12/13/2012 4:21PM

Hollywood Park: Eblouissante, Zenyatta's half-sister, makes second start in Saturday allowance

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Shigeki Kikkawa
Eblouissante wins her debut Nov. 16 at Hollywood Park.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. – The start of Eblouissante’s career is becoming eerily similar to that of her half-sister Zenyatta.

Zenyatta, the 2010 Horse of the Year, won her debut at Hollywood Park on Nov. 22, 2007, the first of 19 consecutive wins. The 3-year-old Eblouissante won her debut at Hollywood Park on Nov. 16.

Zenyatta won her second start in an allowance race at Hollywood Park on Dec. 15, 2007. Eblouissante starts in an allowance race for fillies and mares on Saturday, which is, of course, Dec. 15.

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Trainer John Shirreffs knows expectations are high for the 3-year-old Eblouissante. He guided Zenyatta throughout her career, which ended with a second to Blame in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Churchill Downs in November 2010. Every race that Eblouissante wins and every race in which she is entered will be heavily scrutinized.

A convincing winner of her debut in a maiden race over 1 1/16 miles, Eblouissante has trained well in the last month.

“She’s on her toes,” Shirreffs said. “It was a wake-up call, as they say.”

A win by Eblouissante on Saturday would lead to a start in the $150,000 La Canada Stakes for 4-year-old fillies over 1 1/16 miles at Santa Anita on Jan. 20. Zenyatta won essentially the same race in 2008, the El Encino Stakes. The El Encino Stakes is no longer part of the Santa Anita calendar, and the La Canada has been moved up from February to its spot on the calendar.

Owned by breeder Eric Kronfeld, Eblouissante is part of a field of five in Saturday’s fourth race. Three of the others are entered to be claimed for $40,000 – Glowing Spirit, Include the Cat, and The Only Key. Toomanytomatoes, who won an optional claimer for California-breds on Nov. 11, is not entered for a claiming price.

Eblouissante, a closer, is likely to be in pursuit of expected pacesetter Glowing Spirit, who was second in the Las Madrinas Handicap at Fairplex Park in September.

“She’s got to prove it herself with so many things that are unpredictable,” Shirreffs said. “In a small field, it’s even more unpredictable.

“It’s her first start against winners. She’s got a lot do. We’ll go race by race, like we did with Zenyatta.”

That is the plan so far, one that will be extensively discussed and scrutinized as it unfolds.

Gunner More than 1 year ago
Well, so much for that. Hope she is OK. Vertiginieux is a super broodmare!!!
Judith Donlan More than 1 year ago
I'll be watching the race with my hands over my face....peeking through my fingers....it will be a "nail biter"...too much pressure on the trainer, owner, jockey, and breeder. Great expectations, to follow in Zenyatta's hoofprints. Somehow we should not set ourselves up for great disappointment. Her connections will do their best to bring this mare along...if it is going to be...it will! My only wish is that she remains safe and healthy throughout her career.
SR Vegas More than 1 year ago
Lisa you posted in part: "Personally I think the mare has alot more influence than the stallion." I agree . It says alot about the broodmare Vertiginieux . According to pedigreequery.com , six of her babies made money, 4 of them more than 100K. Dam of G1 winners Zenyatta, Balance & stakes winner Where's Bailey. 2008 KTOB Broodmare of the Year. Further produce: 2001 barren (bred to King of Kings) 2002 bred to Aljabr ( Where's Bailey) 2003 bred to Thunder Gulch (Balance) 2004 bred to Street Cry ( Zenyatta) 2005 dead foal (bred to Aldebaran) 2006 bred to Pulpit (Treasure Trail ) 2007 bred to Giants Causeway ( Souper Spectacular) 2008 bred to Thunder Gulch (?) 2010 b filly by Henrythenavigator 2011 b filly by Henrythenavigator (?) 2012 bred to Street Cry Bred to Street Cry for 2013. So we have more to look forward to ! SR Vegas
PeterG More than 1 year ago
"Freudian" wasn't the right word. Maybe "portent" was. something that foreshadows a coming event : omen, sign. 2. : prophetic indication or significance.
PeterG More than 1 year ago
Anybody else find it funny that there is a horse named "Toomanytomatoes" in this race? LOL In boxing a "tomato can" is a fighter that is overmatched. Presumably because of tendency to bleed when battered, tomato juice leaking from a can being a metaphor for bleeding I think the term was used in one of the Rocky movies if I'm not mistaken. Maybe Rocky 3 when Rocky's trainer was trying to protect him by setting him up in easy fights. That was the one that Mr T was in. Here's a couple links to the definition. http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/tomato_can http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=tomato%20can That could be some kind of Freudian clue/hint that Eblouissante is going to win this race easily. ha ha
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Anybody who does not have high hopes for a youngster like this, with her pedigree, just doesn't get it.
Ponies Payme More than 1 year ago
I can't wait to see her beat up on the same cheap horses over and over and over again and then when she finally runs in a G1 race on dirt, she'll lose? Do you think they have the list of claimers for her to trounce time and time again yet? If you know what I am referring to, I am likely right!
Grazyna Mianska More than 1 year ago
Very well put. Another five horse field. Big deal.
Rob Talstra More than 1 year ago
Your to easy..Do some research before you blindly bash. Zenyatta won the G1 Apple Blossom 'ON DIRT' very EASILY by 4 lengths in only her 4th start.. I repeat ..She WON a G1 ON DIRT.. Not only are you NOT likely right , you are dead wrong..
Rob Talstra More than 1 year ago
I don't care if it is false hype or false hope..Racing really needs anything.. If it makes you anticipate a horses next start then it is a good thing.. It has been awhile since i anticipated a horses next start and i cant wait to see how it turns out as with most true racing fans..If she loses she loses , but i am sure going to be watching with EXCITED interest.. THAT is what racing needs.. People watching with EXCITED interest..
Bill Jacobs More than 1 year ago
If one thinks like a loser, one probably is You are so right Rob! Wife and I were called,"A Hell of a team", in a Dallas Newspaper. We followed (really traveled) the Southern Circuit from Louisiana to Kentucky, to Arkansas. We held handicapping sessions based mostly how to stop blindly betting every race, many exactas, etc. and mostly discipline. A kinda futile effort. btw. We selected three or four of what we considered to be reasonable
Bill Jacobs More than 1 year ago
set of winners. In my view, if I can win 3-4 races a day, I am very happy. Yes, I know favorites win 3 historically, but the horses we selected paid considerably more. Now, we do it all from home. Look for excitement? You bet we do. Like this little filly. GO GIRL!
jttf More than 1 year ago
the track super has got a lot of work to do. 4 out of 5 dirt races were won wire to wire on thursday. just watch this track change.
Kalar Walters More than 1 year ago
I love Zenyatta!! She's one of a kind!! I wish all the best in the world to Eblouissante!!! It would be fabulous for racing if she turns out to be anything like Z!! She's not as big as Z, she doesn't have that long reach with those long legs and big head, but she may have her own 'way of going' that's just as fabulous. She certainly looked dazzling in her debut. :)
Lisa More than 1 year ago
What they can't stand is the fact that this filly COULD, and I say could be a really good horse. Balance was a great race mare along with Zenyatta, but people will always find the negative. Personally I think the mare has alot more influence than the stallion. You can't breed a crappy mare to a great stallion and get something great. Racing needs horses that attract people. This filly brings along with her the HOPE that she will be a great horse. Nobody has said that she will live up to what Zenyatta did. She is a beautiful horse and won her first race in grand fashion. She may not win the next, but I am betting she will.