The Week in Photos: June 20, 2008

This week in Thoroughbred racing.

The Blood-Horse: 06/21/2008 issue

Photo: Blood-horse

Cruisin': Curlin easily wins the Stephen Foster Handicap in his first start at Churchill Downs since last year's Kentucky Derby.

Photo: Reed Palmer

This week members of the Horseracing community testified at a Congressional Hearing in Washington, D.C.

Photo: David Snyder

Grade I winner Divine Park will enter stud at Brereton C Jones' Airdrie Stud near Midway, Ky., following the conclusion of his racing career. The farm has purchased a majority interest in the breeding rights of the 4-year-old son of Chester House.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Reigning Horse of the Year Curlin returns to U.S. racing with a resounding victory in the Stephen Foster at Churchill Downs.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Curlin, with jockey Robby Albarado easing up, crosses the finish line of the Stephen Foster Handicap.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Pyro’s form of old returned June 14 at Churchill Downs as the son of Pulpit powered to a 1 3/4-length win over five fellow 3-year-olds in the Northern Dancer Stakes (gr. III).

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Hystericalady cruises to victory in the Fleur de Lis at Churchill Downs on June 14 .

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Pure Clan, who was last seen finishing third to Proud Spell and Little Belle May 2 in the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), bounced back with an impressive victory June 14 in the Regret Stakes (gr. IIIT) under the Twin Spires of Churchill Downs.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Tizdejavu swept Churchill Downs’ spring graded stakes races for 3-year-olds on turf with a convincing gate-to-wire romp June 14  in the $222,600 Jefferson Cup (gr. IIT).

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Dreaming of Anna closed out the action at Churchill Downs June 14 with a win in the Early Times Mint Julep Handicap (gr. III).

Photo: Reed Palmer

Ginger Punch continues to dominate the older female division, this time crushing her foes in the Ogden Phipps at Belmont Park.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

First Defence made his initial effort on grass a winning one for trainer Bobby Frankel and became a graded stakes winner in the process, just holding on by a head to capture the $162,966 Jaipur (gr. III) on Belmont Park's yielding course June 15.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Two Step Salsa passed his first distance test with flying colors in the $107,100 Affirmed Handicap (gr. III) at Hollywood Park June 15, going all the way on the front end to score a 3 3/4-length win on the Cushion Track.

Photo: Benoit Photo

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