(Trainer Wesley Ward will saddle Twilight Gleaming in Churchill Downs’ featured Mamzelle Overnight Stakes this Saturday night / Coady Photography)
From the Churchill Downs Media Team:
Stonestreet Stables’ $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint (Grade II) 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 p.m. (all times Eastern). First post for Downs After Dark is 6 p.m.
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): Trobairitz (Corey Lanerie, Neil Pessin); Mystic Eyes (Ricardo Santana Jr., Todd Pletcher); Margie’s Kitchen (Jack Gilligan, Michelle Lovell); Boxing Day (Adam Beschizza, Brendan Walsh); Twilight Gleaming (IRE) (Gaffalione, Ward); Sunday Grace(Edgar Morales, Rey Hernandez); Royal County (Sonny Leon, Eric Reed); Majestic d’Oro (Joe Talamo, Brendan Walsh); Street Tapper (Rey Gutierrez, Bret Calhoun); Atros (Julien Leparoux, Rusty Arnold); Tizplenty (Vincent Cheminaud, Steve Asmussen); and Devine Charger (Brian Hernandez Jr., Jordan Blair).
Saturday’s Downs After Dark theme is “Bourbon and Beats.” Gates open at 5 p.m. and tickets can be purchased online at www.churchilldowns.com. 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 p.m. 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 www.churchilldowns.com/tickets.
The first race on Friday and Sunday is 12:45 p.m.
For more information about the Spring Meet, visit https://www.churchilldowns.com/calendar/featured-events/.