Updated on 01/20/2013 2:03AM

Santa Anita: Eblouissante makes it two straight with facile allowance score

Benoit & Associates
Zenyatta's little sister Eblouissante, ridden by Corey Nakatani, draws away from Pink Blossom to win the seventh race on Thursday and remain unbeaten.

ARCADIA, Calif. - Eblouissante, a half-sister to Zenyatta, is perfect in two starts after a cozy win in a first-condition optional claimer over 1 1/16 miles at Santa Anita on Thursday.

The victory is likely to lead to a stakes appearance later at this meeting, with races such as the $200,000 Santa Maria Stakes over 1 1/16 miles on Feb. 16 or the $300,000 Santa Margarita Stakes over 1 1/8 miles on March 16 to be considered, trainer John Shirreffs said.

Ridden by Corey Nakatani, Eblouissante ($3) closed from last in a field of five with a three-wide rally to win the race by 1 3/4 lengths over 22-1 Pink Blossom in 1:44.89. Owned by breeder Eric Kronfeld, Eblouissante made her first start since winning a maiden race at Betfair Hollywood Park on Nov. 16.

Eblouissante was awarded an 83 Beyer Speed Figure for the win. She received an 88 Beyer for her maiden victory.

Shirreffs said he was delighted with the win in Eblouissante’s first trip to Santa Anita. She is based at Hollywood Park.

“She sat nicely and she moved up nicely,” he said. “She stayed where Corey wanted her. At the end, she picked it up a little bit.

“This was a big day for her. She’d never been on this track and it’s a sandy track.”

A 4-year-old by Bernardini, Eblouissante was scratched from a similar race on Dec. 15 when she struck her hip on a door in the Hollywood Park receiving barn. She resumed training the next day.

Zenyatta, the 2010 Horse of the Year, won 19 of 20 starts for owners Jerry and Ann Moss, losing her final race to Blame in the 2010 Breeders’ Cup Classic. Trained by Shirreffs, Zenyatta won the 2010 Santa Margarita, her 15th win.

Kathleen Wimmer More than 1 year ago
Poetry in Motion!!!
Kathie Roller-Stell More than 1 year ago
Congratulations John on another masterpiece in progress done masterfully and under extreme pressure. Lots said about what a nice filly E is, and, no doubt. But the whole tough-just-as-it-lies job of bringing along a young horse successfully is, by itself, an art. Forget a giant filly; forget a filly, often trickier than a colt or gelding; forget being under the microscope of the entire racing world from first jog to last bath! You are my hero and one fine conditioner.
akhiym james More than 1 year ago
For people who don't know anything about horse racing every good or great horse always beats inferior competition on their way to a good or great career. You have to realize the horse has to take steps up in class to prove they are a good or great horse and if they succeed they are doing what is expected. This horse is moving through the class ranks just like she supposed to do. People are complaining about the field but she was the only horse who hadn't beat winners before and she stepped up in class and won so she's on the right track. They will probably take a shot in the Margarita which has grade 1 status and she has win over track and just like someone stated early the division is week out in Cali so she has a chance to prove she's a good horse.
Robert Danna More than 1 year ago
She ran a decent race, not super in any way, but productive. Her first race was run in 145/3 and she beat a decent MSW field by 4 and a half lengths. This was NOT a classy bunch, more towards the order of HIGH Optional/Claimer ranks. Pink Blossom at 6 years old still has her back class and did well.. Can't say much for the rest of them though. All in All, winning by 1 and 3/4 lengths, put her right at 144.2 for 1 1/16 miles, not bad considering it was her second start. She has a BAD habit of slowing down once she gets the lead, that should change with Stakes company.. I like her and believe with time and the right conditioning, like she's getting now, she will develop into a wonderful race horse; maybe a Zenyatta, maybe not, but still a very nice race horse for sure.
Honnimae More than 1 year ago
This Philly looks as tho she Stops and Greets her Foe and then Kicks off. Maybe this is Due to her Many Workouts. This could be a Down Fall later is there is another Closer coming that the Jock Doesn't See. You Notice Corie Picked up on it and Tapped her a few times...
Dave More than 1 year ago
She galloped out about a mile past them. She's only going to get better as the races get longer.
Jim Fields More than 1 year ago
She beat her competition, that's all Zenyatta did except when the wire came up one jump too soon.
grayposse More than 1 year ago
Went about her business. Time not flattering, but she did what she had to and is still learning. Looks like she had more in the tank at the end. Interested to see her next start, and hopefully it is a full field, but won't hold breath.
Terri Zeitz More than 1 year ago
Smart move by giving her experience on the dirt as well as grass. She'll be used to dirt in her face and maybe the blinkers help with that too. Sherriffs won't get criticisim this time because of the surface she has raced on. Does anyone know if there is a 1 1/2 mile race for fillies and mares in the this country? I think she could go that distance.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
There's one in France!
Kyri Freeman More than 1 year ago
I've never agreed with the comments that she looks like Zenyatta (other than both are tall and black bay) but this race could have been a clone of a Zenyatta race. Walked out of the gate, sat in last, looked like she was going nowhere, suddenly made a huge move to inhale the field. Given the way she was going late, I would love to see this filly go farther than 1 1/16th.
matt More than 1 year ago
Except for her ducking in a bit when the first crack of the whip hit her