She looked good - not really that far behind honestly when the field approach the 2nd turn - and kicked it up. Nice ride by Corey on a heavily wagered favorite.
In recent weeks, Shirreffs said that Eblouissante had shown more determination in finishing her workouts. She displayed the same tendency in Friday's race, moving from sixth place to second from the end of the backstretch to early stretch.
"It looks like something clicks and she knows she should catch the horses in front of her," Shirreffs said. "We've seen that in the morning.
"Corey did a great job with her. We wanted to find a rhythm."
Shirreffs and Kronfeld are hoping that Eblouissante can start in an allowance race at the end of this meeting on Dec. 16 or at the Santa Anita winter-spring meeting, which opens on Dec. 26.
Eblouissante's win comes almost five years to the day of Zenyatta's debut on Nov. 22, 2007. Zenyatta started her career in a race over 6 1/2 furlongs, winning by three lengths.
You have to feel for the Moss family who also had a runner in the field making her second start.
That was thrilling to watch, and love how you gals got in the picture. Think this is worth moving to the West Coast for?
I noticed Shirriffs also started Zenny at the end of November in her 3 yo year.
Thought she had many characteristics of her sis, in her run, the ears, and the attitude. Think she'll have the dance steps down by next race?
Well, I'd think so. We've got some great trainers who are very welcoming to the fans. I've been up close and personal with Zenyatta. Barn 55 connections are some of the sweetest, kindest and most welcoming connections I've seen and routinely encourage visitors to come see the big horses. I've been a part of Ebby's life since her arrival at Sherriffs barn, visiting with her, watching her work the summer before last at Del Mar, watching her grow. It's been a real blessing and John and Dottie and the crew at the barn have been very generous in letting people share that experience.
And getting my time with I'll Have Another was pretty cool too, have made some real connections with Team O'Neill. I've been following Know More and He's Had Enough for a long time and remember when HHE didn't need the full stall gate.
Everyone's been generally friendly on the backside too, and the west coast trainers are generally pretty encouraging to the fanbase. At least in my experience.
So happy. I couldn't watch live but I sneakily checked FB at work around race time. Sure enough, it blew up. Got home from work and first thing I did was watch the replay. Knowing that she would win, I actually teared up when she played around while coming up on the leaders. So much like big sister.
Winning over a route of ground first time out is not something that's often done. It took 13 years for it to happen at my (cheap) track - a horse I worked with was the first to do it - and it's still only happened here 2-3 times in 17 years.
Can someone explain what a truenicks is and why she got a B+ compared to the other two?
TrueNicks is a nicking service that evaluates sire lines crossed with the sires of the dams. It is notoriously changeable- as I recall Zenyatta had a D nick before she ran which became an A + when her talent surfaced.
A smashing winner in her much anticipated debut last month, Eblouissante, a half sister to 2010 Horse of the Year Zenyatta, will make her second start Dec. 15 at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Entered in the fourth race, an allowance/optional claiming event, Eblouissante's presence adds to an already attractive Saturday program that includes the $250,000 Hollywood Turf Cup (gr. IIT) and the $750,000 CashCall Futurity (gr. II).
Eblouissante will have four opponents in the the Cushion Track event that carries a purse of $48,000 for fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles. Post time is 12:30 p.m. Saturday.