LEXINGTON, Ky.— Stonestreet Stables’ Twilight Gleaming (IRE), winner of last fall’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint (G2) at Del Mar, headlines a field of 12 fillies and mares plus three also-eligibles entered Thursday for Sunday’s 26th running of the $300,000 Franklin (G3) to be contested at 5½ furlongs over the Keeneland turf course.
The Franklin will go as the seventh race on Sunday’s nine-race program that begins at 1 p.m. ET. Post time for the Franklin is 4:12 p.m.
Trained by Wesley Ward, Twilight Gleaming has compiled a 7-5-2-0 mark on grass and comes into Sunday’s race off a victory in the 5-furlong Daisycutter Handicap on July 29 at Del Mar. John Velazquez has the mount Sunday and will exit post position six.
Returning to defend her title in the race is Perry Harrison’s Change of Control.
Trained by Michelle Lovell, Change of Control seeks to join Ayrial Delight (1998-1999) as the only back-to-back winner of the race. Owner of an 8-1-3-1 record in 2022, Change of Control will be ridden by Colby Hernandez and break from post position 10.
Watch Change of Control win last year’s Franklin:
The field for the Franklin, from the rail out with riders and weights, is:
Star Devine (IRE) (Adam Beschizza, 120 pounds), Caravel (Tyler Gaffalione, 122), Querobin Dourada (Joe Talamo, 120), Creative Credit (Perry Ouzts, 120), Have A Good Day (IRE) (Rey Gutierrez, 118), Twilight Gleaming (IRE) (Velazquez, 118), Tobys Heart (Vincent Cheminaud, 122), Bout Time (Brian Hernandez Jr., 120), Thundering Creed (Joe Rocco Jr., 122), Change of Control (Colby Hernandez, 122), Brooke Marie (Luis Saez, 124), Elle Z (Mitchell Murrill, 120).
Also-Eligible: Illegal Smile (IRE) (Gerardo Corrales, 120), Miner’s Queen (Joe Talamo, 120), Violenza (Chris Landeros, 120).
Keeneland Press Release/Edited
Photo: Twilight Gleaming (NYRA/Coglianese)
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