The Week in Photos: Jan 25, 2008

This week in Thoroughbred racing.

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The Blood-Horse: 01/26/2008 issue

Photo: Blood-horse

Curlin's Crew: With connections looking on, majority owner Jess Jackson accepts the Horse of the Year statue at the Eclipse Awards.

Photo: Wally Skalij

Curlin, the 2007 Horse of the Year in North America.

Photo: Alexander Barkoff

Majority owner Jess Jackson in accepting Horse of the Year for Curlin announced the champion would continue racing in 2008.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Curlin earned $5,102,800 in his nine starts last year, ranking him first on the list of top horses by earnings.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Prior to the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Curlin had finished third in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), won the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), and finished second by a head to Rags to Riches in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I). He also won The Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I).

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Shown here winning the Breeders' Cup Classic, Powered by Dodge.

Photo: Skip Dickstein

In spite of his seventh-place finish in the Classic, Lawyer Ron proved his mettle on the track in other races and was honored with an Eclipse Award for outstanding older male.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Lawyer Ron walking with trainer Todd Pletcher.

Photo: Barbara D. Livingston

In July, he took the Whitney Handicap (gr. I) while setting a new track record of 1:46.64 for nine furlongs.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Lawyer Ron

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Ginger Punch: Champion Older Female

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Her victory in the 2007 Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) at Monmouth Park proved powerful enough to propel the daughter of Awesome Again to an Eclipse Award in the older female division for breeder/owner Frank Stronach.

Photo: Barbara D. Livingston

Ginger Punch

Photo: Barbara D. Livingston

Ginger Punch also won the 2007 Ruffian Handicap at Belmont Park.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Rags to Riches, the first filly in 102 years to win the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), was voted champion 3-year-old filly of 2007.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

She finished ahead of two other Todd Pletcher trainees--Octave and Panty Raid--in Eclipse Award voting.

Photo: Barbara D. Livingston

The daughter of A.P. Indy out of the Deputy Minister mare Better Than Honour was purchased by owners Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith for $1.9 million at the Keeneland September yearling sale in 2005.

Photo: Benoit Photo

She is now in training at Palm Beach Downs in South Florida.

Photo: Barbara D. Livingston

War Pass: Champion 2-Year-Old-Male

Photo: Adam Coglianese

War Pass

Photo: Barbara D. Livingston

The son of Cherokee Run, out of Vue (by Mr. Prospector), became a lock for an Eclipse Award after taking the Bessemer Trust Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (gr. I) by 4 3/4 lengths.

Photo: Barbara D. Livingston

War Pass is in training at Palm Meadows Training Center in South Florida.

Photo: Barbara D. Livingston

Indian Blessing wins Eclipse for Juvenile Filly.

Photo: Jeffery Snyder

Indian Blessing was rewarded for an impressive 2007 campaign that included three victories in as many starts by winning the Eclipse Award for 2-Year-Old Filly Jan. 21 at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Photo: Barbara D. Livingston

Indian Blessing remains undefeated.

Photo: Benoit Photo

Trained by Bob Baffert and ridden by jockey Garrett Gomez in her two stakes victories, Indian Blessing finished 2007 with $1,357,200 in earnings.

Photo: Benoit Photo

English Channel: Champion Turf Male

Photo: Adam Coglianese

The son of Smart Strike, out of Belva (by Theatrical), received 251 first-place votes out of total of 266 votes.

Photo: Eliot Schechter

Following his 7-length victory in the Breeder's Cup Turf (the largest margin in history by far), English Channel was retired and will begin a stud career at Hurricane Hall near Lexington, Ky.

Photo: Jeffery Snyder

English Channel

Photo: Barbara D. Livingston

Lahudood: Champion Turf Female

Photo: Adam Coglianese

The homebred daughter of Singspiel, out of Rahayeb (by Arazi), captured 188 first-place votes to claim the female turf crown on Jan. 21.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Lahudood concluded her career with her victory in the Filly & Mare Turf. She will go to Shadwell and begin a new career as a broodmare.

Photo: Skip Dickstein

She has a 2008 booking to Kingmambo.

Photo: Skip Dickstein

Midnight Lute wins Eclipse for Sprinter.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

After overcoming some health issues that had kept him from performing to his potential, Midnight Lute posted a powerful victory in the Forego Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga, after which he unleashed a stunning rally to blow away his rivals in the TVG Breeders’ Cup Sprint (gr. I).

Photo: Jeffery Snyder

Midnight Lute

Photo: Barbara D. Livingston

Midnight Lute remains in training for defense of his title.

Photo: Barbara D. Livingston

Champion Female Sprinter: Maryfield

Photo: Adam Coglianese

The story of Maryfield’s rise from the claiming ranks to grade I winner at Saratoga, to Breeders’ Cup winner, and finally to Eclipse Award champion of the inaugural female sprinter award reads like something straight from a Hollywood script.

Photo: Jeffery Snyder

Maryfield

Photo: Barbara D. Livingston

Maryfield also won the Ballerina Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga, shown here.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Good Night Shirt, who won three out of five grade I starts last year, was honored Jan. 21 as the champion steeplechaser of 2007.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Sheikh Hamdan's Shadwell Stable earned the Eclipse Award as outstanding Owner of 2007.

Photo: Trevor Jones

As a result of finishing 2007 as the leading breeder by earnings for the fifth consecutive year, Frank Stronach’s (right) Adena Springs was voted the outstanding breeder of the year for a record fifth time.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Garrett Gomez topped off his record-setting year by accepting an Eclipse Award trophy Jan. 21 as the nation’s leading jockey. The California-based rider had 265 winners and total earnings of $22,800,074 in 2007.

Photo: Barbara D. Livingston

Joe Talamo won the Eclipse Award on Jan. 21 as the top apprentice jockey. The New Orleans native rode 249 winners and earned $10,705,403.

Photo: Wally Skalij

Todd Pletcher captured his fourth consecutive national title as leading trainer of the year Jan. 21 at the Eclipse Award ceremonies.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

The Kentucky Horse Park was awarded the 2007 Award of Merit at the Eclipse Awards. The Special Eclipse Award recognizes outstanding individual achievements in, or contributions to, the sport of Thoroughbred Racing.

Photo: Courtesy Kentucky Horse Park

Champs Elysees overpowers the opposition in the San Marcos Jan. 19 on the Santa Anita turf.

Photo: Benoit Photo

Wait a While spurted away to a relatively easy victory in the $150,000 San Gorgonio Handicap (gr. IIT) Jan. 14 at Santa Anita Park.

Photo: Benoit Photo

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