World Mark for 6 Panels Set at Turf Paradise
by Jack Shinar
Date Posted: 11/22/2009 11:59:50 AM
Last Updated: 11/24/2009 6:33:23 PM

Twin Sparks recorded a time of 1:06.49 in winning the Caballos Del Sol Handicap.
Photo: Coady Photography

Six-year-old Twin Sparks eclipsed the world dirt record for six furlongs when he clocked a time of 1:06.49 in winning the $50,000 Caballos Del Sol Handicap at Turf Paradise Nov. 21.

With Luis Medina aboard, the gelded son of Twining drew off for a front-running 11 1/4-length victory as a 9-1 shot. The dirt mark was held by by G Malleah, who ran 1:06.60 on April 8, 1995 at Turf Paradise.

Bob Black Jack won the 2008 Sunshine Millions Sprint in 1:06.53 over Santa Anita's then-Cushion Track, a synthetic surface.

Trained by Karl Myers for owner Bobbie Parsons, Twin Sparks carried 114 pounds to his first stakes victory and paid $21.

Twin Sparks snapped a six-race losing streak while winning for the eighth time in 22 starts. He boosted his earnings to $123,423.

"He's a nice old horse who's had a few problems," Myers told Daily Racing Form. "I guess he's doing a lot better today."

Bred in Kentucky by John Franks, the dark bay is out of Sparklin Lil, by Mr. Sparkles. He was a $6,000 Keeneland 2004 September yearling sale purchase.

Twin Sparks also set a track record at Yavapai Downs in his second lifetime start, winning a 5 1/2-furlong allowance race in 1:01.60 on Aug. 21, 2006.

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