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Twilight Tear

Twilight Tear
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Twilight Tear is one of the "Ten"
Sire Bull Lea
Dam Lady Lark
Grandsire Bull Dog
Damsire Blue Larkspur
Gender Filly
Foaled 1941
Country United States
Color Bay
Breeder Calumet Farm
Owner Calumet Farm
Trainer Ben A. Jones
Record 24: 18-2-2
Earnings $ 202,165
Twilight Tear is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Lady Lark by Bull Lea. She was born around 1941 in the United States, and was bred by Calumet Farm.
Major wins
Arlington Lassie Stakes (1943)
Acorn Stakes (1944)
Coaching Club American Oaks (1944)
Pimlico Special (1944)
Arlington Classic (1944)
U.S. Co-Champion 2-Yr-Old Filly (1943)
U.S. Champion 3-Yr-Old Filly (1944)
U.S. Champion Older Mare (1944)
United States Horse of the Year (1944)
United States Racing Hall of Fame (1963)
#59 - Top 100 U.S. Racehorses of the 20th Century
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on October 8, 2006

Twilight Tear (1941-1954) was an American Hall of Fame Thoroughbred filly racehorse. At age two, she won four of her six starts, finishing second and third in her other two starts. Her performances earned her a share of 2-year-old filly honors.

At three, Twilight Tear won fourteen out of seventeen races including eleven straight, beating both fillies and colts. In the prestigious Pimlico Special she defeated Devil Diver and Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner Pensive in a time that matched the record set by Seabiscuit in the 1938 race. Her dominating performance in 1944 earned her Horse of the Year honors, the first filly to do so in forty years.

In her first race at age four, Twilight Tear suffered respiratory tract problems and was retired to stand as a broodmare at Calumet Farm.

In a poll among members of the American Trainers Association, conducted in 1955 by Delaware Park, she was voted the second greatest filly in American racing history. (Gallorette was voted first.)



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