12/15/2012 6:05PM

Hollywood Park: Eblouissante scratched from second start

Emiy Shields
Eblouissante struck a stall door in the backstretch receiving barn.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Eblouissante, the 3-year-old half-sister to 2010 Horse of the Year Zenyatta, was scratched from an optional claimer at Betfair Hollywood Park on Saturday after suffering an injury to her hip when she struck a stall door in the backstretch receiving barn.

The incident occurred about 30 minutes before Saturday’s fourth race, and her injury was considered minor by trainer John Shirreffs.

“She took some hide off,” he said. “It’s like a burn mark.”

Shirreffs said the decision to withdraw Eblouissante was made after “she took a couple of bad steps” following the incident.

Horses are kept in the receiving barn for approximately 15 minutes before being walked to the paddock.

Tim Grande, the official veterinarian who oversees the receiving barn, telephoned the stewards at 1:30 p.m., 32 minutes to post, to advise them to withdraw Eblouissante.

“It’s unfortunate,” Shirreffs said. “Mr. Kronfeld flew out from New York.”

Eblouissante is owned by breeder Eric Kronfeld. The filly won her debut in a maiden race over 1 1/16 miles on Nov. 16, leading to heightened interest in Saturday’s race, her first start against winners.

Saturday’s race would have been five years to the day since Zenyatta made the second start of her career at Hollywood Park. Zenyatta won her first 19 races before finishing second to Blame in the Breeders’ Cup Classic in her final start in the fall of 2010.

Jo Anne Dixon More than 1 year ago
I am so sorry to hear she was injured, glad it was not bad and look forward to seeing her next race. Better to be careful than sorry and I trust Mr. Shirreffs judgement. He did a great job with Zenyatta. He kept the Queen safe, sound and now she can have lots of little princes and princesses for all of us who loved her to follow with great hope that she will produce another just a regal as she was.
Judy More than 1 year ago
All the hoopla!!! Z was one if a kind; a freak in our time. It would be wise to stop comparing her little sister to her 'cause those were big shoes to fill. But that wouldn't be any fun for the media.
edb More than 1 year ago
Sis was one of a kind. Another 10 workouts before racing again? Talk about overrated.
Elaine Parkinson More than 1 year ago
I think that Eblouissante would have had a tough time with that particular field. The #4 horse was dead game and on her toes from start to finish and ran a particularly fast race for a 1:44.38 (1:44 2/5 ths) victory. As I recall, Eblouissante ran about 1:45 1/5 th in her maiden race and was a little more than 3 lengths off a 1:13 split. She would have run into a similar scenario here and would have had her mettle tested in the last 2.5 furlongs. We will find out soon enough. Her first work back was not that good as I recall and then she had a better one for her 2nd work back for this race.
Jerry Sabo More than 1 year ago
I guess I'm not the only one who sees this happening all the time across the country.
jttf More than 1 year ago
thursday had 5 dirt races and 4 wire to wire winners. friday had 5 dirt races and 4 wire to wire winners. saturday had 7 dirt races and zero wire to wire winners. california's track supers set up the track for their superstars. it is too bad that game on dude didnt get a good start in the breeders cup.
Bill Hubbell More than 1 year ago
Hollywood Park does not have dirt races! Did you lose a bet on GOD in the Cup?
jttf More than 1 year ago
some trainers say that the track condition is half dirt and half synthetic.
Ceil Rock More than 1 year ago
The Breeder's Cup was at Santa Anita.
jttf More than 1 year ago
take some reading lessons. my comments say "california track supers"
Pom De Terre More than 1 year ago
before you make outspoken and false statements, you really should do your homework. and you also shouldn't make public allegations about a subject where you clearly have no knowledge. that's how lawsuits happen.
jttf More than 1 year ago
you need to stay after school and actually do some homework.
Joseph Mauro More than 1 year ago
Meydan Rocks More than 1 year ago
Dodgy... when it's someone else's horse and dime! Oh the joys of being a pleb without skin in the game. :-))
Pom De Terre More than 1 year ago
how true
laura ban More than 1 year ago
Health and welfare of the horse first, everything else takes a back seat. There will be other days for this filly to run. It sounds minor thankfully.
LESLIE More than 1 year ago
We'll see her next year hopefully.
Jim S. More than 1 year ago
I'm hoping she'll show up at the Winter/Spring meet at Santa Anita!!
Kalar Walters More than 1 year ago
:( A darn shame. I hope she's okay.