03/23/2013 6:38PM

Gulfstream Park: Twilight Eclipse delivers world-record performance in Pan American

Barbara D. Livingston
Javier Castellano guides Twilight Eclipse to a world-record time of 2:22.63 for 1 1/2 miles on turf.

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.”

Thomas More than 1 year ago
David Chamberlin More than 1 year ago
Twilight Eclipe's final 6 furlongs time would have won most of these races on the dirt so far this meet
Jeffrey Mathews More than 1 year ago
would like 2 ask all players has anyone ever picked winners who set world records on bac 2 bac weekends? major handicapping holla
David Sias More than 1 year ago
Hahaha, Nice. I once picked a horse to win and break the track record in a 6f sprint and he did. I was glad that I said it out loud hahaha.
Jeffrey Mathews More than 1 year ago
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!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
They would get beat soundly by Point Of Entry.
. More than 1 year ago
Another track record would be set
John More than 1 year ago
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 !
Charles Levy More than 1 year ago
Bright Thought broke his MD in LRL for 25 k .
Charles Levy More than 1 year ago
John Bright Thought broke his MD for 25k in MD .On the dirt going 6 fur .
John More than 1 year ago
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 !
David G. More than 1 year ago
Had Secretariat run in this race, the final time woud've been 2:19. John Henry, Fort Marcy or Theatrical, 2:21.
prose More than 1 year ago
That's an interesting comment, David. The late Bobby Frankel, who saw a lot of great horses, was once asked who he thought the greatest horse that ever raced was, and he said, "Secretariat, because he was probably better on turf than he was on dirt.."
Charles Levy More than 1 year ago
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 !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Different "Anonymous" here, but how about "a baked turf course" is going to be much faster than a fair dirt track?
zkid9914 More than 1 year ago
Exactly. Hard as rock.
Charles Levy More than 1 year ago
So the next time he runs the trip notes will say hard as a rock turf a baked turf cource thiss time doesnt count mother nature played a role in it
D Lange More than 1 year ago
No, but it's good for handicappers to know.
Geral John Pinault More than 1 year ago
Incredible perfromance! I don't know why they changed Teaks North's running style. He used to be a closer too...
Irwin Cohen More than 1 year ago