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Twilight Eclipse Goes For Redemption In Sunday's G1 United Nations

Posted Saturday, Jul 4, 2015

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Twilight Eclipse returns for redemption in Sunday’s Grade 1, $500,000 United Nations Stakes at Monmouth Park, going a mile and three eighths on the turf, after missing by a neck in last year’s edition to Horse of the Year finalist Main Sequence. The United Nations is a Breeders’ Cup Win & You’re In event for the Turf Division.

            “He has been training super,” said trainer Tom Albertrani, who conditions the horse for West Point Thoroughbreds. “He had a strong work last week and is ready to go for Sunday.”

            That last workout came on June 26 where he went five furlongs over a fast Belmont Park main track in 1:00. It was the fastest time by any of the 13 horses that went five furlongs on that day.

            The 6-year-old gelding by Purim out of the Twilight Agenda mare My Twilight Dancer last ran in the Grade 1 Manhattan on the Belmont Stakes undercard. He sat right off the lead early in the race but never got going down the stretch, finishing seventh behind eventual winner Slumber and place finisher Big Blue Kitten, who are both Grade 1 winners entered in Sunday’s U.N.

            His latest triumph came on May 9 in the Grade 1 Man O’War at Belmont Park where he battled War Dancer, who was trying to take the field wire-to-wire, the entire stretch before gaining the lead with 100 yards to go and winning by a neck.

            “There doesn’t seem to be a lot of speed early in the race,” said Albertrani.  “He likes to sit closer to the pace and then make a big move coming for home.”

            Claude McGaughey III’s Grade 1 winning trainee Imagining ships in after running in the Man O’War with his latest victory coming in the Pan American at Gulfstream Park on March 28.

            Twilight Eclipse hopes to get the last laugh this time against Main Sequence, who has beaten him in five straight races they have been entered in together dating back to last year.

            The United Nations is race 11 on Sunday’s 12-race card. The Grade 3 Salvator Mile will be also be featured on Sunday. Both races will be televised live on Fox Sports 1 starting at 4:30 p.m. Gates open at 11:30 a.m., with first post at 12:50 p.m.

 


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