The Week in Photos: August 23, 2010

Includes photos from the Alabama Stakes, Arlington Million and more.

The Blood-Horse: 8/28/2010 issue

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CHASING A MILLION: Quite a Handful (No. 5) sets the pace in the Arlington Million Aug. 21 before a full house at Arlington Park.

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English-based shipper Debussy (IRE), sent off at 11-1 in his United States debut, made a dynamic late burst along the inside to upset champion Gio Ponti in the Arlington Million (gr. IT) Aug. 21.

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Debussy in the Winner's Circle.

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Donegal Racing’s Paddy O'Prado earned his first grade I win in the $400,000 Secretariat Stakes, taking over in upper stretch and bounding home to victory as the 1-2 favorite Aug. 21 at Arlington Park

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It was the third consecutive graded win and fourth overall for the 3-year-old colt who is alone at the top of his division.

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Kent Desormeaux guided the son of El Prado, who covered 1 1/4 miles on the good turf in 2:04.71 for trainer Dale Romans.

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Arlington Park chairman Richard L. Duchossois, who named the $750,000 Beverly D. Stakes (gr. IT) for his wife, won the race for the first time when his Éclair de Lune rolled to victory over Hot Cha Cha at the Illinois track Aug. 21.

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Junior Alvarado drove the German-bred and French-raced Éclair de Lune past pacesetter Romacaca in the stretch, and the 4-year-old filly held firm by 1 1/2 lengths for her first win in four starts in the United States. In the biggest win of her career, Éclair de Lune completed the 1 3/16-mile distance on a good course in 1:56.56.

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California invader Blind Luck (left) confirmed her status as the top 3-year-old filly in the nation, as she overcame a slow pace, passed odds-on choice Devil May Care at the eighth-pole, and wore down Havre de Grace in the late stages to win the $500,000 Betfair TVG Alabama Stakes (gr. I) by a neck Aug. 21 at Saratoga.

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Trained and co-owned by Jerry Hollendorfer, Blind Luck (left) scored the fifth grade I win of her stellar career while easily winning the showdown against Devil May Care, who was regarded as the top sophomore filly on the East Coast. The daughter of Pollard's Vision has now earned $1,878,712 from her 13 starts, nine of which have been wins.

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It was the third grade I win of the season for Blind Luck, winner of the Las Virgenes (gr. I) in February at Santa Anita and the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) April 30 at Churchill Downs.

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Evening Jewel added a grade I turf win to her stellar 2010 campaign when she delivered a determined half-length victory in the $300,000 Del Mar Oaks (gr. IT) Aug. 21.

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Midday notched the fourth group I victory of her career as she rolled to an impressive three-length win in the Darley Yorkshire Oaks (Eng-I) Aug. 19.

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Going farther than he ever has before, Memorial Maniac came from off the pace to score his first graded-stakes win in the $100,000 Stars and Stripes Turf (gr. IIIT) at Arlington Park.

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With a powerful move around the far turn, 16-1 Duke of Mischief swept to the lead and rolled to a 2 1/4-length win in the $300,000 Philip H. Iselin Stakes (gr. III) at Monmouth Park Aug. 21.

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Favored No Hesitation extended his winning streak to five races with his first graded stakes success in the $286,050 Canadian Derby (Can-III) at Northlands Park in Edmonton, Alberta, Aug. 21.

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