The Week in Photos: March 31, 2010

This week in Thoroughbred racing.

The Blood-Horse: 4/03/2010 issue

Photo: Blood-horse

Meydan Magic: The new track in Dubai, Meydan Racecourse, hosts its first World Cup card March 27 with much pageantry and huge purses.

Photo: Dubai Racing Club/sam D'agostino Photo

Gloria de Campeao (inside) christens Meydan Racecourse by winning the Dubai World Cup in third attempt.

Photo: Dave Harmon

Five-year-old mare Dar Re Mi, with new rider William Buick aboard, outlasted Buena Vista and Spanish Moon to capture the Dubai Sheema Classic (UAE-I) in the race preceding the World Cup at Meydan Racecourse.

Photo: Dave Harmon

Longshot Al Shemali took over from a trio of American horses in upper stretch and pulled away to win the $5 million Dubai Duty Free.

Photo: Dave Harmon

Trainer Mike de Kock saddled the top two finishers in the $2 million UAE Derby, with favored Musir outlasting filly Raihana by 1 3/4 lengths on Dubai World Cup night.

Photo: Dave Harmon

Kinsale King reclaimed the $2 million Dubai Golden Shaheen for America when he held off the fast-closing favorite Rocket Man.

Photo: Dave Harmon

Joy and Fun upsets California Flag in the $1 million Al Quoz Sprint at Meydan Racecourse.

Photo: Dave Harmon

Godolphin’s Calming Influence took over rounding the turn, opened up a commanding lead in the stretch, and held off Green Coast to win the $1-million Godolphin Mile sponsored by Etisalat (UAE-II) by a length March 27 at Meydan Racecourse on the Dubai World Cup undercard.

Photo: Dave Harmon

Dean's Kitten wins the Lane's End Stakes (gr. II) at Turfway Park on March 27.

Photo: Mathea Kelley

Koolmen Racing Stable’s Orchestrator held off Age of Humor after a long stretch duel, prevailing by a neck under Alex Solis to take the Bourbonette Oaks (gr. III) on March 27 at Turfway Park.

Photo: Mathea Kelley

Mission Impazible gave trainer Todd Pletcher yet another major Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) contender March 27 when the son of Unbridled's Song overtook a pair of horses in deep stretch to win the Louisiana Derby (gr. II) by three-quarters of a length at Fair Grounds Races & Slots.

Photo: Skip Dickstein

Quiet Temper (1), owner Mark Stanley’s star 3-year-old filly, got up to win the March 26 Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II) by a half-length as the favorite over pacesetter Champage d’Oro.

Photo: Lou Hodges, Jr.

The impeccably bred Battle Plan lived up to his billing in the New Orleans Handicap (gr. II), taking the field nearly all the way in his stakes debut to defeat General Quarters by 1 1/2 lengths March 27 at Fair Grounds.

Photo: Skip Dickstein

Facing winners for the first time, WinStar Farm's Endorsement shipped to Sunland Park and Casino from Louisiana and handed Triple Crown contender Conveyance his first defeat in the Sunland Derby (gr. III) in New Mexico March 28.

Photo: Coady Photography/tommie Morelos

Lothenbach Stables’ Bearpath stalked pacesetter Brother Nick for 11 furlongs, took over inside the eighth-pole, then held off favorite Never On Sunday to win the Pan American Stakes (gr. IIIT) March 27 on the Gulfstream Park turf.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Front-running Speak Easy Gal stretched her speed farther than she ever has before when she held off Lady Shakespeare by a head to capture the Orchid Stakes (gr. IIIT) on the Gulfstream Park turf at 12 furlongs March 28.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Asked to go 12 furlongs for the first time in his career, Tap It Light answered the call in the Tokyo City Cup Handicap (gr. III) at Santa Anita March 27, holding off the late charge of Rendezvous by three-quarters of a length.

Photo: Benoitphoto.com

Tanda, the longest shot in the field, got a dream run at the rail through the stretch to dominate the Santa Paula Stakes (gr. III) at Santa Anita March 28.

Photo: Benoitphoto.com

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