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 and the $750,000 CashCall Futurity.
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.
Stabled at Hollywood Park for more than three years, Zenyatta won eight times in as many starts over Cushion Track, including an unprecedented three victories in the grade I Vanity Handicap (2008-2010).
A dark bay who was bred in Kentucky, Eblouissante debuted Nov. 16 going 1 1/16 miles at Hollywood. That was a longer distance than Zenyatta, who won at 6 1/2 furlongs in her first outing Nov. 22, 2007 at Hollywood. The races, though, were won in similar style, with both unleashing a powerful late run.
Seventh of eight under jockey Corey Nakatani for a good portion of her maiden special weight debut, Eblouissante made a sweeping move around the final turn, collared pacesetter Saturday Nite Ride with a little more than a sixteenth of a mile to run, and drew off to win by 4 1/4 lengths.
The victory was worth $27,000 for Eblouissante, who has two recorded drills over Cushion Track since the initial effort. She went a half mile in :52 2/5 Dec. 2 and five furlongs in 1:00 3/5 a week later.
Nakatani will again ride Eblouissante, who will break from post 3 and carry 121 pounds.
From inside out, the field also includes Glowing Spirit, Edwin Maldonado rides, 124 pounds; The Only Key, Victor Espinoza, 124; Include the Cat, Garrett Gomez, 124 and Toomanytomatoes, Rafael Bejarano, 121.