The Week in Photos: September 5, 2008

This week in Thoroughbred racing.

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The Blood-Horse: 09/06/2008 issue

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Eye On The Prize: People in the paddock crowd around to take a good look at Curlin prior to the Aug. 30 Woodward Stakes at Saratoga.

Photo: Skip Dickstein

Benny the Bull, seen here winning the Sunshine Millions Sprint, has been retired from racing after suffering an ankle chip. He retires with nine wins and three placings from 17 starts and earnings of $2,221,630.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Reigning Horse of the Year Curlin is back to his winning ways in taking the Woodward.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Curlin, the 3-10 favorite against six rivals, looked like a big winner as he clicked into gear for jockey Robby Albarado rounding the final turn. He drew even with pacesetter Past the Point, a 40-1 shot, in upper stretch as second choice Divine Park retreated. But after getting a slight advantage, the champ labored in the final eighth of a mile before prevailing by 1 1/4 lengths.

Photo: Coglianese Photos / Alex Evers

Juddmonte Farms’ homebred First Defence took over at the three-eighths pole and never looked back, the son of Unbridled's Song eventually romping to a decisive 6 3/4-length victory in the $250,000 Forego Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 30 at Saratoga.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

In an eventful running of the $250,000 Three Chimneys Hopeful Stakes (gr. I), it was Vineyard Haven who avoided problems and cruised to victory in Saratoga's championship race for 2-year-olds Sept. 1.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

A short 18-day turnaround proved to be no problem for the speedy Mani Bhavan, who became a grade I winner in her third start with a front-running 1 1/4-length victory in the $250,000 Spinaway Stakes at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 31.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Gustav Schickedanz’s Marlang made his first start outside of Canada a successful one, as he took his rivals all the way around the Saratoga turf to win the $111,100 Saranac Stakes (gr. IIIT) by 1 3/4 lengths Aug. 31.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Hostess kept the leaders in range throughout the easily paced $108,900 Glens Falls Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Saratoga, then burst past odds-on choice Dynaforce and two others mid-stretch for jockey Rajiv Maragh to post a neck victory Sept. 1. on the inner turf course.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

The aptly named maiden Stardom Bound, far behind the leaders on the final turn, unleashed a monstrous move through the home stretch to turn the $250,000 Del Mar Debutante (gr. I) into a 4 1/4-length stunner Sept. 1.

Photo: Benoit Photo

Madeo overtook pacesetter Tangled Tango in deep stretch to post a handy upset in the $350,000 Del Mar Derby (gr. IIT) Aug. 31.

Photo: Benoit Photo

Vacare and jockey Corey Nakatani, right, outrun Gotta Have Her (Richard Migliore), left, and Kris' Sis (Rafael Bejarano), outside, to win the Grade II, $200,000 Palomar Handicap, Saturday, August 30, 2008 at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club

Photo: Benoit Photo

Anak Nakal, rallying from far back for jockey Joe Bravo, got up in the final strides to defeat Acai by a neck in the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) at Philadelphia Park Sept. 1.

Photo: Rick Samuels

True to Tradition notched his first added-money victory in the 22nd race of his career when he defeated favored Heros Reward by four lengths in the $250,000 Turf Monster Handicap at Philadelphia Park Sept. 1.

Photo: Rick Samuels

Again (blue and orange silks) holds off Shimah to win the Moyglare Stud Stakes (Ire-I) Aug. 31 at Leopardstown.

Photo: Caroline Norris

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