The Week in Photos: March 13, 2009

This week in Thoroughbred racing.

The Blood-Horse: 03/14/2009 issue

Photo: Blood-horse

Show Time: Leading sire Distorted Humor is led to a session at the breeding shed at WinStar Farm near Versailles, Ky.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Record-setting Peppers Pride arrives in Kentucky.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Einstein became the first East Coast shipper since Broad Brush in 1987 to capture the Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I), capitalizing on a perfect trip with jockey Julien Leparoux to defeat the late closer Champs Elysees in the $1 million event.

Photo: Benoit Photo

The 7-year-old Brazilian-bred son of Spend a Buck is also a three-time grade I winner on turf. He went over the $2 million mark in career earnings with the victory for trainer Helen Pitts and Bill Gallion and Shirley Cunningham Jr.'s Midnight Cry Stable. The winning time for the 1 1/4-mile event was 2:01.93 over the Pro-Ride racing surface.

Photo: Benoit Photo

Gio Ponti, driving for the wire under a frantic Ramon Dominguez, got up just in time to nose the outstanding mare Ventura in the $300,000 Frank E. Kilroe Mile Handicap (gr. IT) on the Santa Anita turf March 7.

Photo: Benoit Photo

Champion filly Stardom Bound, seven wide at the top of the lane, got up in the final stride by a nose over unheralded Third Dawn to win the $300,000 Santa Anita Oaks (gr. I) for her fifth consecutive grade I win March 7.

Photo: Benoit Photo

Ridden to victory by Mike Smith, the daughter of Tapit   was sent off at odds of 2-5 while prevailing in the most difficult race of her career. The strapping gray/roan filly is owned by IEAH Stables and partners and trained by Bobby Frankel.

Photo: Benoit Photo

Shipping in from California and making his first start on natural dirt, I Want Revenge put away Mr. Fantasy at the top of the stretch and scored by 8 1/2 convincing lengths in the $250,000 Gotham Stakes (gr. III) March 7 at Aqueduct.

Photo: David Alcosser/coglianese Photos

Ridden by Joe Talamo, I Want Revenge raced on the heels of pacesetting Mr. Fantasy, who was sent off as the 2-1 favorite in the field of nine 3-year-olds looking to make a splash on the Triple Crown trail. After pressing the pace behind reasonable fractions of :23.76, :48.45, and 1:12.69, I Want Revenge came on to even terms with Mr. Fantasy at the quarter-pole. The son of Stephen Got Even   began to inch away approaching the eighth-pole and then drew clear in mid-stretch.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Ah Day returned from a layoff of nearly seven months to record a thrilling, last-to-first victory in the $100,000 Toboggan Handicap (gr. III) March 7 at Aqueduct.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

I Lost My Choo showed no rust from a nearly seven-month layoff, as the 4-year-old filly drew away in mid-stretch and won by two lengths in the $100,000 Honey Fox (gr. IIIT) on the turf at Gulfstream Park March 7.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Let It Rock emerged from between horses in deep stretch to score his first graded stakes win in the $150,000 Razorback Handicap (gr. III) at Oaklawn Park March 7.

Photo: Coady Photography

Rising star Acoma notched her third consecutive graded stakes victory March 8 at Oaklawn Park, coming from off the pace to score a five-length win in the $144,000 Azeri Stakes (gr. III).

Photo: Coady Photography

Sweet August Moon won her first stakes in the six-furlong Honest Lady for fillies and mares, rallying from seventh in a field of nine to win by 1 1/2 lengths. Ridden by John Velazquez, Sweet August Moon was timed in 1:09.10.

Photo: Benoit Photo

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