The Week in Photos: July 25, 2008

This week in Thoroughbred racing.

The Blood-Horse: 07/26/2008 issue

Photo: Blood-horse

Running Colors: An overexposed image helps show the speed of Thoroughbred racing as a field of horses takes to the turf at Calder Race Course.

Photo: Eliot J. Schechter

Godolphin Racing’s Music Note put on an awesome display in the $300,000 Coaching Club American Oaks (gr. I) July 19 Belmont, taking over at the quarter-pole and romping to an 11-length win for her second consecutive grade I score.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

A well-bred daughter of A.P. Indy--Note Musicale, by Sadler’s Wells, Music Note was in no hurry while last in a field of five through a half-mile. She began to advance under Javier Castellano midway on the turn and easily took over after a mile with a three-wide move. The 3-year-old bay filly drew off with urging and was never challenged in the stretch.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Gio Ponti got the nose decision over Court Vision in the $772,500 Virginia Derby (gr. IIT) in a tremendous stretch run over the Colonial Downs turf course July 19, spoiling favored Sailor's Cap's shot at a $5 million bonus.

Photo: Jeff Coady / Coady Photography

Flying Zee Stable’s homebred I Lost My Choo came flying down the stretch and ran down longtime leader Julia Tuttle in the final strides to take the $200,000 Virginia Oaks (gr. IIIT) in thrilling fashion July 19 on the Colonial Downs turf.

Photo: Jeff Coady / Coady Photography

Monzante took the overland route in coming from last to catch favored Whatsthescript in the final strides, winning the $400,000 Eddie Read Handicap (gr. IT) in eye-catching style by a half-length on the Del Mar turf course July 20.

Photo: Benoit Photo

Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Monzante gained his first-ever turf win for his American connections, including owners Scott Anastasi and Jay and Gretchen Manoogian.

Photo: Benoit Photo

Well Armed claimed an easy front-running victory in the $300,000 San Diego Handicap (gr. II) (VIDEO) in track record time over the revamped Polytrack surface at Del Mar July 19.

Photo: Benoit Photo

On the opening day at Saratoga Race Course the $112,900 Schuylerville Stakes (gr. III) was both good and bad for trainer Steve Asmussen, who saddled the overlooked Jardin to victory over the sloppy main track even as favored Ocean Colors faded to last in the test of 2-year-old fillies July 23.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Desert Party, purchased by Darley for $2.1 million earlier this year, received a rail-skimming ride from Edgar Prado and ran away from three rivals in the scratched-diluted $150,000 Sanford Stakes (gr. II) July 24 in the mud at Saratoga.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

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