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'Ebby' scratched from second start after bruising hip

Eblouissante, a sophomore half-sister to 2010 Horse of the Year Zenyatta, was scratched Saturday at Hollywood Park, less than 30 minutes prior to what was to be her second career start.

An impressive debut winner on November 16 for owner-breeder Eric Kronfeld, the three-year-old daughter of Bernardini and the prolific broodmare Vertigineux banged her hip leaving the receiving barn, losing some of her hide in the process, according to the Hollywood stewards.

This necessitated Eblouissante's declaration from the afternoon's 4TH, an optional claimer going 1 1/16 miles over the Cushion Track. The Kentucky-bred dark bay miss was 1-9 when the scratch was announced.

Whether or not she misses any training remains to be seen, according to John Shirreffs, who also conditioned Zenyatta during a brilliant career that included 19 wins in 20 starts and earnings of $7,304,580.

"She bruised her hip," Shirreffs said. "It's hard to say (if she'll miss any training). We'll have to see how she is when she walks out of the stall (Sunday)."


 


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