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Gulfstream Park: Twilight Eclipse delivers world-record performance in Pan American
By Mike Welsch
HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Twilight Eclipse got the firm ground he needed and added distance he loves, that combination resulting in not only a four-length victory over Ioya Bigtime in Saturday’s $150,000 Pan American Stakes at Gulfstream Park but a world record in the process.
With leading jockey Javier Castellano riding a flawless race, Twilight Eclipse, the starting highweight under 123 pounds, slipped inside the tiring Ioya Bigtime entering the stretch before drawing off to his second Grade 2 win in his last three starts. Twilight Eclipse also won Calder’s Grade 2 W. L. McKnight in his 3-year-old finale.
Ioya Bigtime attended the early pace of Teaks North, took command before a mile, proved no match for the winner but remained 1 1/2 lengths clear of the 8-5 favorite Newsdad to finish second. Newsdad, the defending Pan Am champion, was forced to race wide while advancing on the final turn and lacked a solid closing response.
Twilight Eclipse ($12.20), a 4-year-old son of Purim, is owned by West Point Thoroughbreds and trained by Tom Albertrani. His final time of 2:22.63 over a very firm turf course eclipsed the track standard of 2:23.07 set nearly seven years earlier by Honey Ryder and the world mark established at Santa Anita just last week by Bright Thought.
“Amazing,” said Albertrani when asked about Twilight Eclipse’s record. “I was surprised when I heard it. I was just happy to win the race for one, the track record here and a world record is a great accomplishment for the horse and the team. He got a great trip, got through inside, kicked, had plenty left. Everything worked in our favor. Firm turf today suited him better than in the Mac Diarmida and so did the extra furlong. He’s definitely a long-distance horse. Everything went right.”
GULFSTREAM TELETIMER MALFUNCTIOING AGAIN
Twilight Eclipe's final 6 furlongs time would have won most of these races on the dirt so far this meet
would like 2 ask all players has anyone ever picked winners who set world records on bac 2 bac weekends? major handicapping holla
just imagine wise dan, suggestive boy, twilight eclipse, bright thought, silentio, all hooking up in the woodford reserve on derbyday WOW!! I LOVE THIS GAME!!
People who complain about Santa Anita, being downhill dont realize, there are other quirks that dont allow for them to go fast early ! First, they do go uphill for the first 100 yards, then they TURN RIGHT, and then crossing the dirt course, everyone takes hold and turns back left, so its not all flat and at full speed. And to think, the California winner was run for $25,000 (tag) at Laurel !
Lets hope everyone stays healthy, this could be a great Breeders Cup, 2 world record holders in one race, and they might not go favored , thats what makes fun racing ! Interesting week of racing indeed !
Had Secretariat run in this race, the final time woud've been 2:19. John Henry, Fort Marcy or Theatrical, 2:21.
Here you go Anonymous . Twilight Eclipse sat a world record ! Now tell us how it doesnt count or there was a down hill slope or there was a tailwind . Maybe the rail was out or Castellano cheated . Cant wait to see what BS you have for this one . 2 world records in less then a week . On the West and East Coast !
Incredible perfromance! I don't know why they changed Teaks North's running style. He used to be a closer too...
newsdad not day AT LEAST GET THE DAMN NMAE RIGHT IF YOUR GONNA COMMENT ON IT SO OFF THE MARK ALL THE WAY AROUND U ARE !!!
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