12/01/2011 6:09PM

Hollywood Park: Zenyatta's half-sister nearing a workout


Eblouissante, an unraced half-sister to 2010 Horse of the Year Zenyatta, has resumed training after missing two weeks because of a cough, trainer John Shirreffs said. He said the filly is a few months from her career debut.

“That all happened during the Breeders’ Cup,” Shirreffs said of Eblouissante’s brief illness.

A 2-year-old filly by Bernardini, Eblouissante has not worked since Oct. 26 at Hollywood Park, but is expected to resume workouts soon. In October, Eblouissante had three half-mile workouts.

“Of course, when she worked a half-mile, it’s like she’s working three-quarters,” Shirreffs said.

Shirreffs said that the massive Eblouissante covers significant ground, describing her movement as a “repeatable stride.”

Asked when she might start, Shirreffs said, “It’s hard to say.” He mentioned the first half of the Santa Anita 2012 winter-spring meeting as the most likely timeframe. Zenyatta did not start until November of her 3-year-old season, and then won 19 of 20 starts.

Eblouissante is owned by Eric Kronfeld, who bred Zenyatta. They have one more thing in common. Eblouissante resides in Zenyatta’s old stall at Shirreffs’s Hollywood Park stable.

The stall was vacant after Zenyatta’s retirement last December until September of this year, when the stable returned from Del Mar. “Who else were we going to put in there?” Shirreffs said.

Empire Way on schedule for futurity

Empire Way, sixth in the Grade  3 Hollywood Prevue Stakes in his stakes debut on Nov. 24, remains on target for the $750,000 CashCall Futurity over 1 1/16 miles on Dec.  17, trainer Mike Harrington said on Thursday.

A sharp maiden race winner on Nov. 13, Empire Way was beaten 3  1/2 lengths by So Brilliant in the seven-furlong Prevue.

“I think it was back too soon,” Harrington said. “He got beat 3 1/2 lengths. It wasn’t like he ran a horrible race.”

The Grade 1 CashCall Futurity is a key prep for the major stakes for 3-year-olds in early 2012.

The list of candidates includes So Brilliant; Basmati, second in the Delta Jackpot Stakes on Nov. 19; Liaison, who won the Real Quiet Stakes on Nov. 12; Lucky Chappy and Majestic City, who were fourth and 13th in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf at Churchill Downs on Nov. 6; and perhaps O’Prado Again, who won the Grade 2 Remsen Stakes at Aqueduct on Nov. 27.