11/05/2013 3:02PM

Keeneland November: Eblouissante, half sister to Zenyatta, sells to St. George Farm for $2.1 million


Eblouissante, a winning half sister to 2010 Horse of the Year Zenyatta will remain in the barn of trainer John Shirreffs after selling to Ian Banwell’s St. George Farm Racing for $2.1 million on Tuesday at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale.

The 4-year-old Bernardini filly was the centerpiece offering for the dispersal of the late Eric Kronfeld’s racing and breeding operation, handled as agent by Winter Quarter Farm. Kronfeld, who died in May, campaigned Eblouissante during her first three career starts in 2012 and 2013. The filly was trained by Shirreffs, who also famously conditioned half-sister Zenyatta.

Eblouissante won her first two career starts, both in California, before finishing sixth in the Grade 3 Shuvee Handicap July 20 at Saratoga Race Course, after becoming unruly in the gate. She has posted three works since.

“This particular filly, I think is just extraordinary. She probably couldn’t be bought if she were a stakes winner,” said Don Robinson of Winter Quarter Farm. “She’s by the right sire, she’s gorgeous, she’s big and beautiful and John Shirreffs will tell you she has a ton of ability. It’s just a tricky family to train, and she’s always been with, I think, the best guy in the universe to ever train that family.”

Eblouissante is out of the winning Kris S. mare Vertigienux, who was named Broodmare of the Year in 2008.

Vertigienux’s greatest runner, Zenyatta, won 19 of her 20 career starts, earning $7,304,580, a record for a North American female. Winner of the 2009 Breeders' Cup Classic and the 2008 Breeders' Cup Ladies Classic, she was named Horse of the Year in 2010 and earned the Eclipse Award as champion older female in three consecutive seasons. Her five winners from six foals to race also includes Grade 1 winner Balance and stakes winner Where’s Bailey.

Eblouissante was Vertigineux’s sixth foal, and the last one owned by Kronfeld. He privately sold the mare to Coolmore in 2008, when she was carrying the Bernardini filly.

Bred in Kentucky by Kronfeld’s Maverick Productions Ltd., Eblouissante’s extended family also includes Grade 3 winner Helenska.

Judy Maass Gadwood More than 1 year ago
Thank you, Lord!!! There were so many of us concerned about WHO and WHERE she would go!! John Shirreffs: I was holding my breathe the whole time she was at auction. She looked GORGEOUS as always! You took wonderful care of her at your barn in NY. We miss here in California :-( I think Mr. Kronfeld is also relieved! YAY Ebby - can't wait to see you grace the track again :-) Auntie Judy XO
Chantal Smithless More than 1 year ago
This is the best news ever, not only for Ebby but what I am sure Eric would have wanted. John Shirreffs is the ONLY trainer that this beautiful mare will be able to reach her full potential under and all of us can't WAIT to see her back on the race track!
Susan Huart More than 1 year ago
So happy to hear John Shireffs will have this big baby girl back in training! This is first uplifting news since so many of our TB's have been retired and/or sold overseas, in last two days alone.
Heidi Kruckenberg More than 1 year ago
Yay!!! I was so worried but, she gets to go home to John. I can breathe now.
Carolyn Barg More than 1 year ago
This is such a blessing. I was so concerned she would go overseas. I can rest easy now.