Like her half-sister, Eblouissante started late in her 3-year-old year. Her last start was a victory in a January 17 race at Santa Anita (Photo courtesy Benoit & Associates).
Edited Press Release
Off since winning her second straight race on January 17, Eblouissante, the younger half-sister to champion Zenyatta returns to the races on Saturday in the $200,000 Lumber Shuvee Handicap at Saratoga.
The 4-year-old daughter of Bernardini last raced in California and relocated to New York with trainer John Shirreffs this spring. Eblouissante won her first two races in exciting fashion at Hollywood Park and Santa Anita, debuting late in her 3-year-old season. Shirreffs said the imposing filly developed even more as a 4-year-old, something her older sister did as well.
“After she arrived here she has started to fill out,” said Shirreffs. “She has grown a lot and has put on a significant amount of weight, so I’m really happy with the way she has developed over the last month. She looks strong. I think time is the most important ingredient in a horse’s development. Their bodies need a chance to catch up."
Eblouissante is also under consideration for an optional claiming race on July 22 at the same track. If she runs in the Shuvee, she will break from the third post with Junior Alvarado. She is listed at odds of 4-1 on the morning line.
The filly comes from a successful female family as she is also a half-sister to multiple graded stakes winner Balance. Eblouissante’s dam Vertigineux gave birth to a full brother to Zenyatta earlier this year.