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Eblouissante entered in Thursday allowance; Balance to
Two half-sisters to Zenyatta are back in the news. Newly-turned four-year-old Eblouissante,
who scored a visually impressive win in her November 16 debut, is entered in Thursday's
7TH race at Santa Anita. And Zenyatta's older half-sister, the 10-year-old
broodmare Balance, is set
to visit unbeaten phenom Frankel.
|Eblouissante aims to go two-for-two
Eblouissante is trained by John Shirreffs, who directed Zenyatta to 19 victories in her first 19 races
before she suffered her only defeat in the 2010 Breeders' Cup Classic.
Zenyatta's legion of fans had been eagerly awaiting the premiere of
Eblouissante. Shirreffs brought the Eric Kronfeld homebred along patiently, and
Eblouissante recorded works over a 17-month span before she was pronounced ready
Sent off as the 7-5 favorite in her unveiling at Hollywood Park, Eblouissante
conjured up images of Zenyatta when she rallied from near the tail of the field
to win by 4 1/4 lengths. The final time of 1:45 1/5 for 1 1/16 miles on Cushion
Track wasn't overwhelming, but the daughter of Bernardini did it the right way,
and is very much the type to keep improving.
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."
Eblouissante was expected to make her second start in a December 15 allowance
over the same track and trip, only to be scratched after a minor mishap. She
banged into a stall door and scraped her hip shortly before she was due to head
to the paddock.
The nearly-black filly didn't miss a beat thereafter, though. Right back on
the Hollywood worktab on December 21, Eblouissante has since posted three more
moves, capped by a five-furlong drill in 1:00 4/5 on Saturday.
Eblouissante will race on dirt for the first time in Thursday's 1 1/16-mile
allowance/optional claimer. Only four others are entered, and she is drawn on
the outside in post 5.
Her rivals are Torrey Pines Stakes runner-up Viva Carina, most recently
fourth in the Grade 3 Autumn Miss on turf; Double Ante, who just missed in an
entry-level allowance at Hollywood last out; Pink Blossom; and Folk Dancer, who
is in for the $40,000 tag.
Meanwhile, in other Zenyatta family news, half-sister Balance is just
settling into her new quarters in England as she awaits her date with Frankel.
|Headley Bell tweeted the happy news about Balance
"Balance arrived safely yesterday in England with plans for mating to
sensation Frankel," Mill Ridge's Headley Bell tweeted Monday, adding that she is "boarded at Newmarket
with Brian O'Rourke."
A multiple Grade 1-winning millionaire herself, Balance captured the Grade 1
Santa Anita Oaks and Grade 1 Las Virgenes in 2006. At four in 2007, the daughter
of Thunder Gulch added the Grade 1 Santa Margarita Invitational Handicap and
Grade 2 La Canada to her resume.
Balance has produced three registered foals so far -- the
unraced four-year-old Mr. Besilu, by A.P. Indy, who topped the 2010 Keeneland
September Yearling Sale at $4.2 million; unraced three-year-old Go Nineteen, by Street Cry, a $750,000 Keeneland
September purchase who was subsequently exported to Japan; and a newly-minted
yearling colt by Smart Strike.
Meanwhile, Zenyatta produced her first foal, a colt by Bernardini, last
March, and is currently in foal to Tapit. A nine-year-old by Street Cry,
Zenyatta resides at Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Kentucky.
Zenyatta, Balance and Eblouissante are all out of the Kris S. mare
Vertigineux, the 2008 Broodmare of the Year.
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