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Breeders' Cup 2017

Eblouissante Will Definitely Run in Shuvee

Trainer John Shirreffs on Friday confirmed that Eblouissante, a 4-year-old half-sister to 2010 Horse of the Year Zenyatta, will compete in Saturday’s Grade 3 Shuvee Handicap instead of an optional claimer that was scheduled to be contested on Monday.


The Shuvee, her first start since January, will be Eblouissante’s stakes debut after going 2-for-2 to launch her career. Her competition is expected to include Grade 2 La Troienne winner Authenticity, Iowa Distaff winner Flashy American, and Mariensky overnight stakes winner Royal Lahaina.


“[The Shuvee is] very tough,” said Shirreffs. “You see her numbers compared to those of some of the other fillies, and she’s going to really have to step up her game. We’ll see. It’s been a long time, and it’s a change in surfaces from what she’s been running on.”


Because of her relation to 2009 Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Zenyatta, expectations are high for Eblouissante. Shirreffs, however, hopes Eblouissante, a daughter of Bernardini and Vertigineux, is evaluated on her own merits.


“I try to avoid that kind of pressure,” said Shirreffs. “As we all know, each horse has to prove him or herself.”




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i have no doubts about sherriffs.i posted that. right or wrong,the data i use ,she will have to make up 6 lengths to be competetive. for me to ever play a hunch on a horse like that,play the angle as they say. i would need to get double digits. emby might turn out to be the 2nd choice.listen if you are a big fan,all the power to you.i would never take that joy and privaledge away from you. it is that in the race tommorrow,we are both interested for different reasons.you are not wrong about sherrifs ,he campaigned some great horses.he won the derby. he goes on my list as a horseman.but my experience has shown,do not let your heart get in the way of your head.depending on how i map out a P4 ticket.she will be a small throw in as a saver.but root for her all you want.you are entitled. people take offense if others root for or against the horse you root for. ignore them and scream your lungs out for ebby tommorow.unfortunately,we will not be singing the same song.
Vertigeneux's offspring are to me what Royal Delta is to Mary Z., so I have to speak up here. Tmallios, I can definitely understand where you're coming from, but if you feel the odds are right I wouldn't be afraid to take a shot. John Sherriffs has proven time and again he knows his horses as well as any trainer alive, and if he thought Eblouissante didn't have a good chance in this race, she wouldn't be here. I won't be betting on this race personally, but I can tell you who I'm expecting to make a race of it down the stretch!
initially i posted that i would take a shot with her in the shuvee off of the long layoff.after looking at my figures,i go back on my statement. she is just not that fast. i have all the respect in the world for john sherriffs.i trust his judgement. but with her more than likely to be over bet due to her relation with zennyata,and so many other fasterhorses in the race.she now might be a good bet against. if she beats me,it won;t be the first or last time it happens.

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