The Week in Photos: April 4, 2008

This week in Thoroughbred racing.

The Blood-Horse: 04/05/2008 issue

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Seeing Stars: Big Brown, under the red, white, and blue silks of IEAH Stables, shows the way in the March 29 Florida Derby.

Photo: Eleanor Gustafson/ Adam Coglianese Photo

Horse of the Year Curlin wins the Dubai World Cup by a record margin. Robby Albarado and Curlin seperated themselves from the pack down the stretch at Nad al Sheba.

Photo: Trevor Jones

Majority owner Jess Jackson hoists the World Cup trophy he was presented after the victory.

Photo: Dave Harmon

Curlin proved he is the best horse in the world with the 7 ¾-length win.

Photo: Trevor Jones

Jockey Robby Albarado celebrated the victory in Dubai.

Photo: Trevor Jones

Four Roses Thoroughbreds’ Diamond Stripes scored the biggest victory of his career March 29 at Nad al Sheba in Dubai, bravely battling back on the rail in the final sixteenth to take the $1-million Godolphin Mile (UAE-II) by 1 1/4 lengths under Edgar Prado.

Photo: Trevor Jones

Benny the Bull chased down Idiot Proof in the final yards to score by 1 3/4 lengths in the $2-million Dubai Golden Shaheen (UAE-I) March 29 at Nad al Sheba, giving trainer Rick Dutrow and jockey Edgar Prado their second victory on Dubai World Cup day.

Photo: Trevor Jones

The South African-based mare Sun Classique went for an early move and was able to hold off favored Viva Pataca in the US$5 million Sheema Classic at Nad Al Sheba March 29.

Photo: Trevor Jones

IEAH Stables and Paul Pompa Jr.’s highly-touted Big Brown proved that all the hype was justified, as he led from start to finish in the $1-million Florida Derby (gr. I), crushing 11 rivals to win by five lengths March 29 at Gulfstream Park while making just his third career start.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

The eye-popping victory, which is sure to make the Boundary colt one of the betting favorites in the May 3 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), was most impressive considering the Kentucky-bred broke from the compromising post 12 and was making his first start in stakes company.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

The final time for 1 1/8 miles on a fast track was 1:48.16, just .37 seconds off the dirt track record set by Brass Hat in 2006.

Photo: Eleanor Gustafson/ Adam Coglianese Photo

She's All Eltish overpowers the field to take the Bonnie Miss under Eddie Castro.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

She’s All Eltish came into the Bonnie Miss off a runner-up effort going 1 1/16 miles on the turf at Gulfstream March 9. Bred in Florida by Live Oak Stud out of the Hesabull mare Shesabullwinkle, she now owns a career record of 3-3-1 from seven starts, with earnings of $156,280. 

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Sent off as a lukewarm 3-1 favorite in the $100,000 Bulleit Bourbon Palm Beach Stakes (gr. IIIT) , Sporting Art proved the bettors right at Gulfstream Park March 29.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Odds-on choice Sugar Swirl completed an unprecedented sweep of Gulfstream Park's sprint series for fillies and mares with yet another dazzling win for trainer Brian Lynch in the $170,000 Shirley Jones Handicap (gr. II) on March 29.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

The Orchid Handicap (gr. IIIT) goes to the five-year-old mare Hostess, who won her first graded stakes in the process.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Wow Me Free pulls away to win the $104,400 Next Move Handicap (gr. III) March 29 at Aqueduct.

Photo: Brandon Benson/adam Coglianese Photo

Niagara Causeway (inside) has found a home on synthetic racing surfaces after tallying a game score over Church Service by a nose for his first graded stakes win in the $108,200 Tokyo City Cup Handicap (gr. III) at Santa Anita March 29.

Photo: Benoit Photo

Undefeated Lethal Heat won her third straight race in the space of a month and became a grade III winner when she burned past the pacesetters mid-stretch en route to a 1 3/4-length victory in the $108,500 Santa Paula Stakes on the Santa Anita synthetic track March 30.

Photo: Benoit Photo

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