The Week in Photos: March 21, 2008

This week in Thoroughbred racing.

The Blood-Horse: 03/22/2008 issue

Photo: Blood-horse

The Shoe Fits! John Placzankis tosses a ringer and wins $1 million in Santa Anita's annual St. Patrick's Day Horseshoe Pitch Contest March 16.

Photo: Benoit Photo

California-bred Sierra Sunset threw his name smack into the middle of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) mix March 15 at Oaklawn Park, dominating eight rivals to win by three lengths in the $300,000 Rebel Stakes (gr. II).

Photo: Coady Photography

However, less than a week later it was reported by trainer Jeff Bonde that Sierra Sunset has a hairline fracture of his left front ankle and is out of consideration for the Kentucky Derby.

Photo: Coady Photography

Georgie Boy used a late burst to sweep past Gayego in deep stretch and win the $200,000 San Felipe (gr. II) in his first try around two turns March 15 at Santa Anita.

Photo: Benoit Photo

Stream of Gold won for the first time in nearly three years, and recorded his first win on American soil March 16, as the 7-year-old gelding scored by a neck over True Cause in the $150,000 Mac Diarmida Handicap (gr. IIT) on the Gulfstream Park turf.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Carolyn’s Cat won the expected early speed duel from Dill Or No Dill and then never looked back, going wire-to-wire for a 3 3/4-length victory in the $100,000 Cicada Stakes (gr. III) (VIDEO) March 15 on the inner dirt course at Aqueduct.

Photo: Coglianese Photos

Gottcha Gold stalked his way straight to the winner’s circle March 15 in the $150,000 Skip Away Handicap (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Big Truck (left) takes the Tampa Bay Derby over Atoned. War Pass is not in the picture.

Photo: Tom Cooley

Aurora Springs Stable’s Awesome Chic used a perfect ground-saving trip under Irwin Rosendo, took over at the top of the stretch, and drew away to win the $200,000 Florida Oaks (gr. III) by 4 1/2 commanding lengths March 15 at Tampa Bay Downs.

Photo: Tom Cooley

Dreaming of Anna wins the $175,000 Hillsborough Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Tampa Bay Downs.

Photo: Tom Cooley

Eight Belles and jockey Ramon Dominguez won Oaklawn's Honeybee (gr. III) with deceptive ease.

Photo: Coady Photography

Liberty Bull, third behind Denis of Cork and Sierra Sunset in the Southwest Stakes (gr. III) last time out, made that race look even better with a sharp two-length victory in the rich $600,000 WinStar Derby at New Mexico's Sunland Park March 16.

Photo: Coady Photography

Favored Sky Mom overcame a stewards' inquiry and jockey objection to win the $200,000 WinStar Sunland Park Oaks in come-from-behind fashion by 4 3/4 lengths in New Mexico March 16.

Photo: Coady Photography

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