Race of the Week 2017

Eblouissante Back in Action at Hollywood

A smashing winner in her much anticipated debut Nov. 16, Eblouissante, Zenyatta’s half-sister, will make her second start Saturday at Betfair Hollywood Park.

Owned by breeder Eric Kronfeld and trained by John Shirreffs, Eblouissante will have four opponents in the $48,000 optional claimer for fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles over Cushion Track. It is the fourth of 10 races on a card highlighted by the Grade I, $750,000-guaranteed CashCall Futurity and Grade II, $250,000 Hollywood Turf Cup.

A 3-year-old daughter of Bernardini, Eblouissante is out of the prolific Kris S. mare Vertinigeux, who also produced the multiple stakes winner Balance and Zenyatta, the 2010 Horse of the Year and winner of 19 of 20 in a spectacular career for Shirreffs and owners Jerry and Ann Moss.

Stabled at Betfair Hollywood Park for more than three years, Zenyatta won eight times in as many starts over Cushion Track, including an unprecedented three victories in the Grade I Vanity Handicap (2008-2010).

A dark bay who was bred in Kentucky, Eblouissante debuted at a longer distance than Zenyatta, who won at 6 ½ furlongs Nov. 22, 2007 at Betfair Hollywood Park, but won in similar style, unleashing a powerful late run.

Seventh of eight under jockey Corey Nakatani for a good portion of the 1 1/16 miles, Eblouissante made a sweeping move around the final turn, collared pacesetter Saturday Nite Ride with a little more than a sixteenth of a mile to run and drew off to win by 4 ¼ lengths.

The victory was worth $27,000 for Eblouissante, who has two recorded drills over Cushion Track since the effort. She went a half mile in 52 2/5 seconds Dec. 2 and five furlongs in 1:00 3/5 a week later.

Nakatani will again ride Eblouissante, who will break from post three and carry 121 pounds.

From inside out, the field also includes Glowing Spirit, Edwin Maldonado rides, 124 pounds; The Only Key, Victor Espinoza, 124; Include the Cat, Garrett Gomez, 124 and Toomanytomatoes, Rafael Bejarano, 121.


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wouldn't evben waste the time to open the wallet on this one
Biggest lock up I've seen in a while. haha
Sorry, folks. Keyboard must have locked up??
DRF reports that her race after this one will likely be in La Canada stakes races. But will the competition she will
Rain just basically slows down cushion track, but is never sloppy. horses finish the race relatively clean.
It will never be a sloppy track, for it is on synthetic(Cushion, I believe).
Wonder if the track will be sloppy. With the rain out here. If it is, it will be interesting to see if she could handle it.
What happens now and what happens later are two different things, to say she wouldn't even be a stakes horse is silly. She will tell us.
If she can win this, then the real fun will begin, because she will next go in stakes races. We have to take it a race at a time --- pointless to indulge in comparisons to her big sis. When Zenyatta started, there was some buzz, but, she did not have the national spotlight on her, like Ebby does now. It's times like these I'm glad horses can't read. Shirreffs certainly knows how to handle the spotlight with grace and aplomb. Looking forward to see where Ebby takes us!
no way to know what king she is as she has never really been tested.
Not a very impressive field, if Ebby can't win I don't think she will end up being even a decent stakes horse.

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