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Eblouissante y Zenyatta. (Foto cortesia de Benoit & Associates)

En el deporte, en la competencia de alto nivel, en la competencia diaria, en la vida general, hay casos donde la genética, la transmisión de la herencia biológica de generación en generación, se muestra como un patrón científico irrefutable.

Hace casi 6 años, Zenyatta, proclamada caballo del año 2010, hacía su debut en forma airosa en el hipódromo de Hollywood Park, iniciando de esta forma una formidable, irrepetible y casi épica campaña que la llevó a conseguir 19 triunfos consecutivos, 17 de ellos clásicos, y 13 de estos últimos de la exclusiva categoría Grupo 1, perdiendo sólo por cabeza en su última actuación, la Breeders Cup Classic del año 2010.

De propiedad del desaparecido Eric N. Kronfeld, un neoyorquino que hablaba duro y era un abogado que dejó su marca en la industria musical, formando compañías discográficas con productores legendarios, Kronfeld encontró el éxito también en la cría de caballos de carrera, cruzando a su yegua For The Flag con Kris S. produciendo a Vertigineux, madre de tres ganadoras clásicas: Where´s Bailey, Balance, y Zenyatta, las dos últimas ganadoras de Grado 1 y la última una múltiple campeona y única hembra en ganar la Breeders´Cup Classic.

Hace casi un año, en el mismo escenario que vio las tardes de gloria de su hermana mayor, debutó Eblouissante, adjetivo francés que significa "deslumbrante, arrolladora¨. Y no pudo hacerle mejor honor a su nombre.

Alistada por John Shirreffs, quien también entrenó a Zenyatta, el estreno de Eblouissante no pudo ser mejor, reveló la calidad que distingue a los campeones y con el mismo libreto de su hermana vino al fondo al comienzo y luego pasó como postes a sus rivales para ganar por 4 1/4 cuerpos.

EBLOUISSANTE

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Foto cortesia de Benoit & Associates

Emular las hazañas de su hermana Zenyatta, era un reto enorme, una cima casi imposible de igualar y menos aún de poder superar para Eblouissante. Sin embargo, Eblouissante pareció haberlo aceptado. La pupila de Shirreffs volvió a ganar una vez más antes de ser derrotada en el Shuvee Handicap el 20 de Julio en Saratoga, donde instantes antes de la partida se golpeó en el partidor rompiéndose dos dientes y sufriendo varios cortes en sus patas.

Inscrita ahora entre 3,602 caballos a ser ofertados en los remates de Keeneland entre el 5 y 14 de Noviembre, es muy probable que Eblouissante se una a su hermana mayor en la reproducción y continúe el legado de su noble familia, dando lustre y brillo a la industria hípica con sus futuras crías. En su árbol familiar, parece existir y repetirse una mágica molécula, fruto de una esmeradísima y sabia selección natural, la molécula que transmite, sin equivocarse, ADN de campeones.

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English translation

DNA OF CHAMPIONS

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Eblouissant (left) and her older Zenyatta. (Photo courtesy of Benoit & Associates) 

In sports, in high-level competition, in daily competition, in life in general, there are cases where genetics, the transmission of the biological heredity from generation to generation, is shown as an irrefutable scientific pattern.

Almost six years ago, Zenyatta, the 2010 Horse of the Year, made her graceful debut at Hollywood Park, thus beginning a formidable, unique and almost epic career that saw her earne 19 straight wins, 17 of them in graded stakes races, and 13 of the exclusive Grade 1 category, losing only by a head in her last performance, the Breeders Cup Classic in 2010.

Zenyatta was bred by the late Eric N. Kronfeld, a tough-talking New Yorker who was a lawyer and made his mark in the music industry, forming record companies with legendary producers. Kronfeld also found success breeding racehorses, crossing his mare For the Flag with Kris S. to produce Vertigineux, from whom he bred three stakes winners: Where's Bailey, Balance, and Zenyatta, the final two Grade 1 winners and the last a multiple champion and the only female to win the Breeders’ Cup Classic.

Eblouissante (a French word meaning dazzling, overwhelming) debuted almost a year ago on the same stage that saw the glory afternoons of her older sister, and she could not have lived up better to her name.

Trained by John Shirreffs, who also conditioned Zenyatta, Eblouissante’s debut could not have been better, revealing the quality that distinguishes champions. Following the same script delivered by her sister, she settled well back early and then passed her rivals as if they were poles to win by 4 1/4 lengths.

EBLOUISSANTE WINNING DEBUT

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Photo courtesy of Benoit & Associates

To emulate the feats of her sister Zenyatta was a huge challenge, a peak almost impossible to match much less to overcome, for Eblouissante. However, Eblouissante seemed to have accepted the challenge. The Shirreffs pupil won again once more before being defeated in the Grade 3 Shuvee Handicap on July 20 at Saratoga, where moments before the start she acted up in the gate breaking two teeth and grabbed herself in a couple of spots on her legs.

Now listed among 3,602 horses Keeneland has catalogued for its 2013 November breeding stock sale, which runs from Nov. 5-14, Eblouissante is expected to join her older sister in the breeding shed with an opportunity to continue the legacy of this noble family, giving luster and shine to the racing industry with their future offspring. In their family tree, there seems to exist and be repeated a magical molecule, fruit of a careful and wise natural selection, that transmits, without mistakes, the DNA of champions.

 

 

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Michael Burns

Michael Burns is a recognized international Thoroughbred writer, permanent contributor of prestigious industry trades, such as Blood-Horse, Racing Post and Thoroughbred Daily News, and served as the hispanic media publicist for Betfair Hollywood Park.

He covered South American racing and breeding for the Thoroughbred Times for a span of 10 years and worked as a North American correspondent for racing publications in South America.

A Communications graduate of California State University of Los Angeles, he wrote the essays corresponding to the prominent South American sires Embrujo, Practicante and Cipayo for the collection book "Great Thoroughbred Sires of the World."

En Espanol: Michael Burns, es un reconocido periodista hípico internacional, permanente colaborador de prestigiosas revistas especializadas de la industria, tales como Blood Horse, Racing Post y Thoroughbred Daily News, y detenta actualmente el cargo de Hispanic Media Publicist en Betfair Hollywood Park.

Image Description

Michael Burns

Michael Burns is a recognized international Thoroughbred writer, permanent contributor of prestigious industry trades, such as Blood-Horse, Racing Post and Thoroughbred Daily News, and served as the hispanic media publicist for Betfair Hollywood Park.

He covered South American racing and breeding for the Thoroughbred Times for a span of 10 years and worked as a North American correspondent for racing publications in South America.

A Communications graduate of California State University of Los Angeles, he wrote the essays corresponding to the prominent South American sires Embrujo, Practicante and Cipayo for the collection book "Great Thoroughbred Sires of the World."

En Espanol: Michael Burns, es un reconocido periodista hípico internacional, permanente colaborador de prestigiosas revistas especializadas de la industria, tales como Blood Horse, Racing Post y Thoroughbred Daily News, y detenta actualmente el cargo de Hispanic Media Publicist en Betfair Hollywood Park.

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