The Week in Photos: October 7, 2009

This week in Thoroughbred racing.

Summer Bird continued his meteoric rise to the top of the Thoroughbred ranks, as he turned back fellow 3-year-old Quality Road to win the $750,000 Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I) by a length Oct. 3 at Belmont Park.

Photo: Coglianese Photos/david Alcosser

Music Note, as expected, swept to victory with jockey Rajiv Maragh in the $600,000 Beldame (gr. I) at rainy Belmont Park Oct. 3.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Pure Clan overtook Criticism in the final furlong to register a convincing 2 3/4-length win in the $600,000 Flower Bowl Invitational (gr. IT) at foggy, soggy Belmont Park Oct. 3.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Elliot Mavorah’s Interpatation pulled a shocker in the $600,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational (gr. IT) and did it in sensational fashion. The 7-year-old gelding was passed by Gio Ponti with a furlong remaining, then re-rallied on the heavy favorite to score a 43-1 upset Oct. 3 at Belmont Park.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Much like he did earlier in the year in the Carter Handicap (gr. I), Kodiak Kowboy ran down odds-on favorite Fabulous Strike in the final yards to claim the $400,000 Vosburgh (gr. I) by a half-length Oct. 3 at Belmont Park.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Undefeated Lookin At Lucky handled his first try at two turns successfully in the $300,000 Norfolk Stakes (gr. I) Oct. 4, allowing trainer Bob Baffert to look forward to the Nov. 7 Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park.

Photo: Benoit Photo

Blind Luck, an $11,000 yearling, blasted down the stretch to catch pacesetter Always a Princess, winning the $300,000 Oak Leaf Stakes (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park Oct. 4.

Photo: Benoit Photo

Careless Jewel won just as a 3-10 favorite is supposed to, as the talented filly led every step of the way in a no-doubt-about-it 3 1/2-length victory in the $750,000 Fitz Dixon Cotillion (gr. II) Oct. 3 at Philadelphia Casino & Racetrack.

Photo: Alyssa Spakowski/equi-photo

Misremembered beat a full field of 3-year-olds in the $500,000 Indiana Derby (gr. II) at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino Oct. 3.

Photo: Linscott Photos

Odds-on choice Gone Astray closed stoutly to sweep past pacesetter War Fighter en route to a 2 1/4-length win in the $150,000 Ohio Derby (gr. II) at cloudy Thistledown Oct. 3.

Photo: Natalie Zamaiko

Le Grand Cru took advantage of a short field and a savvy ride by Jose Lezcano, rolling to a 1 1/2-length win in the off-the-turf $250,000 Kelso Handicap (gr. III) Oct. 4 at Belmont Park.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Favored California Flag led nearly all the way to win the $100,000 Morvich Handicap (gr. IIIT) on opening day of the Oak Tree Racing Association meet at Santa Anita Park Sept. 30, earning a repeat victory in the hillside turf course event over runner-up Get Funky and a berth in the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint.

Photo: Benoit Photo

Making her first start on dirt, Dad's Crazy took the lead turning for home and drew clear for a 3 1/4-length win against only two rivals in the $156,000 Miss Grillo Stakes Oct. 4 at Belmont.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Bold Chieftain became the first two-time winner of the California Cup Classic and went over $1 million in career earnings in a bittersweet victory at Oak Tree's Santa Anita meeting Oct. 3.

Photo: Benoit Photo

Eskendereya gave Todd Pletcher a clean sweep of the 2-year-old stakes at Belmont Park Oct. 3 when he split horses coming off the turn and bounded home to an impressive 7 1/4–length win in the $154,500 Pilgrim Stakes.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Sea the Stars considered among the all-tie greats following his Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe victory at Longchamp on Oct. 4. The Arc de Triomphe was the sixth consecutive group I victory for the 3-year-old Cape Cross colt.

Photo: Trevor Jones

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