Trainer John Shirreffs reported Sunday morning that
Eblouissante emerged from Saturday’s Grade 3, $200,000 Shuvee Handicap with minor injuries after acting up in the starting gate.
got banged up, but it’s all pretty superficial,” Shirreffs said. “She
broke two teeth and grabbed herself in a couple spots on her legs,
but nothing really serious.
feel really lucky that she didn’t seriously injure herself. I think
that’s a credit to the assistant starter, who kept her from flipping
and getting underneath the gate. It was a bad situation but not a
by Maverick Racing, the 4-year-old Eblouissante, a half-sister to Horse
of the Year Zenyatta, was making her stakes debut in the Shuvee,
her first start in 189 days following an optional claiming victory on
January 17 at Santa Anita.
by Rosie Napravnik, subbing for jockey Junior Alvarado who was banged
up earlier on Saturday’s card, Eblouissante bumped with Moon Philly
after leaving the gate and ran at the back of the pack, finishing last
her, it was [over at the start]. She lost all her focus and
everything,” Shirreffs said. “Obviously, it’s disappointing, but it’s
those things that happens with horses. You can’t always predict the
outcome or what they’re going to do. You just accept it and try to
Shirreffs said Eblouissante had not shown any signs of gate trouble in either of her first two starts.
but she’s a big horse and the gate is somewhat tight, so she could be a
little claustrophobic,” he said. “Who knows what sets a horse
off at that moment? Whatever it was, it really set her off.
give her a few days to heal up a little bit. Obviously, we’re going to
have to take her to the gate and school her, spend a lot of time
in the gate and get over whatever it was that set her off. Then we’ll
just come back and start over again.”
Shirreffs hopes to get another start for Eblouissante at
Saratoga, where the trainer is spending his first full summer this year.
look to bring her back probably in a little lower-profile race,” he
said. “It’s hard to say until we get her back on the track.”