The Week in Photos: March 14, 2008

This week in Thoroughbred racing.

The Blood-Horse: 03/15/2008 issue

Photo: Blood-horse

Spring Roll: An early spring snowstorm in Kentucky gives the opportunity for some paddock play at WinStar Farm near Versailles.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Pyro continues to move towards the Kentucky Derby with an impressive win in the Louisiana Derby.

Photo: Skip Dickstein

Under a confident ride from Shaun Bridgmohan, Pyro saved ground along the rail in the backstretch, shot between horses in upper stretch, and pulled away from longshot My Pal Charlie to win going away.

Photo: Skip Dickstein

Going off as the 4-5 favorite, he stopped the clock in 1:44.44 in the 1 1/16-mile event on a fast track.

Photo: Skip Dickstein

Pyro, now 3-2-1 from six career starts, increased his graded earnings to $1,020,000 with the victory. He is owned and bred by Winchell Thoroughbreds.

Photo: Rick Samuels

On her third try, Proud Spell finally beat Indian Blessing, coming home 2 1/2 lengths in front of her previously unbeaten rival in the Grade II, $400,000 Fair Grounds Oaks.

Photo: Rick Samuels

Proud Spell, out of the Langfuhr mare Pacific Spell, now holds a 4-2 record from six starts. Her earnings total $888,770.

Photo: Skip Dickstein

Trained by Larry Jones and ridden by Gabriel Saez, Proud Spell covered the race's 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.01, and paid $5.80 to win as the second favorite.

Photo: Skip Dickstein

Proudinsky wins the Mervin Muniz (gr. IIT) March 8 at Fair Grounds.

Photo: Skip Dickstein

Trained by Bobby Frankel, Proudinsky returned $9.60, $6, and $3.60.

Photo: Skip Dickstein

Circular Quay, left, outfought a stubborn Grasshopper, right, in a terrific stretch duel to take the $500,000 New Orleans Handicap (gr. II) by a neck March 8.

Photo: Rick Samuels

A Kentucky homebred of Michael and Doreen Tabor, Circular Quay completed the 1 1/8 miles on the main track in 1:49.80.

Photo: Skip Dickstein

Going off as the 6-1 fourth choice in a field of six, Circular Quay paid $15, $5.20, and $3.80. The exacta (4-3) was worth $43.60, while the trifecta (4-3-6) with 17-1 Reporting for Duty returned $248.60.

Photo: Skip Dickstein

Nashoba's Key glides home a powerful winner in the Santa Margarita (gr. I) March 9 at Santa Anita.

Photo: Benoit Photo

Nashoba's Key cruised to a 4 1/2-length victory in a time of 1:48.82 for the 1 1/8-mile distance

Photo: Benoit Photo

Nashoba's Key, by Silver Hawk out of the Irish mare Nashoba, by Caerleon, earned $180,000 for her eighth lifetime win in 10 starts. She has now banked $1,252,090.

Photo: Benoit Photo

Ariege and jockey Corey Nakatani, right, outrun Golden Doc A (Rafael Bejarano), left, to win the Grade I, $300,000 Santa Anita Oaks,

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Bred in Kentucky by Calumet Farm, Ariege was a $75,000 Keeneland September yearling purchase in 2006.

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Visionaire comes from way back to nip Texas Wildcatter in a foggy Gotham Stakes.

Photo: Coglianese Photos

A $220,000 Ocala sale as a 2-year-old last June, Visionaire earned his first stakes victory. He has three victories in five starts with earnings of $228,260 and has never been out of the money. The victory was worth $150,000. Reiley McDonald bred the chestnut, who is out of the French Deputy mare Scarlet Tango, in Kentucky.

Photo: Coglianese Photos

Hystericalady left her rivals in the Oaklawn Park dust while winning the $171,500 Azeri Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. III) on March 9.

Photo: Coady Photography

Hysterical Lady (green and yellow silks) begins her winning move at the head of the stretch in the Azeri (gr. III) at Oaklawn.

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The Jerry Hollendorfer trained mare drew away from the comebacker Brownie Points in the final furlong to win easily by 3 1/2 lengths for jockey Robby Albarado. She completed the 1 1/16-mile event for older fillies and mares in 1:43.86.

Photo: Coady Photography

Odds-on choice Jonesboro finally shook loose of a stubborn Gouldings Green in the final furlong to post a front-running victory in the $149,000 Razorback Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. III) at Oaklawn Park March 8.

Photo: Coady Photography

Tracy Farmer’s Commentator proved to be back in the top form he was nearly three years ago when he won the 2005 Whitney Handicap (gr. I), this time trouncing five rivals to take the $200,000 Richter Scale Sprint Handicap (gr. II) by 13 ¾ lengths March 8 at Gulfstream Park.

Photo: Coglianese Photos

Making her stakes debut, Stronach Stables’ homebred Spring Waltz split rivals at the furlong marker, surged to the lead at the sixteenth-pole, and romped to the wire under Javier Castellano with an impressive 3 ¼-length victory in the $200,000 Rampart Handicap (gr. II) March 9 on the Gulfstream Park dirt.

Photo: Coglianese Photos

Betting favorite Sir Greeley saved ground in the early going, moved along that same path in the upper stretch to take the lead, and held on gamely under Eibar Coa for a 3/4-length victory in the $100,000 Toboggan Handicap (gr. II) March 8 in the slop at Aqueduct.

Photo: Coglianese Photos

Robert Scarborough’s 5-year-old Mauralakana dove through a narrow gap between horses to score trainer Christopher Clement a sixth career victory in the $100,000 The Very One Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Gulfstream Park March 8.

Photo: Coglianese Photos

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