The Week in Photos: August 29, 2008

This week in Thoroughbred racing.

The Blood-Horse: 08/30/2008 issue

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As Close As It Gets: WinStar Farm's Colonel John (white silks) narrowly defeats Mambo in Seattle in classic Travers Aug. 23 at Saratoga.

Photo: Coglianese Photos / Alex Evers

Michael Iavarone of IEAH Stables stated this week that dual classic winner Big Brown is scheduled to have his prep for the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) in a turf race at Monmouth Park Sept. 13

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Tin Cup Chalice (right) became the first horse to sweep the OTB Big Apple Triple Aug. 20 at Saratoga when he held off an upset bid by That'srightofficer to win the $150,000, nine-furlong Albany Stakes for 3-year-old New York-breds.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Colonel John (right) eventually gets the better of Mambo in Seattle in the Travers Stakes, but just barely.

Photo: Coglianese Photos / Alex Evers

It takes a close look at the finish line to see that Colonel John (inside) actually nips Mambo in Seattle in the 'Mid-Summer Derby'.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Ginger Punch (left) barley catches Lemon Drop Mom Aug. 22 in the Personal Ensign Stakes (gr. I).

Photo: Coglianese Photos / Alex Evers

Ginger Punch (left) won for the fourth consecutive time and recorded her sixth career grade I victory. She stayed a perfect 3-for-3 on the Saratoga dirt, as she entered off a 1 1/4-length triumph in the Go for Wand (gr. I), a race she also won in 2007.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Intangaroo notched her third grade I score of the season, as she came from off the pace under Alonso Quinonez and stormed past rivals in the stretch to take the $250,000 Ballerina Stakes (gr. I) by 2 3/4 lengths Aug. 24 at Saratoga.

Photo: Coglianese Photos / Alex Evers

Last coming off the turn, Visionaire circled the field to post an impressive 2 1/4-length win in the $250,000 NetJets King's Bishop Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Aug. 23.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Shadwell Stable’s homebred Shakis roared from the back of the pack and nailed War Monger in the final strides to take the $200,000 Bernard Baruch Handicap (gr. IIT) for the second consecutive year on the Saratoga grass Aug. 23.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Odds-on choice Indyanne missed the break, enabling upsetter Porte Bonheur to run her down in the stretch en route to winning the $110,100 Victory Ride Stakes (gr. III) by a half-length at Saratoga Aug. 23.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

A day after winning the $1-million Travers Stakes Presented by Shadwell Farm (gr. I) with Colonel John in New York, jockey Garrett Gomez switched coasts to guide favored Go Between (outside) to a head victory over Well Armed in the $1-million Pacific Classic (gr. I) at Del Mar.

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Go Between (left) earns a berth in the $5-million Breeders' Cup Classic Oct. 25 at Santa Anita with his victory in the Pacific Classic, a ""Win and You're In"" challenge race.

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Favored Whatsthescript got the fast pace he was looking for and unleashed an eye-catching move down the center of the stretch to capture the $328,000 Del Mar Mile Handicap (gr. IIT) by three-quarters of a length on the grass Aug. 24.

Photo: Benoit Photo

Dearest Trickski (right), claimed for $32,000 a little more than a year ago, continued her amazing run toward the top of the filly and mare sprint division, as she broke to an early lead under Mike Smith and held off Tiz Elemental by a nose to win the $200,000 Rancho Bernardo Handicap (gr. III) in scintillating fashion Aug. 24 at Del Mar.

Photo: Benoit Photo

Illinois shipper Lewis Michael got a perfect setup along the inside to post a runaway upset in the $297,500 Pat O'Brien Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) at Del Mar Aug. 24.

Photo: Benoit Photo

Heavy favorite Spring House (right), given a push-button ride by Corey Nakatani, set a turf course record for 11 furlongs in the $250,000 Del Mar Handicap (gr. IIT) Aug. 23, earning a slot in the Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) in the process.

Photo: Benoit Photo

Duke of Marmalade captured his fifth group I of the season by stubbornly holding off Phoenix Tower by three-quarters of a length to win the Juddmonte International (Eng-I) at Newmarket Aug. 23. 

Photo: Trevor Jones

Lush Lashes and Kevin Manning take the Darley Yorkshire Oaks (Eng-I) by 1 1/4 lengths at Newmarket Aug. 22.

Photo: Trevor Jones

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