The Week in Photos: June 26, 2009

This week in Thoroughbred racing.

The Blood-Horse: 06/27/2009 issue

Photo: Blood-horse

BRIGHT IDEA: Churchill Downs' experiment with night racing June 19 is deemed a success with more than 28,000 on hand under the lights.

Photo: Reed Palmer Photo

Kentucky Horse Industry Rallies at Capitol. Governor Steve Beshear (right) speaks at the Capitol rally.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Eye of the Leopard (left) gives Sam-Son Farms its fifth victory in the Queen's Plate, North America's oldest stakes race.

Photo: Michael Burns Photos

Up next for Eye of the Leopard is the second leg of the Canadian Triple Crown - the July 12 Prince of Wales Stakes at Fort Erie.

Photo: Michael Burns Photos

Australia claimed the King’s Stand Stakes (Eng-I) for the fourth time in seven years as Scenic Blast (blaze) produced a superb turn of foot and rocketed to a three-quarters length victory in the five-furlong contest at Royal Ascot June 16.

Photo: Trevor Jones

Yeats etched his name in history June 18 by becoming the first horse to win the prestigious Gold Cup (Eng-I) at Royal Ascot for the fourth straight year.

Photo: Trevor Jones

Mastercraftsman (gray) narrowly bests Delegator in the one-mile St. James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot

Photo: Trevor Jones

History was made in the June 16 Windsor Castle Stakes (Eng-Listed) over five furlongs on good to firm turf on the first day of Royal Ascot, when 33-1 Strike The Tiger (right) became the first ever American-trained horse to win at the meeting when holding on by a neck to beat Fratellino.

Photo: Trevor Jones

On June 17, 2-year-old Trippi filly Jealous Again won the five-furlong Queen Mary Stakes (Eng-II) at Royal Ascot.

Photo: Trevor Jones

Making his graded stakes debut in the $100,000 Affirmed Handicap (gr. III), favored Grazen was never headed while posting a 2 3/4-length win over five 3-year-old rivals at Hollywood Park June 20.

Photo: Benoit Photo

Oil Man struck graded gold for the first time when he surged past his rivals with a big late kick in the $100,000 Cinema Handicap (gr. IIIT) on the Hollywood Park turf June 21.

Photo: Benoit Photo

Battle of Hastings (right) takes the inside route to defeat Straight Story in the Colonial Turf Cup Stakes.

Photo: Kurtis Coady/coady Photography

Rachel Alexandra arrives at Belmont Park on June 23 for Saturday's Mother Goose Stakes.

Photo: Adam Coglianese