Downs After Dark: Breeders’ Cup Winner Twilight Gleaming Stars In Mamzelle – Horse Racing News


Irad Ortiz, Jr. celebrates the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint victory with Twilight Gleaming

Stonestreet Stables’ $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint (Grade 2) winner Twilight Gleaming (IRE) is set to face 11 rivals in Saturday night’s featured $160,000 Mamzelle Overnight Stakes at Churchill Downs.

The five-furlong Mamzelle, run over the Matt Winn Turf Course, is carded as Race 9 of 11 with a post time of 10:11 pm (all times Eastern). First post for Downs After Dark is 6 pm

Trained by Wesley Ward, the speedy Twilight Gleaming scored a half-length victory in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint at Del Mar. The daughter of National Defense (GB) made her 3-year-old debut last month in the $200,000 Palisades at Keeneland where she was narrowly defeated as the 4-5 favorite. Tyler Gaffalione has the mount Saturday from post No. 5.

The field for the Mamzelle from the rail out (with jockey and trainer):

  1. Trobairitz (Corey Lanerie, Neil Pessin)
  2. Mystic Eyes (Ricardo Santana Jr., Todd Pletcher)
  3. Margie’s Kitchen (Jack Gilligan, Michelle Lovell)
  4. Boxing Day (Adam Beschizza, Brendan Walsh)
  5. Twilight Gleaming (IRE) (Gaffalione, Ward)
  6. Sunday Grace (Edgar Morales, Rey Hernandez)
  7. Royal County (Sonny Leon, Eric Reed)
  8. Majestic d’Oro (Joe Talamo, Brendan Walsh)
  9. Street Tapper (Rey Gutierrez, Bret Calhoun)
  10. Atros (Julien Leparoux, Rusty Arnold)
  11. Tizplenty (Vincent Cheminaud, Steve Asmussen)
  12. Devine Charger (Brian Hernandez Jr., Jordan Blair)

Saturday’s Downs After Dark theme is “Bourbon and Beats.” Gates open at 5 pm and tickets can be purchased online at General admission and first floor seating is $14. Reserved box seats are $17 and premium dining options start at $82.

The racing week starts Thursday at Churchill Downs with a special late post time of 5 pm for Twilight Thursday. Fans can enjoy the eight-race card while sipping on $2 select domestic canned beer and Blue Moon draft. The evening also features live music by Butch Rice, food trucks (All Thaid Up, Crave a Go Go, Copper Kitchen, 502 Kitchen, Flavorville and Sweet N Savory) and more. General admission is just $7 and can be purchased on

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