Eblouissante, a half sister to 2012 Horse of the Year Zenyatta, banged her hip on the receiving barn door just 30 minutes before she was about to load into the gate for Saturdays fourth race at Betfair Hollywood Park. The injury removed a layer of skin and left a bruise on the strapping dark bay filly which, in turn, forced her to scratch out of the optional claiming race.
“She bruised her hip,” trainer John Shirreffs said on Saturday evening.”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).”
One Sunday afternoon Sherriffs updated her situation by saying “She’s good this morning; It was a contusion or abrasion. It took some hair off and it’s bruised. We’re treating it topically now. We iced it about four or five times (Saturday). She’s walking good on it so we’re going to take her out and train her and see how she handles it.”
When asked how the injury occurred Shirreffs said:
“The horses go to the receiving barn and the man says put your horses in the stalls,” he said.”They come out of the stalls in post position order, and sometimes they get a little anxious because they see the horse leaving in front of them. Sometimes they want to come out of the door a little more on the muscle than they should.
“She didn’t jump through the door or anything, she just wiggled through the side and leaned a thousand pounds into her hip on the edge of the door. She bruised it pretty good.”
“I called the vet over because when she came out of the door, she didn’t want to put her foot down. She bruised it, so it was stinging her a little bit. We walked her a couple of steps and she wasn’t walking properly. That’s when I asked the vet to come over and take a look at her and said to scratch her.”
Eblouissante’s second start is being highly anticipated (She was 1-9 on the morning line odds) being she was an impressive 4 1/2-length debut winner over maidens going 1 1/16 miles Nov. 16. She is owned by her breeder, Eric Kronfeld (who also bred Zenyatta).
In other news:
Violence remained unbeaten in three starts when he ran down Fury Kapcori in mid stretch in the $750,000 CashCall Futurity also at Betfair Hollywood Park this past Saturday.
Trainer by Todd Pletcher and ridden by Javier Castellano, Violence defeated Fury Kapcori by 1 1/4 lengths while completing the 1 1/16-mile distance in 1:43.2. Den’s Legacy, one of four entrants from the Bob Baffert stable, came third.
Violence, who was the 6-5 favorite post time in the field of 11, was making his first start around two turns in the CashCall Futurity.
At the start, Fury Kapcori broke well and quickly established the early lead under Joe Talamo before Really Mr Greely took over on his outside while running the opening quarter in a quick :22.4. Fury Kapcori fought back along the inside to put his head in front after a half mile in :46 flat. Those two past the six furlong marker in 1:10.4 as Fury Kapcori took a one-length advantage.
At that point Violence, who had angled to the inside, drew into contention and took command at the eighth pole. Castellano kept him colt busy as Fury Kapcori proved a stubborn foe and would not give way easily.
“He’s a colt that we’ve thought a lot of all along,” said Pletcher, ”He’s a big, leggy colt that we felt like was going to continue to improve and mature, after he won first time out, we talked about a couple of strategies. One was to try and make the Breeders’ Cup and the other was a more patient strategy”.
“We decided that if we were going to run him once more this year, this race made the most sense. Another factor in deciding to ship out here is that he is the kind of horse that has such a great disposition and good mind that shipping wouldn’t bother him at all.”
Pletcher added that Violence will get some time off and probably won’t make his 3-year-old debut until sometime in late February or early March.
Castellano is looking forward to 2013 with Violence.
“I positioned myself in a very good spot around the first turn and I believe that was the key to winning this race,” said Castellano. “You don’t want to be too far back, particularly in a race for 2-year-olds”.
“I had a lot of confidence in this colt. He is so calm and handles himself very professionally. I think he is a special horse and I am really looking forward to big times.”
Oxbow was fourth at 60-1, followed by Breeders’ Cup Juvenile runner-up (and my pick) He’s Had Enough, Carving, Dirty Swagg, Little Jerry, Really Mr Greely, Simon Eyes, and Title Contender.
(My apologizes, I was having some problems posting the race replay, so I just put the link up instead)