The Week in Photos: Feb 15, 2008

This week in Thoroughbred racing.

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The Blood-Horse: 02/16/2008 issue

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Don't Say It Spray It: Pro-Ride liquid polymer is applied to the Cushion Track synthetic surface at Santa Anita Park,

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Oak Tree at Santa Anita to Host 2009 Breeders' Cup. The Los Angeles media market and its attractiveness to sponsors played a key role in the decision.

Photo: Barbara D. Livingston

Edgar Prado became the 16th North American-based jockey to reach the 6,000 career-win plateau when he rode Sumphin to victory in the sixth race at Gulfstream Park Feb. 10.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

The Green Monkey, whose $16-million price was the most ever for a Thoroughbred sold at public auction, has been retired from racing. The 4-year-old son of Forestry will enter stud next year at Randy Hartley and Dean De Renzo’s Hartley/De Renzo Thoroughbreds near Ocala, Fla.

Photo: Skip Dickstein

Ron McCauley's Golden Doc A and jockey Rafael Bejarano, left, make the turn for home and go on to win the Grade I, $250,000 Las Virgenes Stakes.

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Ron McCauley's Golden Doc A and jockey Rafael Bejarano, right, outrun Lovely Isle (David Flores), left, to win the Grade I, $250,000 Las Virgenes Stakes.

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Double Trouble attained grade I glory in her first try for trainer Bobby Frankel with a come-from-behind victory in the $245,000 Santa Maria Handicap.

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Patricia Bozzano's Double Trouble and jockey Rafael Bejarano win the Grade I, $250,000 Santa Maria Handicap.

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Making his first start in more than five months, grade I winner Georgie Boy kicked off his 3-year-old campaign in fine style with a big closing rush to win the $147,000 San Vicente Stakes (gr. II).

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Ridden for the first time by Rafael Bejarano, Georgie Boy sat slightly off an honest pace before galloping home on the outside to defeat favored Into Mischief by 3 1/4 lengths.

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WinStar Farms' Well Armed and jockey Aaron Gryder, center, make the turn for home and go on to win the Grade II. $250,000 San Antonio Handicap.

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Breaking from the far outside, Well Armed got to the lead along the inside heading into the clubhouse turn and was able to dictate the race through moderate fractions of :23.79, :47.29 and 1:11.35.

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With no stakes winner in the field, even-money choice Dawn After Dawn had an easy time of it in winning the $200,000 La Canada Stakes (gr. II) on the front end at Santa Anita Feb. 10.

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Dawn After Dawn, ridden by Garrett Gomez, was able to steal away to a leisurely lead while crawling to the quarter pole, then held off Say You Will in the stretch run to win by a measured one length. The winning time for the 1 1/8-mile test for 4-year-old fillies was 1:50.37.

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Pyro, left, storms from last to win in the Risen Star over stablemate Z Fortune (No. 11),

Photo: Lou Hodges Jr.

Shaun Bridgmohan was the winning jockey. Pyro, by Pulpit out of the Wild Again mare Wild Vision, now has a 2-2-1 career record from five starts. All three of his losses came behind Champion 2-year-old colt War Pass

Photo: Alexander Barkoff

Indian Blessing made it a perfect 5-for-5, taking a clear lead into the stretch and then holding off Proud Spell in the final yards to win the $200,000 Silverbulletday Stakes (gr. III).

Photo: Lynn Roberts

Grasshopper made an impressive 4-year-old debut and earned his first graded stakes victory when he took the $150,000 Mineshaft Handicap (gr. III) at Fair Grounds.

Photo: Lou Hodges Jr.

Bsharpsonata (inside) comes around the final turn and prepares for a heart-pounding stretch duel with Keep the Peace to win the $150,000 Forward Gal Stakes (gr. II).

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Bsharpsonata (inside) outduels Keep the Peace to take the $150,000 Forward Gal Stakes (gr. II) by a nose.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Beau Dare held off Rite Moment by a half-length in the $79,550 Correction Handicap for fillies and mares at Aqueduct.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

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