Race of the Week 2017

Eblouissante Entered at Santa Anita Thursday

Eblouissante, a half-sister to the great Zenyatta who won her first start at 1 1/16 miles by 4 ¼ lengths under Corey Nakatani at Betfair Hollywood Park on Nov. 16, is entered in Thursday’s seventh race at Santa Anita.

Five horses were entered in the mile and one-sixteenth race. Eblouissante, owned by Eric Kronfield, is trained by John Shirreffs, who directed Zenyatta to 19 victories in her first 19 races before suffering her only defeat, to Blame, in the 2011 Breeders’ Cup Classic.

Zenyatta’s statue graces Santa Anita’s Kingsbury Fountain area.

“I worked her before I rode her,” said Corey Nakatani, who retains the mount on Eblouissante Thursday. “She’s a special filly.

“Hopefully, she comes back and runs like she did in her first race. I’m sure John has her spot-on, so I’m looking forward to riding her again.”

The seventh race: Double Ante, Joe Talamo; Viva Carina, Edwin Maldonado; Folk Dancer, Julien Leparoux; Pink Blossom, Alonso Quinonez; and Eblouissante, Nakatani.



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Would have let this drop if not for your PMS quip. Check the PP’s for this race and you’ll see every 2 turn NX1 race showing in the last 2 ½+ years had 5 or 6 entrants. Age of Reason? I think not!
Age of Reason? The last race for fillies and mares NX1 around 2 turns was December 30. Five entered (2 Bafferts) and 3 ran. What's the "only logical reason"?
AOR. As to Calidoscopio both TVG and Bloodhorse made the same mistake as to whether he was a gelding or not. Equibase listed him as a horse. And finally one of the commentators asked the trainer whether the winner was a gelding or not so your confusion was understandable.
Cyclical phases. Only logical reason. You're ass_uming again.
Apparently I committed the unpardonable sin last week when I mistook Breeders' Cup Marathon winner Calidoscopio (*yawn*) for a gelding per the reports of bloodhorse.com, the most reliable news source in the biz; so, I'll no longer use the word "assume", at least when @amino is experiencing cyclical phases of GntRH-induced irritability (sorry, Mary Z., we can't all be as subtle as you). To rephrase what I said earlier: It's clear that, even though Eblouissante is still very much wet behind the ears, that virtually no opposing trainer is interested in running against her at this point. The only logical reason would be that said trainers don't think it would be worth the risk, a left-handed compliment of sorts to Eblouissante. Frankly, despite the inexperience on dirt (it did Big Sister in, but the blinkers on will help) I expect an impressive win Thursday; the Bernardinis have always been better on dirt.
And maybe you’re in a lala land of abject speculation. You know what happens when one assumes.
I've thought the same thing, tcglory. One would've assumed that Baffert (and Sadler, et al) might at least put up a little token resistance before another offspring of Vertigeneux gets too far on the road to immortality, but of course Baffert has been down this road before--he threw Looking At Lucky, Richard's Kid and everything else he ever had at Zenyatta back in the day, with not much to show for it. Once bitten, twice shy--maybe Baffert suspects Shirreffs is once again on to something special more than either of them is letting on...
shes gonna crush that field how dose she keep ending up in such easy races with very few competors and this time theres no baffert horse?
Double Ante will handle not only Eblouissante, but the whole field. Just watch!
Thanks guys.
Post time is 4:07 PST
4:07 PM Pacific time
Anyone know what post time is? Hoping I can catch the race on tv.
DH said she is working great..can't waite to see her run..
Can''t WAIT! Was so disappointed that she had to be scratched last time. John Shirreffs is REALLY smiling when he goes to work each morning and sees THIS one in his barn! And couldn't happen to a more deserving guy! Good luck to ALL her connecctions and be safe Big Black Beautiful One!
Not betting, just watching.
Call me crazy, but Viva Carina might actually be a threat in this one. She ran a good second to Potesta in the Torrey Pines Stakes at Del Mar back over the summer.
This will be a nice race to try and make some money if Eblouissante don't win. She will be at 1/5. Wish her luck
They don't have that many allowance races at the 8.5 furlong distance for fillies/mares. They wanted to get one more allowance under her belt before tackling graded stakes. There also aren't that many races for graded stakes at Santa Anita 8.5+ furlongs for fillies/mares. Would love for her to sweep a couple graded stakes and then go to Oaklawn for the Apple Blossom in April! That's my hope for her, but have to take it one race at a time.
Eblouissante carries with her the hopes of capturing lightning in a bottle. Probably not fair that she carries that load. For me, she's the most interesting horse out there, and I will never skip over her name. I hope she has a great career.

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