Twilight Eclipse/Tree of Life See Stakes Action This Weekend
WPT send out stakes runners on both coasts on Saturday afternoon. The 3-year-old closer Twilight Eclipse takes on nine in the $150,000 W.L. McKnight Handicap (G2) run at 1 ½ miles on the turf at Calder Racecourse and juvenile Tree of Life tries the lawn for the first time in the $100,000 Generous Stakes (G3) run at one mile on the turf at Hollywood Park.
Twilight Eclipse won the first two starts of his career at Indiana Downs before being purchased privately by WPT. He’s since run credibly in three stakes races for trainer Tom Albertrani, most recently the Temperence Hill at Belmont Park.
“We’ve always been very, very intrigued by stretching this horse out in distance,” said WPT president Terry Finley. “He acts like he can run all day and we think he’ll love the mile and a half.”
Tree of Life broke his maiden at odds of nearly 23-1 this summer at Del Mar before taking the Barretts Juvenile Stakes in impressive fashion. He’s fresh and ready for a big performance after a tough trip in the Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland.
“Craig (Dollase) and I decided to skip the Delta Jackpot with this horse and keep him home to try the turf,” said Terry Finley. “He had a minor issue pop up, so we regrouped and circled the Generous. There’s a ton of Argentinian turf influence on the dam’s side, so he should love the lawn.”
“This horse is a little bit of a different bird,” laughed Craig Dollase. “He’s been known to goof off and lose his focus on the racetrack, but he was down to business in his breeze late last week at Hollywood. Aaron Gryder loved how he finished up. He’s been known to come back from the track in the mornings kicking and squealing.”
Click here to see the entries for the W.L. McKnight Handicap
Click here to see the entries for the Generous Stakes
Best of luck to all WPT Partners this weekend!