04/09/2013 3:15PM

Santa Anita notes: Eblouissante headed to New York

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Eblouissante, a half-sister to Zenyatta, is one of 22 horses trainer John Shirreffs is sending to Belmont Park.

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.

A 7-year-old Argentine-bred horse, Interaction was second in the Grade 2 Hollywood Turf Cup last December and the Grade 2 San Marcos Stakes at Santa Anita in February.

Amazombie works

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.

Lisa More than 1 year ago
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!
Honnimae More than 1 year ago
Don't be shocked if Mr Commons wins the Marker Mile ... It could happen with a Hot Pace .....
Perl More than 1 year ago
He's gutless. If he thinks he has a chance to win he'll slow down.
Dee Englehart More than 1 year ago
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.
Kimberly Shugars More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So it is o.k. to race horses of lesser value that aren't 100%? Bottom feeder elitist maybe?
scott More than 1 year ago
Where in her statement does Kim Sugar say she would run an unsound horse?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
quite clear when she says of "such value." If she felt otherwise she simply could of said "if I had horse flesh in my barn I wouldn't race them unless they were 100%" She implies the value of the horse is important...quite clear Scotty boy.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Sherriffs should give her a work at Saratoga...
scott More than 1 year ago
I'll clock it over at the Oklahoma
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Justin More than 1 year ago
This is one of the rare times I agree with Anonymous! John is first class all the way around.
Forego137 More than 1 year ago
The truth always hurts, soon you'll be tired of John S. as well and will be wanting to send him back West. You have to run the horses not keep them in the barn all the time. How many issues can a horse have everytime it comes to running the horse, if that is the case with the horse and all its issues then retire the horse like you said brfore something tragic happens on the track. Overhyped horse and that is a fact based on seeing the horse in person and on the backstretch quite a bit. Horses are to race not to baby them
Quite A Dude More than 1 year ago
You sound like a 2% trainer. Boy you're dumb...
LESLIE More than 1 year ago
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.
Jerre George More than 1 year ago
I for one was really hoping that Ebbie would run in the Fantasy at Oaklawn; her sister sure liked the track!
Wesley White More than 1 year ago
The fantasy is restricted to 3 yr olds only, at 4 she is likely to face the likes of My Miss Aurelia and Royal Delta in New York, quite a change from what she would have faced in California.
Forego137 More than 1 year ago
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.
scott More than 1 year ago
Why do you hate this horse and trainer so much Forego? minor injury is not an excuse, big difference. Copied in here is what you wrote yesterday...I mean you needed to come post more hate today? (Forego on 4/9) "Good luck with that, Eblouissante is not really what most want to believe and that will be proven when she goes back East. Good luck to John as well, he as well was not a very good trainer but he is a very nice guy. Just look at what he has done at Hollywood Park. Del Mar and Santa Anita, combined he won maybe 10 races and that might even be generous on my part. So go back East and rip the owners of the Easr Coast off. Good ridance" .........sad
Gina Spadafori More than 1 year ago
I don't think John S. has ever given a hoot for "the press he gets" -- or rather, that he got for Zenyatta. I ran into him late at night in the Lexington airport just before her 2nd in the BC Classic (we were on the same plane, waiting for luggage after). He was exceptionally warm and gracious to a Zenyatta fan (me), even showing her baby pictures on his iPad. Once I mentioned I was a writer, though, he became more guarded. (I don't write about horses, or horse-racing.) I got the distinct impression he's a good man who just wants to be left alone to do his job as best he can. I traveled from NorCal to SoCal to see Zenyatta run six times, and I am sorry to see John S. move part of his operation East. Circumstances of California racing have led to his decision, I'm imagine. Going from rather than going to. Sad.
not impressed More than 1 year ago
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.