The Week in Photos: August 22, 2008

This week in Thoroughbred racing.

The Blood-Horse: 08/23/2008 issue

Photo: Blood-horse

Somewhere…A rainbow appears at Saratoga Race Course as Fiumes nears the wire during the running of the eighth race Aug. 14

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Proud Spell reasserted her position as the best 3-year-old filly in the land when she bettered Music Note in a stirring stretch drive to win the $600,000 Alabama Stakes (gr. I) by a head at Saratoga Aug. 16.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

After getting the lead from Little Belle on the far turn, Proud Spell (center), ridden by Gabriel Saez, was tackled in the lane by Music Note on the outside. Music Note, with Javier Castellano aboard, appeared to have the momentum leaving the eighth pole, but Proud Spell fought back tenaciously, getting the edge in the final couple of strides in a gutty effort by both fillies.

Photo: Coglianese Photos / Alysse Jacobs

Sent off as the second choice, Proud Spell paid $5.90 and $2.60. Music Note, who was originally being considered for the Travers (gr. I), finished second and returned $2.10. The $2 exacta paid $7.90. Little Belle finished third, 4 1/2 lengths behind, with Mushka and Sweet Vendetta far back in the small field.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Marc Keller's Grand Couturier had to check under Alan Garcia at the top of the lane, but re-rallied, split horses in mid-stretch, and drew clear to win the $500,000 Sword Dancer Invitational (gr. IT) (VIDEO) for the second consecutive year Aug. 16 at Saratoga.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Backseat Rhythm showed an appreciation for Saratoga's yielding inner turf course Aug. 15 when she powered home from the back of the pack to dominate the $150,000 Lake Placid Stakes (gr. IIT) for her first stakes victory.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Run Away and Hide stayed unbeaten in three starts and earned the second graded stakes victory of his young career, edging clear of Break Water Edison in mid-stretch to win the $150,000 Saratoga Special (gr. II) by 1 1/4 lengths Aug. 14.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Magical Fantasy, the longest shot in the $350,000 Del Mar Oaks (gr. IT),  registered a 42-1 shocker with a big finishing kick for jockey Alex Solis on the turf Aug. 16.

Photo: Benoit Photo

Tamayuz continued trainer Freddie Head’s golden run when rolling to a comfortable 2 1/2-length victory over Natagora in the Prix du Haras de Fresnay-le-Buffard Jacques le Marois (Fr-I) at Deauville Aug. 17. 

Photo: Trevor Jones

Odds-on choice Wait a While returned to her winning ways with a repeat victory in the $196,000 Ballston Spa Handicap (gr. II) on the Saratoga lawn Aug. 21.

Photo: Adam Coglianese