02/21/2013 3:24PM

Santa Anita: Eblouissante nearing a work, might make Santa Margarita

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Eblouissante is unbeaten, having won a maiden race and an optional claimer (above).

ARCADIA, Calif. - Eblouissante, an unbeaten half-sister to the 2010 Horse of the Year Zenyatta, is nearing her first workout since mid-January.

Trainer John Shirreffs said on Thursday that Eblouissante will work “in the next couple of days.”

“She’s been galloping on the main track,” he said.

A potential stakes debut in the $300,000 Santa Margarita Stakes over 1 1/8 miles on March 16 is contingent on how Eblouissante works.

“We won’t know for sure until she breezes and we see where we are,” Shirreffs said.

Owned by breeder Eric Kronfeld, Eblouissante has won two starts – a maiden race at Betfair Hollywood Park in November and an optional claimer here on Jan. 17.

Amanda More than 1 year ago
Eblouissante worked today at HP. 2/22/2013 All Weather Track 4F 50.60 Handily 23/26
B More than 1 year ago
She's interesting because of you know who, but the likelihood of a repeat of you know who is quite unlikely, though it would surely be an amazing thing for racing if she were. I think she is a necessity to watch at the moment, but my money is on that she will break your heart if you are expecting a repeat of you know who.
Eric Rickard More than 1 year ago
Visually, she looks great. However, i don't like her times. Looking forward to the next race. I will watch and root. Her odds will be to low to bet.
jttf More than 1 year ago
after two minor setbacks. ebbie is getting back on azeri's and zenyatta's schedule. azeri won the san margarita before running in the apple blossom. zenyatta scratched do to rain falling on an all weather track rated as fast. was she scratched do to the wet surface or because the undefeated on synthetic specialist , nashoba's key was in the race ? zenyatta also, went on to the win the apple blossom in her next start.
Billy Spathanas More than 1 year ago
So whats your point ?
Jane Raymond More than 1 year ago
For generations, race horsemen have been doing this - where in the universe does it say that they HAVE to start at 2 and retire by 4 - IF they last that long. Well, I think it's refreshing to see someone starting them at 3 and run them til theyre 6 or 7.
Anne Castle More than 1 year ago
Totally agree Jane. We waited on our NY bred until she was 3 and she has now won 4-10 races. Placed in the rest except for 1. Even was 3rd against the boys in her first race. Never hurts to be careful with these fragile animals. Too many negative people when it comes to certain owners, trainers, or horses.
Patrick De Vito More than 1 year ago
Impossible to duplicate Zenyatta....one for the ages!
ctgreyhound More than 1 year ago
No one is talking duplication just (possible) admiration for a half sister of one of the greatest race mares ever.
commenting More than 1 year ago
Wow, could they pussy foot around this horse anymore? Just run her already, if she's not up to the task, retire her and move on to the next one. Man, I'd hate to be paying the bills on this horse, 4 years old and only 2 starts (granted they were wins) but seriously? How much money has this guy shoveled into Sheriffs' pockets in the past 2 years? $95/day adds up.
radnor87 More than 1 year ago
I'm sure the owner was well aware of this trainers style long before he sent the filly to him. How can you expect him to be anything but cautious with a half sister to one of the mst succesful and high profile horses in recent times.He's giving her every chance to be the best she can be, you can't blame him for that - especially when it's not your money !
ghost2_ More than 1 year ago
They appear to be doing what's right for the horse by not rushing her. And you complain about that? Plus, it's not your money that pays her bills, so why should you care about the financial end of things? Your post is very odd.
Jane Raymond More than 1 year ago
I can safely assume that patience is not your strong suit? I can also guess that if you were a trainer, you'd be going thru horses like paper towels - run them into the ground in their freshmen yr, looking for that instant return, throw them away, get new ones.
commenting More than 1 year ago
Actually I tend to keep horses at least 4 years on average. My mare ran from 2 thru 8, made $170,000 in claiming races. So no, I don't go thru them or throw them away. I now have a yearling filly out of my mare. Thanks for asking!
Big Jeff More than 1 year ago
Wow, where to begin on a statement like yours. I'll just let it speak for itself.
scott More than 1 year ago
My thoughts exactly. But with his mares cashing checks I'll have to keep an eye out for Mr. Commenting's horses.
commenting More than 1 year ago
Thanks! I am a woman however...
Anne Castle More than 1 year ago
Ran that long in claiming ranks and was successful and never claimed? Makes no sense. She would not go un-noticed in NY that is for sure. Why would you run a mare you are going to breed until she was 8. That means she probably wasn't bred until 9 or close to it and delivered the filly when she was 10? Or almost. E is a large filly. They are not as easy to train if you care about them. John Sherriffs knows what he is doing and I am sure her owner also knows that E is his link to her broodmare that he sold.
commenting More than 1 year ago
My mare ran in Vancouver, and was claimed, claimed her back. She ran in the upper levels for a while and when she dropped, she was my only horse at the time, and it's bad ju-ju to claim a person's only horse. And her filly was 145 lbs when born, she may not make the races until 3.
Billy Spathanas More than 1 year ago
Obviously Eric Kronfeld does not care about his monthly bill with J Sherriffs because if he did, Eblouissante would be in another barn running more often. Patience is the definition that walks out of the barn of Sherriffs. Nothing like the filly , 3000 miles west in Gulfstreams 5th race today. A 3YO filly ran her 20th start as a maiden. 17 starts as a 2YO and 3 times already this year. Enough already....I would say that she wants to be a nice filly....
Billy Spathanas More than 1 year ago
3000 miles EAST
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
When you learn which end of a horse eats, then you can begin to grade trainers. By the way, how did Shirreffs do with Zenyatta?
Robin Moore More than 1 year ago
Well I sure hope they don't do the same exact races that they put Zenyatta in just because she is Zenyattas half sister. Geez mix up the races around here.
Chris Butler More than 1 year ago
Geez Louise!! Give us a break with this horse already!! A four year old with two starts, a maiden win and a NW1X!! There are probably a few other horses with similar or better records...do ya think????
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It must have been traumatic when DRF.com came to your house, put a gun to your head, and forced you to click on the article. There are obviously people who care about the horse, and that's why the article is on here.
Alex Martinez More than 1 year ago
Seriously. She's the half sister to one of the best horses of this century. People are interested in what she does. If you don't like the article is it really worth your time to sit there and type out why you don't like? Just move on man.
Big Jeff More than 1 year ago
Great post......Sometimes it seems as thogh there is an army of "chris butlers" posting here. Nothing better to do I guess.
scott More than 1 year ago
That is really funny.
Billy Spathanas More than 1 year ago
You should stop whining , I can picture you now talking about your post whining like a kid that cant have want they want. This horse is in the best care any one can give.If you dont like this horses attention, dont read about her....
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Why don't you and Louise just check out of this?
Jim Fields More than 1 year ago
She's not the zen horse yet, but Mr Patience will certainly give her the chance to go into each race in perfect shape, or she won't run. She may, or may not, be in Zens class, but it will be interesting to see how she does going farther.