- DRF Bets
- Handicapping & PPsHorsemen's ProductsReports
Access past performances
- The Wizard
- DRF Gameplan
- Quick Sheets
- DRF Picks
- Today's Racing Digest
- Key Race Report
- Positive ROI Report
- Moss Pace Figure Reports
- Debut Reports
- WE Handicapping Report
Racing and Wagering InformationTools
- DRF EasyForm PPs
- DRF Classic PDF PPs
- DRF Formulator PPs
- DRF HarnessEye PPs
- DRF Daily Harness Program PPs
- Daily Racing Program PPs
- NewsCategoriesTrack Reports
- StorePast PerformancesREPORTSPICKSHarness PPs
Hollywood Park: Zenyatta sister wins debut easily
INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Living up to expectations, Eblouissante, a 3-year-old half-sister to the famous champion Zenyatta, won her first start at Betfair Hollywood Park on Friday, comfortably beating seven other 3-year-old fillies in a maiden race over 1 1/16 miles.
While following the legacy of Zenyatta, the 2010 Horse of the Year who won 19 of 20 starts, is almost impossible to duplicate, Eblouissante won in a very promising style.
Ridden by Corey Nakatani, Eblouissante ($4.80) closed from seventh to win by 4 1/4 lengths in 1:45.27. She caught pacesetter Saturday Nite Ride inside the eighth pole and drew off late. Chestnut Moon finished second, a half-length in front of Saturday Nite Ride.
During the last furlong of the race, an emphatic cheer rose from the small crowd gathered on Friday afternoon.
Eblouissante, by Bernardini, races for breeder Eric Kronfeld, who bred Zenyatta and sold her as a yearling. John Shirreffs, who trained Zenyatta, also trains Eblouissante. Zenyatta is by Street Cry. Vertigineux is the dam of Zenyatta and Eblouissante, as well as the retired millionaire Balance.
In the moments after Friday's race, Shirreffs said he was both "excited and relieved" by the result.
"She's such a beautiful racehorse and she performed so well," he said. "I've been waiting for this day.
"I thought she handled everything well. It was her first time and she didn't know what was going on. She couldn't have handled herself better."
In recent weeks, Shirreffs said that Eblouissante had shown more determination in finishing her workouts. She displayed the same tendency in Friday's race, moving from sixth place to second from the end of the backstretch to early stretch.
"It looks like something clicks and she knows she should catch the horses in front of her," Shirreffs said. "We've seen that in the morning.
"Corey did a great job with her. We wanted to find a rhythm."
Shirreffs and Kronfeld are hoping that Eblouissante can start in an allowance race at the end of this meeting on Dec. 16 or at the Santa Anita winter-spring meeting, which opens on Dec. 26.
Eblouissante's win comes almost five years to the day of Zenyatta's debut on Nov. 22, 2007. Zenyatta started her career in a race over 6 1/2 furlongs, winning by three lengths. She won her first 19 starts before finishing second to Blame in the 2010 Breeders' Cup Classic at Churchill Downs in her final race.
Zenyatta, 8, resides in Kentucky as a broodmare.
Really like the way she caught up with the leaders at the top of the stretch and pulled away authoritatively. Her pedigree is as good as Zeny. Lets see what she does in her next race. She looks like she would relish 10f. Good luck to Eblouissante and her connections.
I WISH i could clone myself so then I would have the best friend in the world and help me handicap
Everyone's expecting the second coming of Zenyatta just because they share the same dam...A lot of people are in for a let down...Zenny isn't easily repeated :/
I adore John Shirreffs and what he does with the gifted girls. How exciting, and here come the eye waterworks again.
The time was slow, but she looked good. I also look forward to seeing Saturday Night Ride continue her career. Once she learns to settle, she'll be a good sprinter/miler. Good luck to them both.
actually, half sister since she has a different father,,,,
You can tell who bet her and who bet against her by the scope of the comments ! I saw Baffert standing there waiting on his horse (Saturday Night Ride) to return and its sort of nice to see him musing , "boy Id sure like to have her " Typical Sheriffs, slow slow, sloooowww works over a long period of time ! Its almost the slower the better chance they fire first time out ! Good Luck everyone ! Lets get GOLDENCENTS there at Delta today !
for those of you who would like to know the meaning of the Name ...Dazzling .. fits best ...
She reminds of many horses who break their maiden well
she is more coordinated out of the gate then yatta. did you see her ears at the end of the race ? shirreffs will most likely put her on the azeri racing schedule, like yatta did. how much sand does santa anita have to add, to get a closer's bias on their track ? azeri's 2nd start was an allowance race on december 17. zenyatta's 2nd start was an allowance race on december 15.
- 1.Posted 06/16/2013 08:05PM
- 2.Posted 06/17/2013 01:04PM
- 3.Posted 06/15/2013 01:52PM
- 4.Posted 06/17/2013 01:00PM
- 5.Posted 06/17/2013 04:52PM