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Santa Anita notes: Eblouissante headed to New York
ARCADIA, Calif. - Eblouissante, a half-sister to 2010 Horse of the Year Zenyatta, is expected to be part of a 22-horse group that trainer John Shirreffs will ship to Belmont Park in New York later this month.
Shirreffs said on Tuesday that his Belmont Park runners will leave California on April 22, and that more horses could be sent later.
The 4-year-old Eblouissante, unbeaten in two starts, is expected to make her next start at Belmont Park. She is owned by breeder Eric Kronfeld, who lives in New York. Shirreffs said he is in the process of discussing with other clients which runners will be sent to New York and which will remain in California.
Tuesday at Betfair Hollywood Park, Eblouissante worked a half-mile in 48.20 seconds. Shirreffs said he does not have a race in mind for Eblouissante.
“She worked very nicely,” Shirreffs said. “I can’t really plan a race until she goes five furlongs.”
Eblouissante beat maidens at Hollywood Park last November and won an allowance race at Santa Anita in January. She suffered a bruised foot after the January race and was out of training earlier this year.
Eblouissante was considered for the Grade 1 Santa Margarita Stakes at Santa Anita on March 16, but Shirreffs scrapped plans for a start when he was not happy with the way she was training in March. Tuesday’s workout was her second in the last four weeks.
Interaction pointing to San Juan
Interaction, fourth in the Grade 2 San Luis Rey Stakes as the 2-1 favorite on March 16, will start in the San Juan Capistrano Handicap over about 1 3/4 miles on turf on April 21, McAnally said.
Amazombie, the champion sprinter of 2011, worked a half-mile in 50.40 seconds on Santa Anita’s training track on Tuesday.
Earlier this week, trainer and co-owner Bill Spawr said that Amazombie had been sidelined by a quarter crack and would miss the $125,000 Tiznow Stakes at Hollywood Park on April 27. The long-term goal for the 7-year-old Amazombie is the Grade 1 Bing Crosby Stakes at Del Mar on July 28, a race he won last year. Tuesday’s workout was Amazombie’s first since a five-furlong workout on March 24.
Those of you that think that Shirreffs is wrong in the way he handles his horses need to go to BH and read the article on Baffert; 7 of the 11 that have died of "heart attacks" (which is VERY rare in horses) were his. That is just unheard of. Shirreffs is about the horse not the win. She is in the best of hands. Kimberly hit the nail on the head!
Don't be shocked if Mr Commons wins the Marker Mile ... It could happen with a Hot Pace .....
John Shirreffs puts the welfare of the horse first and racing second. I'm glad he's bringing her along slowly and allowing her the time to heal. I wish other trainers would take a lesson from him and realize the sport is about the horses and not about winning.
Whoever said they should just race her and damn the excuses, your a fool. Personally, If I had horse flesh in my barn of such value, I wouldnt race them unless they were 100 %...It's just not worth the risk, unless your a bottom feeding trainer (or fan) with no conscience.
Sherriffs should give her a work at Saratoga...
To those who are so negative towards this filly, sorry she ran over your first born, good grief. John Shirreffs is a super trainer and is extremely careful with his horses. Why run a horse with an issue? So you can see some tragic outcome on the track? One does not know a horse's issues unless you work with them on a daily basis. Which...last I knew the "neigh" sayers here are not members of his crew. Grass, dirt, synthetic, mud, who cares. Synthetic haters grow up! I haven't seen too many good trainers dodge Keeneland. Glad to have John come this way. At least we know he will be fair to the fans. We haven't seen that in a long time. Good luck to him.
I'd just like to see exactly how good she is. It isn't completely unlikely that she is very good on her own. Just look at Birdtown and Birdstone, Rags to Riches and her siblings all top race horses, and Zenyattas dam has Black type(Stakes winners) throughout her produce record.
I for one was really hoping that Ebbie would run in the Fantasy at Oaklawn; her sister sure liked the track!
When Eblouissante runs up the track in NY what will be the excuses next. For gods sake bring her out of the barn and race her and enough with the excuses. Put her on the race track in the afternoon or will she only be seen trotting around the track like John S. did with her in California. He most likely afraid to get her exposed and loose all the press he gets for having her. It put up time John S.
She's likely going to NY because the tracks are kinder than CA tracks. Anyone remember Hidden Lake? I lived near the original owner who raced her in CA for a while. She had just as tender feet and the owner then sold her to a business man in New York and told him to get her out of CA because of the hard surfaces. What did she do? She won 5 straight GI races. When she came back for the BC in 1997, I tossed her because I knew she wouldn't hit the board at Hollywood Park...and she didn't. Now granted two different types of horses, but the surfaces aren't any softer even with the synthetic surfaces especially since they are a deeper texture. Eblouissante may not be her sister, most siblings aren't, but I think it's a wise move going back east. Not every horse can handle every surface. We'll see how this goes, but I think it will be good for her. I'm excited to see what she can do.
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