TRAINER RONNIE CRAVENS III RETURNS BLINKERS TO TWILIGHT CURFEW, FILLY RECIPROCATES WITH VICTORY
Twilight Curfew had run third to two of the top turf fillies/mares on the grounds in the $130,000 Oklahoma Classics Distaff Turf last time out.
After losing to multiple stakes winners Run Slewpy Run and her half-sister, Alternative Slew, on Oct. 15, trainer Ronnie Cravens III dropped Twilight Curfew in class and put blinkers back on. It proved to be the winning combination for Thursday night’s featured allowance race on the grass at one mile.
Run Slewpy Run and Alternative Slew have won the last three Oklahoma Classics Distaff Turf races and finished 5-3/4 lengths ahead of Twilight Curfew in this year’s edition. There were no stakes class horses in Thursday night’s first-level allowance race greensward, but this group of Oklahoma-bred fillies and mares made Twilight Curfew work for it despite her 3-5 odds as the heavy wagering favorite.
This 3-year-old daughter of Twirling Candy, out of the Giant’s Causeway mare Code Book, made a strong push in the stretch on the turf course to outlast the huge longshot Wild Prospect (59-1 odds) by a neck. Saturday Service (18-1) finished another head back in third for a blanket photo finish.
Three-time leading jockey David Cabrera rode Twilight Curfew for all he was worth and got the filly home for owner Champion Racing Stable (Ricky Cundiff) of Weatherford, Texas. Twilight Curfew pocketed $23,919 from the $41,650 allowance purse. She was bred in Oklahoma by Center Hills Farms. She improved her record to 14 starts, two wins, four seconds and four thirds for $109,386 in earnings.
Twilight Curfew paid $3.20 to win, $2.60 to place and $2.20 to show. She also gave Cabrera his 55th win of the meet, well ahead of the rest of the jocks in the 2021 race. She covered the mile in 1:38.19, after fractions were set by 67-1 longshot Georgiano of :23.39 for the first quarter-mile, :47.69 for the half-mile, 1:12.92 for three-quarters and 1:25.55 after seven-eighths. Georgiano relinquished her advantage in deep stretch.
Twilight Curfew has crossed the finish line first in one stakes race, last year’s $75,000 Slide Show Stakes here over a muddy main track, but was disqualified and placed second. Technically, she is still in search of her first win under black-type conditions.
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