The Week in Photos: August 26, 2009

This week in Thoroughbred racing.

WHICH SIX? Grassy (No. 9) gets up to win a six-horse photo Aug. 22 at Saratoga. The official margins are: nose, nose, nose, nose, and nose.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Trainer Steve Asmussen said Aug. 24 that top 3-year-old filly Rachel Alexandra will run in the Sept. 5 Woodward Stakes (gr. I).

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Hours before entries were taken Aug. 26 it was announced that Mine That Bird, winner of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), would not run in the $1 million Shadwell Travers (gr. I) at Saratoga.

Photo: Skip Dickstein

Careless Jewel ran away from seven rivals to win the Alabama (gr.I) by 11 lengths in a breakthrough performance Aug. 22 at Saratoga.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

D' Funnybone, purchased privately one month ago by top owner Paul Pompa Jr., provided an immediate return on the investment when he crushed his rivals in the $150,000 Saratoga Special (gr. II) at the Spa Aug. 20.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Worstcasescenario enjoyed a best-case trip with jockey Alan Garcia to spring a 13-1 surprise in the $150,000 Adirondack Stakes (gr. II) at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 19.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Sagamore Farm’s Shared Account gamely held off a determined Keertana under a light rain to win the 26th running of the $150,000 Lake Placid Stakes (gr. IIT) at Saratoga Race Course on Aug. 21.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Internallyflawless, making her second start of the year for trainer Bob Baffert, took the lead into the stretch and held off challenges from heavy favorite Well Monied and outsider Nan to win the $350,000 Del Mar Oaks (gr. IT) on turf Aug. 22.

Photo: Benoint Photo

Locally-based Chirac broke on top and never looked back, powering his way to a 12-1 upset against five rivals that included odds-on favorite Coal Play in the $300,000 Philip H. Iselin (gr. III) Aug. 22 in the Monmouth Park slop.

Photo: Rick Samuels

Sea The Stars (left) once again showed why he is rated the best horse in the world by wearing down Mastercraftsman (right) in the final furlong to win the Juddmonte International (Eng-I) by a length at York Aug. 18.

Photo: Trevor Jones

Benefiting from a strong ride by Jimmy Fortune, Dar Re Mi took command within the final furlong and easily held off heavily favored Sariska to win the Darley Yorkshire Oaks (Eng-I) Aug. 20.

Photo: Trevor Jones

Borderlescott (left) rallied under new jockey Neil Callan to overtake pacesetter Benbaun and win the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes (Eng-I) by a neck Aug. 21 during the Ebor-at-York meeting.

Photo: Trevor Jones