Z’s sis Eblouissante now 2-for-2

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'Ebby' winning her second career start at Santa Anita 'Ebby' winning her second career start at Santa Anita

Eblouissante (pronounced EH-BLUE-EE-SANT), a 4-year-old half sister to the legendary Zenyatta who is also conditioned by John Shirreffs, faced winners for the first time in Thursday’s $58,000 Mojave River Purse at Santa Anita and at odds of 1-2, left little doubt that she has stakes races in her future, winning by 1 3/4 lengths while covering 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.89.

Like her near-perfect sister, Eblouissante broke slowly in the five-horse Mojave River, but unlike Zenyatta, showed good tactical speed under Corey Nakatani, as she was just 5 lengths off pacesetter Folk Dancer and Julien Leparoux midway around the Club House turn.  By the time the field hit the top of the stretch, the Kentucky-bred daughter of  Bernardini had taken Nakatani to a head advantage over over 44-1 shot Pink Blossom and Alonso Quinonez.

“She’s such a big filly,” said Nakatani.  “They ran away from her a little, so I just dropped her steady inside.  The plan was to see how she handled the dirt today and she handled it better than we thought she would.  Obviously, it didn’t bother her.  What more can you say, except that I’m ecstatic she’s back and in John’s care.  She’s tremendous.”

Trained by Bruce Headley, Pink Blossom made Eblouissante work to the wire and under some urging, Nakatani increased his advantage in the final sixteenth of a mile.

“She sat nicely,” said Shirreffs.  “She moved up nicely.  She stayed right where Corey wanted her, and at the end picked it up a little more.  It was very good.”

An impressive debut winner at Betfair Hollywood Park on Nov. 16, Eblouissante is now a perfect two for two.  She paid $3.00, $2.40 and $2.10.  With the Mojave River winner’s share of $34,800, she hiked her earnings to $61,800.

Shirreffs indicated that Eblouissante’s next start would be determined in consultation with owner/breeder Eric Kronfeld, who is based in New York.

Pink Blossom, who finished 2 ¼ lengths clear of Folk Dancer, paid $10.80 and $6.40.  Folk Dancer returned $4.60 to show.

There is a Pick Six carryover of $59,161 into Friday at Santa Anita and it is expected Friday’s total Pick Six pool will exceed $300,000. 

First post time is at 1 p.m. and the Pick Six will cover races three through eight.

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  • desertrailrat

    That was pretty wild how she went from 1/9 to 1/2 so quick.  Whoever dropped those win bet bombs on the #1 and 2 are going to have a headache in the morning.  Also pretty wild that not one horse was covered in the pick 6 going into race 8 considering Eblouissante won.  Joe Talamo, the one man carryover army.  Glad I wasn’t wagering, good lord I used to hate it when those Warren horses would win with pedigrees so obscure an Equineline search result would turn up “WTF, who?”

    Great job by Shirreffs and his crew, fun to watch!  Anyone else have a flashback after the race with that look on her face, ears pricked, standing there looking like a sculpture?

    Go Ebby! 

    Oh and one last thing, anyone who thinks it was a good idea for Gary Stevens to return, do this for me: watch the stretch drive in race 2 in slow motion.  I don’t care what sport it is when you are 50, you sure aren’t 23 anymore.  Explosion. stamina, flexibility, Talamo looked like he was going to snap the horses neck off while Gary looked like he was on an Equisizer.  Yes I know brains and craftyness are huge in race riding but it sure isn’t going to get easier at Keeneland and The Spa!  Just an observation, not a slight, Gary has always been awesome. 

    • Bookie Buster

       Stevens as of 1/17/2013

      2013 Statistics:
      Starts: 10
      Firsts: 1
      Seconds: 2
      Thirds: 1
      Earnings: $59,120
      Avg. Earnings Per Start: $5,912

      Not exactly hall of fame stats…

      • LongTimeEconomist

        Not exactly a large enough sample to make such a judgement on, is it?

        • Bookie Buster

          Judgement? Hand picking your mounts (he didn’t even ride Friday) would suggest this sampling is pretty spot on as to what will transpire long term. At this rate he should be race fit by May as we all know riding out in the morning is hardly the same as race riding in the afternoon.

          A judgement would be more along the lines of a 50 year old man with bad knees and an insurance payoff on those same knees years ago is fooling himself to believe those same knees can hold up to the rigors or race riding, even part time. A jockeys knees not only provide a balance point in a race they are also part of the “engine” that pushes a horse home in the drive to the wire.

          Unless he has bionic parts now :) which is a possibility an unconfirmed source has stated to me between puffs of a big ole cigar.

  • desertrailrat

    That was pretty wild how she went from 1/9 to 1/2 so quick.  Whoever dropped those win bet bombs on the #1 and 2 are going to have a headache in the morning.  Also pretty wild that not one horse was covered in the pick 6 going into race 8 considering Eblouissante won.  Joe Talamo, the one man carryover army.  Glad I wasn’t wagering, good lord I used to hate it when those Warren horses would win with pedigrees so obscure an Equineline search result would turn up “WTF, who?”

    Great job by Shirreffs and his crew, fun to watch!  Anyone else have a flashback after the race with that look on her face, ears pricked, standing there looking like a sculpture?

    Go Ebby! 

    Oh and one last thing, anyone who thinks it was a good idea for Gary Stevens to return, do this for me: watch the stretch drive in race 2 in slow motion.  I don’t care what sport it is when you are 50, you sure aren’t 23 anymore.  Explosion. stamina, flexibility, Talamo looked like he was going to snap the horses neck off while Gary looked like he was on an Equisizer.  Yes I know brains and craftyness are huge in race riding but it sure isn’t going to get easier at Keeneland and The Spa!  Just an observation, not a slight, Gary has always been awesome. 

  • Terri Zeitz

    Since Ebby is 3/4 related to Zenyatta’s son, just think of his potential. She has the powerful hindquarters of Zenny and that marvelous closing kick; she has Zenny’s long gait. And she started to prance and dance a bit. Ebby also did the Zenny pose. How wonderful this is for the Sheriff’s barn and her owner and breeder, Mr. Kronfield. If she does well this year, her dam, Vertigeneaux, is a shoe-in for Brood Mare of the year for 2013.

  • Terri Zeitz

    Since Ebby is 3/4 related to Zenyatta’s son, just think of his potential. She has the powerful hindquarters of Zenny and that marvelous closing kick; she has Zenny’s long gait. And she started to prance and dance a bit. Ebby also did the Zenny pose. How wonderful this is for the Sheriff’s barn and her owner and breeder, Mr. Kronfield. If she does well this year, her dam, Vertigeneaux, is a shoe-in for Brood Mare of the year for 2013.

  • Cheri Vaughan

    Fortissimo!!!

  • Cheri Vaughan

    Fortissimo!!!

  • Got2bmarty

    Excellent! I can’t wait for her next race.

  • Got2bmarty

    Excellent! I can’t wait for her next race.

  • JLC

    LONG LEAN ALERT MACHINE…She’s hot!!  Congrats to all…  :-)  

  • JLC

    LONG LEAN ALERT MACHINE…She’s hot!!  Congrats to all…  :-)  

  • Bookie Buster

     Stevens as of 1/17/2013

    2013 Statistics:
    Starts: 10
    Firsts: 1
    Seconds: 2
    Thirds: 1
    Earnings: $59,120
    Avg. Earnings Per Start: $5,912

    Not exactly hall of fame stats…

  • diastu in tempe

    Stood in the back yard as a text from an on the scene friend came in that she had won. Did a “whooop!” and happy dance right there! Neighbors think I’m nuts (yep). Watched the video afterwards and yesiree, Desertrailrat – I thought I was watching a clip of Zenny in the winner’s circle too! What a pose! YAY! Made my day.

  • diastu in tempe

    Stood in the back yard as a text from an on the scene friend came in that she had won. Did a “whooop!” and happy dance right there! Neighbors think I’m nuts (yep). Watched the video afterwards and yesiree, Desertrailrat – I thought I was watching a clip of Zenny in the winner’s circle too! What a pose! YAY! Made my day.

  • LongTimeEconomist

    Not exactly a large enough sample to make such a judgement on, is it?

  • Bookie Buster

    Judgement? Hand picking your mounts (he didn’t even ride Friday) would suggest this sampling is pretty spot on as to what will transpire long term. At this rate he should be race fit by May as we all know riding out in the morning is hardly the same as race riding in the afternoon.

    A judgement would be more along the lines of a 50 year old man with bad knees and an insurance payoff on those same knees years ago is fooling himself to believe those same knees can hold up to the rigors or race riding, even part time. A jockeys knees not only provide a balance point in a race they are also part of the “engine” that pushes a horse home in the drive to the wire.

    Unless he has bionic parts now :) which is a possibility an unconfirmed source has stated to me between puffs of a big ole cigar.

  • TJ

    Love the big boys and girls.  Always have.  Always will. Long legs and a large heart are the best.

  • TJ

    Love the big boys and girls.  Always have.  Always will. Long legs and a large heart are the best.

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