid Eblouissante is one of those. She is probably a really nice horse but not for the races. She may like being a Mom, although, I wonder what kind of progeny she will have. Maybe with Frankel there is a chance for her colt or filly to make money. Hopefully the progeny will be injury free. Too bad about her because there was a lot of hope and dreams for her being half sibling to Zenyata. There is only one Zenyata. Too often we think because one sibling is gifted the others will be. Not the case with people, not the case with horses.
Bridget Lind More than 1 year ago
She did great her first two races. I always thought that if Corey rode her again, she might have done well.
Lmaris Lmarislmaris More than 1 year ago
This mare never was a stakes class horse, and showed not really up to allowance company either. Like her close relative Mr Besilu ($4+ million yearling son of Bernardini out of Zenyatta's champion half-sister Balance), this female line crossed with Bernardini is a failure. Sure hope Cozmic One is the exception, I would not bet on it. Without Balance and Zenyatta, Eblouissante would never get a breeding to either of these two stallions. She should have been retired a year ago.
mike More than 1 year ago
Like BH you never fail to troll,attempting to gain a little of much needed attention.
Marie Henson More than 1 year ago
Hope she goes to Frankle