Earlier this week, reigning Horse of the Year Zenyatta was confirmed to
be in foal to champion Bernardini. The resulting offspring — the first
for the champion mare — won’t even be running until 2014 at the very
earliest; perhaps later if, like many Thoroughbreds, he or she isn’t
ready to compete as a juvenile.
Butwhile racing fans will be
settling in for a very long wait, they still could get a sneak peek at
that foal’s potential in the next few seasons thanks to one very
The 2-year-old filly Eblouissante arrived
at trainer John Shirreffs’ Hollywood Park barn — which Zenyatta called
home for nearly four years — in the second week of May. By Bernardini
and out of the Kris S mare Vertigineux, Eblouissante is a half-sister to
Zenyatta and will be a three-quarter sibling to her first foal.