The Week in Photos: September 16, 2009

This week in Thoroughbred racing.

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SALE ON: Yearlings at the Taylor Made Sales Agency consignment are readied for the Keeneland September yearling sale.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Trainer Steve Asmussen registered the 5,000th win of his training career when Passion Rules captured the 7th race at Woodbine Sept. 11.  Asmussen, trainer of Rachel Alexandra, is the fifth trainer to reach the 5,000-win plateau.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Odds-on choice Informed Decision improved to five-for-five on synthetic tracks and cemented her position as a leading candidate for the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint when she sailed to a 2 1/2-length victory in the $398,000 Presque Isle Downs Masters (gr. III) in Erie, Pa., on the evening of Sept. 12.

Photo: Coady Photography

Multiple grade I winner Pioneerof the Nile will enter stud in 2010 and will stand at Tom Simon's Vinery near Lexington.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Mastery (left), ridden by Ted Durcan, wins the Ladbrokes St. Leger (Eng-I) at Doncaster on Sept. 12 defeating stablemate Kite Wood.

Photo: Trevor Jones

French Classic winner Stacelita (inside) kept her unbeaten record intact with a controversial victory over Dar Re Mi (3) in the Qatar Prix Vermeille (Fr-I) at Longchamp Sept. 13.

Photo: John Crofts

Gotta Have Her and jockey Tyler Baze, outside, overpower Lethal Heat (Alex Solis), inside, win the Grade II, $200,000 Palomar Handicap, Wednesday, September 9, 2009 at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club.

Photo: Benoit Photo

Mark Stanley’s Swift Temper, returning to action off less than two weeks rest, upset odds-on favorite Seventh Street in the $300,000 Ruffian Handicap (gr. I) Sept. 12 in the mud at Belmont Park.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Favored Grand Couturier got the soft going he appreciates and a solid pace to chase, helping him to his first win of the year in the $158,500 Bowling Green Handicap (gr. IIT) at Belmont Park Sept. 13.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Making her stakes debut,Miss World scored a big upset in the $300,000 Garden City Handicap (gr. IT) when odds-on choice Gozzip Girl had all kinds of trouble on a soft Belmont Park inner turf course Sept. 12.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

A striking son of Storm Cat produced from the champion mare Fleet Indian was purchased by agent John Ferguson for $2,050,000, the top price during the first two days of the Keeneland September yearling sale.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

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