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Jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. celebrates aboard Twilight Gleaming after winning the Juvenile Turf Sprint.
Kicking off the World Championships, the $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint (G2) featured a full field of 12 two-year-olds going 5 furlongs around one turn of the turf. Indian Summer Stakes winner Averly Jane was sent off as the 9-5 favorite over 5-1 second choice Twilight Gleaming, winner of the Prix de la Vallee d'Auge after finishing second in the Queen Mary (H2), and 6-1 third choice Armor, a close third in the Middle Park Stakes (G1) after just missing in the Flying Childers (G3).
Twilight Gleaming leads in the stretch.
Purse: $1,000,000 Distance: 5 furlongs turf
Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place Show 6 Twilight Gleaming Ortiz Jr. 12.40 5.80 4.60 3 Go Bears Go Velazquez 10.60 7.20 2 Kaufymaker Ortiz 11.20 Winning Time: :57.00 $1 Exacta 6-3 67.50 $1 Trifecta 6-3-2 844.70 $1 Superfecta 6-3-2-11 7,403.70
Left: Twilight Gleaming in the winner's circle. Winning owner Barbara Banke said, "She just looked terrific and she's really smart. And you could tell she was just figuring it out. She wasn't hot or bothered or, but she was ready to rumble and she did. Oh, it's so fun. It's really, really fun. Next year will be even more fun because hopefully all COVID restrictions will be off and we'll be able to travel more. So it will be great."
Right: The trophy presentation for the Juvenile Turf Sprint. Winning trainer Wesley Ward said, "We knew we had something special (when 2nd in the Queen Mary at Royal Ascot) and she went over as an accompany mate with Campano to France because she's real docile and got great mind to her and takes everything in stride. She can fly here and there and jumped right into her feet right on the track the next day, like that's where she trains. When she won in France, we brought her back and the plan was to give her good spacing, and every work at Keeneland just kept getting better and better and better and I knew coming into this that she was going to run a big one and she did"
Left: Twilight Gleaming heads out for the post parade. Winning jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. said, "She was breaking a little bit so I don't want to get in the way in the turn so I don't fight too much with her, but when I ask her, I say I'm going to have to go a little early, or what I want to do, but that's racing. You got to play the way the things come up and she did great. When I asked, she responded, she held off everybody, and the last couple lengths she put it into another gear so thank you Barbara and thank you, Wesley, for letting me ride your filly."
Right: Twilight Gleaming heads back to the barn after the race. Ward added, "You try to analyze all these races on paper and then when the gate opens it's a different story. I thought she would be in the second tier because Averly Jane and One Timer are so fast. But she was just mentally coming into this just so fresh and you could just tell with all of her workouts moving forward she was going to be that way and when she popped out of there, I was feeling really good."
Left: Second place finisher Go Bears Go in the post parade. Trainer Dave Loughnane said, "I'm a bit emotional really, he's a superstar. He's been life changing for us. He just sat in the gates for half a stride which might have cost him the race but I can't be disappointed. I'm very proud of the horse and all the team at home. Johnny (Velazquez) gave him a super ride and on another day he might have won. It's a massive day for my career."
Right: Third place finisher Kaufymaker heads out to the track. Jockey Jose Ortiz said, "She ran very good. I made the wrong choice at the top of the lane and I decided to go outside and follow Tyler (Gaffalione). I probably should have stayed inside. It was tight on the inside though. In the end, I was happy and she responded well."
Fifth place finisher and beaten favorite Averly Jane returns after the race. Jockey Tyler Gaffalione said, "She broke sharp but she just didn't really get it going. I looked to my inside and outside and I was already getting outrun. She wasn't grabbing the bit on me so I dropped my hands to see if she will take me a little bit. She did but she just didn't have it today."
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