03/08/2013 4:39PM

Santa Anita: Eblouissante has stakes debut pushed back

Shigeki Kikkawa
Eblouissante will skip the $300,000 Santa Margarita Stakes next Saturday after a slow workout Friday.

ARCADIA, Calif. – Eblouissante, the unbeaten half-sister to 2010 Horse of the Year Zenyatta, will have her stakes debut postponed until the spring after disappointing trainer John Shirreffs in a workout at Betfair Hollywood Park on Friday.

Eblouissante worked six furlongs in 1:16.80, a slower time than Shirreffs wanted. Eblouissante was considered a candidate for the $300,000 Santa Margarita Stakes over 1 1/8 miles at Santa Anita next Saturday.

“The track was a little off, and I think it was a little laboring,” Shirreffs said. “It doesn’t look like she will run off that work.”

Owned by breeder Eric Kronfeld, Eblouissante has won twice – a maiden race at Hollywood Park in November and an optional claimer at Santa Anita in January.

After the January win, Eblouissante was diagnosed with a bruised foot that kept her out of serious training in late January and early February. The workout Friday was Eblouissante’s third since she returned to serious training. As recently as last week, Shirreffs was hopeful that Eblouissante could run in the Santa Margarita, pending her Friday workout.

Shirreffs said Friday he did not have an alternative race in mind for the 4-year-old Eblouissante, pending a conversation with Kronfeld. The first stakes of the Hollywood Park spring-summer meeting is the $150,000 Marjorie Everett Handicap over 1 1/16 miles May 18.

The Grade 1 Santa Margarita is the leading race for females on the main track of the winter-spring meeting.

The list of 11 nominees includes My Miss Aurelia, the champion 2-year-old filly of 2011; Book Review, who won the Grade 1 La Brea Stakes for 3-year-old sprinters in December; Joyful Victory, who won the Sam Houston Ladies Classic in Texas on Jan. 26; and More Chocolate, the winner of the Grade 2 La Canada Stakes on Jan. 20.

August Sams More than 1 year ago
The field for the Santa Margarita is filled with talent, not a good place for stakes debut, perhaps grade 2 or 3. Sure EK wants her to win some of the Grade ones for her broodmare credenitals. JS is the best.
John Leach More than 1 year ago
It's a Grade 1, not a time to take chances, if her works are disappointing and she's coming off an injury. She not a throw-away pro football player that can take drugs to dull the pain and push themselves in a wheel chair the rest of her life. This field is no joke. Why risk demoralizing her as she is recovering from an injury.
Carolyn Barg More than 1 year ago
God bless John Sherriffs for being so careful with this lovely girl. I wish all racehorses had him in their corner.
Bruce Baudoux More than 1 year ago
Maybe she is just a big filly like her sister and she is working out the kinks. As lightly raced as she is, there still should be a lot of upside in her progress. Shirreffs doesn't have to bring her over until she shows marked improvement in her training. He is a very good horseman and I believe when next we see her name in the entries, she will be ready to run. Obviously she pales in comparison to her older sibling but cut her some slack like she was just another promising mare on the improve and enjoy watching her run. I would like to see Mike Smith handle her as he seemed to know exactly what her famous sister needed to reach the wire first.
Sue Werner More than 1 year ago
Zenyatta was very intelligent and seemed to instinctively know where that wire was and what it took to get there. So many eyes are watching this big filly hoping she will be the next Z. I agree we should just enjoy watching E run but always remember she many not have the desire and skill her big sis surely did.
Christine Coleman More than 1 year ago
This is why John S is a professional trainer. He is doing what is best for the horse. This isn't the first time a racehorse sours on racing after experiencing something unpleasant. Being that Ebby is the one having to run in the field in races, and feels the pain of bruised hooves, she's smart enough to know that engaging in racing sometimes hurts.
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Carolyn Barg More than 1 year ago
Greg, please don't be so judgmental on this issue. You're way out of line here.
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
They should just run her and stop trying to find the perfect field to beat.so what if she's zenyattas sister she's no zenyatta and she a very good horse but not nearly as good as her fans think she was.
August Sams More than 1 year ago
He did the same thing with Zenyatta she just had more talent.
Mark Scheider More than 1 year ago
They are trying so hard to place her perfectly in fields she can walk over. Let the horse run. There will never be another Zenyatta. Stop trying to build her to that. Let her run.
LeslieH0101 More than 1 year ago
True, ther won't be another Z, but It didn't seem like a great work; JS is letting the horse tell him what to do, instead of forcing a race.
Kendra Mcallister More than 1 year ago
LeslieH0101 More than 1 year ago
I prefer to call it horsemanship.
August Sams More than 1 year ago
He is trying to get her to be a stakes winner, which is what EK wants for her so he can keep her as a broodmare.
Jim Fields More than 1 year ago
Job Shirreffs will wait until he feels it's right, and not before. If she's not good enoigh, she's not good enough, but she will be right before she runs. It's not like he has an unlimited supply of potential greats.
Rodrigo Dominguez More than 1 year ago
This is ridiculous. I remember when my favorite filly,Serena's Song, used to run every 2 weeks. A lot of horses back in the 90´s used to run a lot during the year. Now a days they get babied so much that it makes them so fragile. They are horses born to run. Guess what, let them run.
August Sams More than 1 year ago
That is not the issue, she is not working adequately to compete with the Grade 1 company in the Santa Margarita. Facing My Miss Aurelia, Book Review, Joyful Victory etc... who are proven stakes winners she has to be working perfectly and have enough closing speed to take them on. She does not at this time.