The Week in Photos: July 3, 2009

This week in Thoroughbred racing.

The Blood-Horse: 07/04/2009 issue

Photo: Blood-horse

ALL TOGETHER NOW: Ky. Gov. Steve Beshear speaks to a packed house at Keeneland during an industry rally following the demise of the state's slots bill.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Rachel Alexandra faced only two opponents in the $300,000 Mother Goose (gr. I) June 27 at Belmont Park but the sensational filly put on a dazzling display anyway, setting a stakes record while romping by nearly 20 lengths under Calvin Borel.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

The race, which began in 1957, was run at 1 1/16 miles for the first two years. Since it changed to 1 1/8 miles in 1959, only Lakeway and Rachel Alexandra have run the Mother Goose in a time under 1:47.19. Only seven fillies have finished in a time better than 1:48.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

A 129-pound impost wasn't enough to stop the undefeated champion Zenyatta, who earned a repeat win in the $287,000 Vanity Handicap (gr. I) at Hollywood Park June 27 for her 11th consecutive victory.

Photo: Benoit Photo

Undefeated in 11 starts, Zenyatta is now two shy of Personal Ensign's modern-day record.

Photo: Benoit Photo

The steady veteran Jonesboro angled off the rail for the drive, wore down pacesetting Shadowbdancing in deep stretch to win the $300,000 Prairie Meadows Cornhusker Handicap (gr. II) June 27 in Iowa.

Photo: Jack Coady

Euphony, ridden by Clifton Berry, outfought Bear Now to win the $125,000 Iowa Distaff by one length for her sixth consecutive victory.

Photo: Jack Coady

Fame and Glory, under Johnny Murtagh, gives trainer Aidan O'Brien a record seventh win in the Irish Derby.

Photo: Trevor Jones

Dar Re Mi became the first European horse to qualify for the 2009 Breeders’ Cup World Championships following her half-length victory in the Audi Pretty Polly Stakes (Ire-I) June 27 at the Curragh.

Photo: Caroline Norris