The Week in Photos: September 2, 2009

This week in Thoroughbred racing.

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SUMMER SHOWER: Summer Bird splashes home in the Aug. 29 Travers Stakes over a sloppy track at Saratoga racetrack in upstate New York.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Summer Bird emulates his sire, Birdstone, in winning the Belmont and Travers

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Icon Project, ridden by Julien Leparoux, demolished her rivals with a Rachel Alexandra-type performance Aug. 30  in the $400,000 Personal Ensign Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race course.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Godolphin's Music Note repelled a bid from Indian Blessing at the top of the stretch and sloshed home for a 5 1/4-length upset victory in the $300,000 Ballerina (gr. I) Aug. 29 at Saratoga.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Capt. Candyman Can (left) gained victory in the $300,000 NetJets King's Bishop Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 29 when the original winner Vineyard Haven (right) was disqualified for drifting out into the path of his challenger in deep stretch on a sloppy Saratoga main track.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Darley Stable’s Justenuffhumor remains undefeated on the season as he collared pacesetter Cowboy Cal inside the sixteenth-pole and posted a half–length victory in the $200,000 Bernard Baruch Handicap (gr. IIT) Aug. 28 on the Saratoga turf.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Sara Louise, the last horse to defeat superstar filly Rachel Alexandra, returned from a nine-month layoff in sparkling fashion, coming from off the pace to score the $110,000 Victory Ride (gr. III) Aug. 29 at Saratoga.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Salve Germania, the longest shot in the $200,000 Ballston Spa Handicap (gr. IIT), charged down the center of the stretch to tag favored Rutherienne by a head at the wire on a soggy Saratoga Melon Turf Course Aug. 29.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Spring House earned a repeat victory in the $250,000 Del Mar Handicap (gr. IIT) when he came from far off the pace Aug. 30 in the fog to catch the outsider Sir Dave by an extremely short nose on the turf.

Photo: Benoit Photo

After a couple of close tries earlier this year, trainer Ben Cecil warned that Ferneley would win a big race before all was said and done. That day came Aug. 29 when the Irish-bred 5-year-old swept past his tiring rivals to score a convincing 1 1/2-length win in the $238,000 Del Mar Mile (gr. IIT).

Photo: Benoit Photo

Termagant, making just her second career start, pulled off a surprising 16-1 upset when she drew off to a 2 1/2-length victory over Famous in the Moyglare Stud Stakes (Ire-I) at the Curragh Aug. 30.

Photo: Caroline Norris

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