The Week in Photos: October 28, 2009

This week in Thoroughbred racing.

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Godolphin's big year continued Oct. 24 when odds-on choice Vineyard Haven burst through along the inside in deep stretch to capture the $300,000 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash (gr. I) over a sloppy track at Laurel Park.

Photo: Maryland Jockey Club/jim Mccue

A change in tactics helped Black Mamba capture the $125,000 Rood and Riddle Dowager Stakes at Keeneland in likely the final start of her career Oct. 25.

Photo: Mathea Kelley

April Pride overcame her far outside post and some heavy traffic in the homestretch to post an impressive upset win in Oak Tree's $100,000 Harold C. Ramser Sr. Handicap (gr. IIIT), her American graded stakes debut for trainer James Cassidy Oct. 24 on the Santa Anita grass.

Photo: Benoit Photo

Satans Quick Chick slid through the inside under Leandro Goncalves and caught Slides Choice and Don'ttalktome in the final strides to pull a 23-1 upset in the $300,000 Lexus Raven Run (gr. II) for 3-year-old fillies Oct. 24 at Keeneland.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Banrock wins the Mohawk Stakes over the Belmont turf on closing day of the park's fall meet Oct. 25.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Ramon Dominguez rode four stakes winners Oct. 24 at rainy Belmont Park, including a three-quarters of a length victory by Haynesfield in the $250,000 Empire Classic.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Eye of Taurus (right), a 13-1 shot, stole the second leg of the $125,000 Pin Oak Valley View (gr. IIIT) (VIDEO), giving trainer Kiaran McLaughlin and jockey John Velazquez a sweep of both divisions of the Oct. 23 feature for 3-year-old fillies at Keeneland.

Photo: Mathea Kelley

In the first division of the Valley View, which went as race 7, Dell Ridge Farm’s Bluegrass Princess also notched her first stakes score at odds of 7-1 when she stalked the lead, made her winning move on the turn, and took a clear lead into the stretch under Velazquez.

Photo: Mathea Kelley

Cloudy's Knight (pink cap), moving in tandem with favorite Winchester during a big stretch move, caught Yate's Black Cat just before the wire to win the $125,000 Sycamore (gr. IIIT) by a head Oct. 22 at Keeneland.

Photo: Mathea Kelley

Ronchalon Stable’s Belle Allure notched her first stakes win in North America Oct. 21 at Belmont, getting up in the final jumps to edge Kristi With a K in the $106,500 Athenia Stakes (gr. IIIT).

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Favored Operation Red Dawn collared pacesetter Lemon Cream Pie in deep stretch on his way to his first stakes win in the $106,500 Knickerbocker (gr. IIIT) on Belmont Park's inner turf course Oct. 22.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

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