The Week in Photos: July 11, 2008

This week in Thoroughbred racing.

The Blood-Horse: 07/12/2008 issue

Photo: Blood-horse

On The Surface: Curlin, the reigning Horse of the Year, works on the turf under Robby Albarado July 1 at Churchill Downs.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Ellis Park Meet Salvaged; Track, Horsemen Strike Agreement; Park Scheduled To Open July 11.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Denis of Cork, runner-up in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) and third in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), will be sidelined with the beginnings of a hairline fracture, owner William K. Warren stated July 7.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Grade I winner Heatseeker has been retired from racing because of a suspensory injury. The 5-year-old son of Giant's Causeway had been scratched from his last race. His big win came at this year's Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I).

Photo: Benoit Photo

Pure Clan, the first horse veteran trainer Bob Holthus has raced in California, wins the grade I American Oaks Invitational at Hollywood Park.

Photo: Benoit Photo

Diamond Diva, under David Flores, nosed out Ventura (outside) for a score in the CashCall Mile.

Photo: Benoit Photo

Unbeaten Zenyatta's effort was a cut below her best on a hot day at Hollywood Park, but that was good enough to win the $300,000 Vanity Handicap (gr. I) July 5.

Photo: Benoit Photo

Street Boss continued his rapid ascent among the nation's top sprinters when he overcame a wide trip to defeat a stubborn Elite Squadron in the $300,000 Triple Bend Handicap (gr. I) at Hollywood Park July 5.

Photo: Benoit Photo

Champion Indian Blessing came from off the pace to win the Prioress over an off track at Belmont Park.

Photo: Coglianese Photos/susie Raisher

Odds-on choice Mint Lane controlled the pace and was never threatened while posting a 2 3/4-length victory in the $198,500 Dwyer Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. II).

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Lucky Island showed his greed for speed in the $161,000 Tom Fool Handicap (gr. II), grabbing the lead after bursting out of the starting gate from the one hole and rolling to a 4 1/4 –length victory, without a serious challenge.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Any Limit hit the winner’s circle for the first time in nearly 17 months July 4 at Belmont, getting the early jump on six rivals, then holding off Wild Gams in a determined stretch drive to narrowly win the $150,000 First Flight Handicap (gr. II).

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Precious Passion (right) holds off Strike a Deal to take the United Nations at Monmouth Park.

Photo: Bill Denver / Equi-photos

J Be K stamped himself as one of the legitimate leaders of the sprint division, putting on a dominating performance in the $150,000 Jersey Shore Stakes (gr. III) July 4 at Monmouth Park.

Photo: Bill Denver / Equi-photos

Front-running Thorn Song slammed the door on prohibitive choice Einstein in the stretch and held on for a one-length victory in the $213,250 Firecracker Handicap (gr. IIT) over a yielding Churchill Downs turf course July 4.

Photo: Reed Palmer

Mount Nelson notched another group I win for the Ballydoyle team when he nailed Phoenix Tower at the wire to capture the Coral-Eclipse Stakes (Eng-I) at Sandown Park July 5.

Photo: Trevor Jones

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