West Virginia Executive Summer 2014 - Page 115

In the Pan American Stakes at Gulfstream Park last year, Twilight Eclipse set a world record time of 2:22.63 for 1½ miles. Early in the horse’s career, Twilight ran in a small stakes race at Belmont Park in New York, going 1 1/8 miles. Though he came in third place, Holland and the horse’s trainer, Tom Albertrani, were convinced they had seen a spark in the young horse. “We witnessed something that day that was a game-changer,” says Holland. “At the end of the race, all the other horses were exhausted, but Twilight Eclipse was running up and down the track, galloping and playing. He wasn’t even breathing hard. Albertrani turned to me and said, ‘This horse obviously wants more distance,’ and I couldn’t have agreed more.” As part owner of Twilight Eclipse, Holland believes their team will guide the gelding to great success. “The hardest thing for an owner to learn is just because you own a horse doesn’t mean you know how to train one,” says Holland. “The owner’s real responsibility is to find the right combination of jockey and trainer. Our combination seems to be a perfect fit, and I couldn’t be happier.” When Twilight Eclipse is in racing mode, he has a regimented training routine that Albertrani has down to a science. “Since Twilight Eclipse runs longer races, Albertrani works him easy, trying to get him to relax until the jockey, Jose Lezcano, asks him to go, and then the horse explodes into Jockey Jose Lezcan