The Week in Photos: Mar 07, 2008

This week in Thoroughbred racing.

The Blood-Horse: 03/08/2008 issue

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Walkin' In The Rain: Juveniles at the Fasig-Tipton 2-year-old sale are paraded Feb. 26 during a downpur at Calder Race Course.

Photo: Joseph Diorio

Curlin cruised to an easy win at Nad al Sheba Feb. 28, prepping for the Dubai World Cup (gr.I) March 29.

Photo: Andrew Watkins

Heatseeker, right, held off a late running Go Between to capture the 71st running of the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap.

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At the wire, Heatseeker prevailed by a neck over the late running Go Between with Champs Elysees finishing third.

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The time for the 1 1/4 miles was 2:00.42.

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Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, the 5-year-old Giant's Causeway horse powered home impressively on Santa Anita's renovated synthetic track.

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Ever a Friend, center, and the other horses in the field of the $300,000 Frank Kilroe Mile come around the turn at Santa Anita.

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Ever a Friend, claimed for $62,500 at Hollywood Park in December, won his graded stakes debut in the $300,000 Frank Kilroe Mile at Santa Anita.

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The second-longest shot in a field of six, Ever a Friend burst clear in early stretch to win the Grade 1 Kilroe Mile by 3 3/4 lengths.

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Odds-on choice El Gato Malo, left, fell from the ranks of the unbeaten when Colonel John, right, held the closer off in the final furlong to win the $200,000 Sham Stakes (gr. III) at Santa Anita.

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Ridden by Garrett Gomez, Colonel John had a dream run on the outside of pacesetter Victory Pete, taking command leaving the three-sixteenths pole and winning the nine-furlong test for 3-year-olds under strong urging as El Gato Malo closed.

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Colonel John showed plenty of tactical speed and an excellent turn of foot late, running the final eighth of a mile in less than 12 seconds.

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Colonel John.

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Ten Meropa cruised home a 12-1 surprise winner in the Baldwin (gr.IIIT) March 2 at Santa Anita.

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Jockey Tyler Baze enjoyed the win as he came across the finish line.

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Bsharpsonata (green silks, 2nd from left) moves between horses on her way to victory in the Davona Dale.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Going off as the 5-2 second choice, the Pulpit filly completed the one-mile event on dirt in 1:37.97 under Eric Camacho.

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Owned and bred by Cloverleaf Farm II, Bshapsonata scored her second straight graded stakes, as she entered off a nose victory in the Feb. 9 Forward Gal (gr. II) at Gulfstream.

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Out of the Affirmed mare Apasionata Sonata, Bsharpsonata is undefeated in three starts as a sophomore. The versatile bay filly has also won twice on turf, including a 1 ½-length victory Jan. 1 in the Tropical Park Oaks at Calder Race Course.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Malibu Moonshine took advantage of a hot early pace set by 2-5 favorite Daaher, rallying down the stretch to score a major upset in the $80,200 Stymie Handicap March 1 at Aqueduct.

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You could take nothing away from the top three finishers in the $350,000 Gulfstream Park Handicap (gr. II), but Turtle Bird Stable’s Sir Whimsey, center, got the job done and drew away in the final furlongs to win by a half-length.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Sir Whimsey outfinishes Fairbanks to take the Gulfstream Park Handicap.

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Ridden by Edgar Prado, Sir Whimsey ran 1 3-16 miles in 1:56.96.

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