The Week in Photos: September 23, 2009

This week in Thoroughbred racing.

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A GOOD READ: Sheikh Mohammed studies the sale catalog undeterred by an unruly yearling during the Keeneland September sale.

Photo: Joseph Diorio Photo

Godolphin's Midshipman, last year's champion 2-year-old male who hadn't run since his victory in the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), returned in top form Sept. 18 by winning an allowance/optional claimer at Belmont Park.

Photo: Courtesy Nyra

Multiple grade I winner Tale of Ekati will stand the 2010 breeding season at John Phillips' Darby Dan Farm near Lexington.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

The major indices for the first week of Keeneland's September yearling sale are off dramatically despite a $2.05 million colt by Storm Cat.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

D' Funnybone draws clear in the seven-furlong Belmont Futurity for his third win in four starts.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Awesome Maria wins the 2009 Matron.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Rutherienne (right), one of the most consistent grass fillies in the country, eked out the narrowest of victories winning the Sept. 19 Noble Damsel Handicap by a nose.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Ventura became the first female to win the Woodbine Mile (Can-IT) in 13 years when she swept past the field on the outside to post a one-length victory in the $954,742 event on Sept. 20.

Photo: Michael Burns

Just as Well was awarded victory in the $750,000 Northern Dancer Turf (Can-IT) at Woodbine Sept. 20 when the winner, Marsh Side, was disqualified for interference in the stretch.

Photo: Michael Burns

Princess Haya, making her graded stakes debut, rallied along the hedge to nose the 2008 Eclipse Award-winning turf female Forever Together in the $283,376 Canadian Stakes (Can-IIT) at Woodbine Sept. 20.

Photo: Michael Burns

Concerns about Regal Ransom's readiness coming into the $750,000 Super Derby (gr. II) proved inconsequential when the well-bred Godolphin colt rolled to a front-running victory at Louisiana Downs Sept. 19.

Photo: Louis Hodges Jr.

Odds-on favorite Soldier's Dancer scored a repeat victory in the $250,000 PTHA President's Cup on the turf at Philadelphia Park Sept. 19, drawing away in deep stretch to score by three lengths.

Photo: Barbara Weidl/equi-photo

El Prado  , the horse that inspired Frank Stronach to get involved in the stallion business, died of an apparent heart attack in his paddock at Adena Springs near Paris, Ky. the morning of Sept. 21.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Classic winner and successful sire Summer Squall was euthanized Tuesday, Sept. 22, at William S. Farish’s Lane’s End Farm near Versailles, Ky., because of complications from the infirmities of old age.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

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