The Week in Photos: August 1, 2008

This week in Thoroughbred racing.

The Blood-Horse: 08/02/2008 issue

Photo: Blood-horse

Blowing Bubbles: On a hot July day, a mare cools off and blows bubbles while in a pond on a farm near Ocala, Florida.

Photo: Louise E. Reinagel

Curlin, the 2007 Horse of the Year, worked five furlongs at Saratoga July 28 in preparation for a start that, according to trainer Steve Asmussen has yet to be determined.

Photo: Skip Dickstein

Hall of Fame jockey Kent Desormeaux became the 23rd jockey to ride 5,000 winners when he guided Gumpster Stables' Bella Attrice to win the seventh race at Saratoga July 27.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Three years after last winning the Whitney Handicap (gr. I), 7-year-old Commentator returned to the Saratoga winner's circle when he galloped to a surprisingly easy front-running victory in the $750,000 Spa fixture on July 26.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Commentator, who was ridden by John Velazquez, joins three-time winner Kelso and Discovery as the only repeat winners of the Whitney.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Ginger Punch showed her grit as a true champion by splitting horses just outside the eighth-pole and finally taking over at the top of the stretch to earn a hard-fought 1 1/4-length victory in the $250,000 Go For Wand Handicap (gr. I) July 26 at Saratoga.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

The victory was Ginger Punch’s seventh career graded stakes and her fifth grade I triumph. She won the Go For Wand in 2007 by six lengths.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Preakness (gr. I) runner-up Macho Again split horses coming off the turn, took over inside the eighth-pole and held off a late charge from favored Pyro to post a half-length upset victory in the $500,000 Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II) July 27 at Saratoga.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Pyro, left, and Macho Again battled down the stretch but in the end Macho Again prevailed with Pyro finishing second.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Making only the third turf start of her career, Forever Together rallied from last, angled out in the stretch under Julien Leparoux and flew past Dynaforce inside the sixteenth-pole to take the $500,000 Diana (gr. IT) (VIDEO) by three-quarters of a length July 26 at Saratoga.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Abraaj, under a vigorous ride from Alan Garcia, earned his first stakes victory when he rallied from far off the pace to win the $250,000 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap (gr. II) at Saratoga July 26.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Duke of Marmalade (blue silks) proved his mettle over 12 furlongs in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Royal Ascot July 26, battling back in the final 200 yards to defeat the upstart Papal Bull and claim his fourth consecutive group I win for trainer Aidan O'Brien.

Photo: Trevor Jones

Mastercraftsman was an easy winner of the Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh on July 27.

Photo: Caroline Norris

Street Boss circled the field coming off the turn and swept past the leaders in the closing stages to win the $300,000 Bing Crosby Handicap (VIDEO) at Del Mar July 27 for his second straight grade I victory.

Photo: Benoit Photo

Ridden by David Flores from the rail, Street Boss dropped back behind a quick pace and turned in his usual strong closing kick to defeat In Summation, the defending Crosby champion, by one length.

Photo: Benoit Photo

Richard L. Davis' Storm Mesa and jockey Eddie Martin, Jr. win the Grade II, $150,000 San Clemente Handicap, Saturday, July 26, 2008 at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club

Photo: Benoit Photo

Bred in Kentucky by M & N Mazzoni, Storm Mesa is out of the Pleasant Colony mare Narjis Flower and sold for $80,000 at the Ocala Breeders' Company April 2007 sale.

Photo: Benoit Photo

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