A 7-year-old gelded son of Purim, Twilight Eclipse will be making his seasonal bow in the Mac Diarmida for the fourth straight year. Fourth in 2013, he was a one-length winner as the favorite in 2014 and finished second to Main Sequence in 2015.
Twilight Eclipse finished in the money six times in eight starts last year with one win—the Man o’ War (gr. IT) at Belmont Park, also at 1 3/8 miles on turf—and earnings of $528,200 to push his career bankroll over $1.8 million.
“The last two years he’s had (great seasons),” said trainer Tom Albertrani. “He’s been probably the most unlucky horse on the track. He always seems to run his race, but there’s always a race or two where he’s found himself in some trouble. Hopefully we can get a little better racing luck with him, and if he keeps his form, I think we’ll have another great season with him.”
Albertrani gave Twilight Eclipse his annual winter vacation after an eighth-place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Turf (gr. IT) at Keeneland Oct. 31, and he shows a regular string of works since Jan. 8 at Palm Meadows, Gulfstream’s satellite training facility in Palm Beach County.
“Twilight is doing super. For 7-years-old, he couldn’t be better,” Albertrani said. “You would never know it. Being around him, he looks better now than I think I’ve ever seen him. He’s just physically really filled out. The horse looks super.”
Twilight Eclipse’s final work in preparation for the Mac Diarmida: