The Week in Photos: February 20, 2009

This week in Thoroughbred racing.

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The Blood-Horse: 02/21/2009 issue

Photo: Blood-horse

Flying Fort: Starting gate assistant Jason Bordelon stands tall as Fort Denmark rears up prior to the third race Feb. 15 at Fair Grounds.

Photo: Lynn Roberts/fair Grounds

Santa Teresita pulled a big surprise when she bettered a top-notch field of older fillies and mares in the Valentine's Day $300,000 Santa Maria Handicap (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park Feb. 14.

Photo: Benoit Photo

Favored Life Is Sweet hardly had an ideal set-up in the $200,000 La Canada Stakes (gr. II), racing at the back of the pack behind extremely slow fractions. But the full sister to champion 2-year-old filly Sweet Catomine refused to be denied, swinging to the outside under Garrett Gomez in the homestretch to overtake Magical Fantasy in the dramatic final strides at Santa Anita Feb. 15.

Photo: Benoit Photo

How's Your Halo, off at odds of 47-1, caught Ikigai in the final strides to earn his first graded stakes win in the $150,000 Richter Scale (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park Feb. 14.

Photo: Benoit Photo

Royale Michele came from off the pace to win the $150,000 Barbara Fritchie Handicap (gr. II) Feb. 14 at Laurel Park, holding sway over unlucky favorite Seventh Street for her first graded victory.

Photo: Maryland Jockey Club, Jim Mccue

Chocolate Candy sweetened trainer Jerry Hollendorfer's Triple Crown hopes on Valentine's Day with the colt's first graded stakes win in the $200,000 El Camino Real Derby (gr. III) at Golden Gate Fields.

Photo: Vassar Photography

Thomas McCarthy’s General Quarters pulled a shocker and threw his name into the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) mix, as he stalked the pace, took over rounding the far turn, and pulled away for a convincing 3 1/2-length score in the $221,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes (gr. III) for 3-year-olds at Tampa Bay Downs Feb. 14.

Photo: Tom Cooley Photography

Ballymore Lady made a late burst in the final yards and got the jump over three rivals at the shadow of the wire to take a thrilling edition of the $125,000 Endeavour Stakes (gr. IIIT) Feb. 14 on the Tampa Bay Downs turf.

Photo: Tom Cooley Photography

Joseph Fields Jr.’s homebred Any Limit turned the tables on her rival Game Face and won the Hurricane Bertie (gr. III) for the second time in three years, taking a short field of fillies and mares gate-to-wire in the $122,500 event Feb. 15 at Gulfstream Park.

Photo: Coglianese Photos

ert Code took the lead shortly after the start of the $100,000 Daytona Handicap (gr. IIIT) Feb. 15 at Santa Anita and was never threatened as he cruised to victory.

Photo: Benoit Photo

Duke of Homberg shook free in the homestretch under jockey Alan Garcia to capture the $125,000 Hallandale Beach Stakes on the Gulfstream Park turf for his first American win in four starts Feb. 14.

Photo: Coglianese Photos

It wasn't easy, but Gozzip Girl eventually pulled away from the pack to win the Feb. 15 Coconut Grove Stakes (T) at Gulfstream Park by 2 1/4 lengths.

Photo: Coglianese Photos

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