The Week in Photos: April 24, 2009

This week in Thoroughbred racing.

The Blood-Horse: 04/25/2009 issue

Photo: Blood-horse

Merry Melodies: Jockeys hit the stage during a karaoke competition April 17 at Keeneland to benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Trainer Bob Baffert and one of the best fillies he trained- Silverbulletday- along with jockey Eddie Maple and Steeplechase trainer Janet Elliot are among the latest inductees to the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Six weeks ago WinStar Farm looked as though it would be without a starter in the upcoming Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I). Now, the powerful outfit could have three, the final potential starter coming thanks to a eye-catching, last-to-first victory by Advice in the $300,000 Coolmore Lexington Stakes (gr. II) April 18 on the Keeneland Polytrack.

Photo: Mathea Kelley

In spite of being blocked on the final turn, Magical Fantasy (inside) scored an incredibly close victory in the $200,000 Santa Barbara Handicap (gr. IIT) over hard-luck Black Mamba (outside), who lost this race by the barest of margins for the second straight year at Santa Anita April 18.

Photo: Benoit Photo

Everything went right for front-running Midships in the $196,000 San Juan Capistrano Invitational Handicap (gr. IIT) as he held sway over the up-against-it Spring House on a warm closing day afternoon April 19 at Santa Anita Park.

Photo: Benoit Photo

Even-money favorite Seattle Smooth took over coming off the turn and rolled to a dominating 5 3/4-length victory in a scratch-filled running of the $142,500 Bed o’ Roses Handicap (gr. II) April 18 at Aqueduct.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Swift Temper fought back along the inside in deep stretch to post a gutsy head victory over California shipper Santa Teresita in the $200,000 Sixty Sails Handicap (gr. III) April 18 at Hawthorne Race Course.

Photo: Four Footed Fotos

Stuck wide on the backstretch of the $150,000 Ben Ali Stakes (gr. III), jockey Kent Desormeaux took a chance when he encouraged Parading to take control over his pace rivals heading into the final turn. The decision paid off when Parading, angled to the inside for the turn, ran away in upper stretch on the way to his first graded stakes victory April 19 at wet and windy Keeneland.

Photo: Mathea Kelley

Afternoon Stroll (right) pulled off a 50-1 shocker in the $100,000 Appalachian (gr. IIIT) April 16 on the Keeneland turf, getting up by a nose over Hot Cha Cha in a thrilling photo finish.

Photo: Mathea Kelley

Third in the Doubledogdare Stakes (gr. III) a year ago, Donald Adam’s homebred Indescribable was much the best in the 2009 running of the $100,000 event, as she pulled away in the stretch to win by 2 1/4 lengths April 17 at Keeneland.

Photo: Mathea Kelley

Front-running Mr Gruff won his stakes debut in style, turning back a brief challenge in the lane to win the $100,000 San Simeon Handicap (gr. IIIT) on the hillside turf course at Santa Anita April 18.

Photo: Benoit Photo

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