The Week In Photos: July 25, 2011

Opening week photos for Del Mar and Saratoga.

OUT OF THE GATE: The first race on opening day of the Del Mar summer meet is in this week's issue of The Blood-Horse.

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Fans wait on the rail for the start of the first race on opening day at Del Mar.

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United States Naval Captain and NASA astronaut Mark Kelly made the winner's presentation after 'The Gabrielle Giffords' on Friday afternoon at Saratoga Race Course, a race named in honor of his wife, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Giffords, a representative from Southern Arizona, is recuperating from injuries sustained when she was shot at a constituent event on January 8.

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Del Mar hosts a hat contest on opening day.

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The contest was very successful as much of the crowd participated.

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The hat contest participants range in styles, from elegant . . .

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. . . to flashy hats at Del Mar.

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Even a few guys decide to participate with their hats.

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Del Mar had competition for opening day hats, as Saratoga hosted the Hats Off to Saratoga contest.

Photo: Vic Zast

Kim Brooking, exercise rider, wins the Hats Off to Saratoga hat contest.

Photo: Vic Zast

Favored Georgie's Angel Easily Takes Schuylerville on Saratoga's opening day.

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Jackson Bend slipped through an opening along the rail at the top of the stretch en route to his first win since October 2009 in the $78,000 James Marvin Stakes.

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Mr. Commons and jockey Mike Smith win the $100,000 Oceanside Stakes.

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Godolphin Racing's It's Tricky recorded her second straight grade I victory when she outdueled Plum Pretty and defeated an all-star cast in the $250,000 TVG Coaching Club American Oaks.

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Acclamation and jockey Joel Rosario win the Grade I, $300,000 Eddie Read Stakes.

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Norvsky with Rafael Bejarano wins the $100,000 California Dreamin' Handicap.

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Trainer Todd Pletcher says he's not comparing new stable star Overdriven to last year's champion 2-year-old colt Uncle Mo. But he may have trouble keeping others from doing so after an easy win in the Sanford Stakes July 24.

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Recent British import Up In Time swept past pacesetter Mizdirection in deep stretch to produce an 11-1 upset in the $150,000 San Clemente Handicap.

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