03/08/2013 4:39PM

Santa Anita: Eblouissante has stakes debut pushed back

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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.