The Year in Photos: 2007

A photographic review of 2007. Updated on 1/4/2008.

GOOD THINGS COME IN THREES: Super-talented 3-year-olds dominated the racing scene in 2007. Curlin is shown here winning the 2007 Breeders' Cup Classic Powered by Dodge.

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Photo: Skip Dickstein

Street Sense had a big year.

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Photo: Jeffrey Snyder

Rags to Riches and Curlin battled.

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Photo: ADAM COGLIANESE

Hard Spun fought hard all year.

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Photo: COGLIANESE PHOTO

Any Given Saturday shined in 2007 as well.

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Photo: ADAM COGLIANESE

Barbaro, the horse who captured the hearts of racing fans everywhere, lost his courageous battle with laminitis in early 2007.

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Photo: BARBARA D. LIVINGSTON

Invasor gets top honor at Eclipse Awards. Invasor, who won all four of his races in the United States in 2006, was named Horse of the Year at the annual award ceremonies in Beverly Hills, California.

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Photo: ALEXANDER BARKOFF

James Tafel's homebred Street Sense ran away with the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs to become the first horse ever to win the race after taking the Breeders' Cup Juvenile as a 2-year-old.

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Photo: Barbara D. Livingston

With a furious late rally in deep stretch, Curlin and jockey Robby Albarado nail Derby winner Street Sense on the line to win the Preakness Stakes by a head.

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Photo: Rick Samuels

Belle of Belmont: At the wire, Rags to Riches put her head in front to become the first filly since Winning Colors in 1988 to win an American classic race and the first filly since 1905 to win the Belmont.

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Photo: ADAM COGLIANESE

Dream Rush (left) brought home one of a number of graded stakes victories in 2007 for West Point Thoroughbreds, which is headed by Terry Finley.

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Photo: ADAM COGLIANESE

Funny Cide, winner of the 2003 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes was retired from racing in 2007.

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Photo: BARBARA D. LIVINGSTON

Saratoga is known as the ""Graveyard of Favorites,"" and James Tafel's homebred Street Sense (left) had to dig deep to defeat Grasshopper by a half-length in the Travers Stakes.

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Photo: ADAM COGLIANESE

John Henry, one of the greatest Thoroughbred runners to have ever lived, was euthanized at the age of 32 at his longtime home, the Kentucky Horse Park, October 8, 2007.

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Photo: BLOOD-HORSE

Rainy Day in Jersey: Monmouth Park on the New Jersey shore was all dressed up for hosting the Breeders' Cup World Championships Oct. 26-27. However, Monmouth officials couldn't control the weather. The rains came in early in the week and never stopped, causing the event to be run over a sloppy main track and bog-like turf course.

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Photo: ELIOT SCHECHTER

Curlin wins the 2007 Rebel Stakes in impressive fashion.

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Photo: JEFF COADY

Head shot of 2007 Triple Crown contender Hard Spun.

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Photo: Barbara D. Livingston

Hard Spun wins 2007 Lane' s End Stakes.

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Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

""Queen"" Rags

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Photo: Barbara D. Livingston

Leading trainer Todd Pletcher hoists a classic trophy for the first time.

Photo: BARBARA D. LIVINGSTON

On June 9 All Pro wide receiver Chad Johnson of the Cincinnati Bengals sprinted one-sixteenth of a mile in 11.1 seconds to defeat Thoroughbred racehorse Restore the Roar and retired jockey Patricia Cooksey on the River Downs turf course.

Photo: JOHN ENGLEHARDT

Shadwell Stable's reigning Horse of the Year Invasor suffered a career-ending injury to his right hind ankle and has been retired from racing following his last major work in preparation for the Suburban Handicap at Belmont Park.

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Photo: BARBARA D. LIVINGSTON

Packed house cheers Funny Cide to win. Funny Cide won the Wadsworth Memorial July 4 at Finger Lakes.

Photo: TOM COOLEY

Panty Raid ships from the East Coast to top an international field in the $750,000 American Oaks at Hollywood Park.

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Photo: BENOIT PHOTO

Derby Winner Funny Cide Retired; Connections Call It Bittersweet

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Photo: SKIP DICKSTEIN

Another beautiful morning at historic Saratoga Race Course.

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Photo: Barbara D. Livingston

The sun breaks through the fog in this scenic shot of the Oklahoma training track at Saratoga Race Course.

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Photo: Barbara D. Livingston

The A.P. Smithwick Memorial Steeplechase (NSA-II) Aug. 9 at Saratoga came down to the final 20 yards of the flat run when a determined Mixed Up outfought the front-running Preemptive Strike to win by a half-length.

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Photo: ADAM COGLIANESE

Saratoga's ""Win and You're In"" weekend was highlighted by Lawyer Ron's convincing score in the Whitney.

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Photo: ADAM COGLIANESE

Lawyer Ron and John Velazquez pull away from the rest of the field to set a new record in the Whitney at Saratoga.

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Photo: ADAM COGLIANESE

Street Sense has hero's return in Jim Dandy.

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Photo: ADAM COGLIANESE

Ginger Punch ran off and hid from her five opponents in the Go for Wand, winning by six lengths in a time of 1:49.19.

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Photo: ADAM COGLIANESE

Curlin, with Robby Albarado aboard, comes from behind in the stretch to catch Lawyer Ron in Gold Cup win.

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Photo: ADAM COGLIANESE

A Keeneland September sale yearling is inspected under a leafy tree. The auction showed tremendous strength this year.

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Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

It was an inauspicious racing debut for The Green Monkey, who brought a world record $16-million at auction last year. The Green Monkey finished third, beaten seven lengths by the winner, Roi Maudit, in the fourth race at Belmont Park Sept. 15.

Photo: SKIP DICKSTEIN

Racing at Laytown in Ireland is conducted on the beach; here the field for the fifth race Sept. 6 hits the home stretch.

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Photo: Trevor Jones

Maryfield (left) takes the Ballerina Breeders' Cup at the wire.

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Photo: ADAM COGLIANESE

Lady Joanne is the winner of the 2007 Alabama Stakes at Saratoga Race Course.

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Photo: ADAM COGLIANESE

George Washington was euthanized after the Breeders' Cup Classic because the European champion suffered a fracture of the cannon bone in the right front fetlock joint as well as fractured sesamoids.

Photo: Barbara D. Livingston

The Breeders' Cup World Championships at rain soaked Monmouth Park on the Jersey Shore, run for the first time with 11 races over two days, left ample time for reflective moments.

Photo: RICK SAMUELS

Playful Act brings world-record price at Keeneland auction.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

It was announced that undefeated War Pass will stand at Lane's End Farm near Versailles, KY, upon his retirement from racing.

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Photo: Barbara D. Livingston

Dylan Thomas is named 2007 Cartier Horse of the Year.

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Photo: Trevor Jones

Jockey Bill Hartack won a co-record five Kentucky Derbys, including the '64 running aboard E.P. Taylor's Northern Dancer. Hartack passed away on Nov. 26 at the age of 74.

Photo: CHURCHILL DOWNS PHOTO

Street Sense, shown here at Darley Farm, is the leading incoming stallion for 2008 by stud fee, standing for $75,000.

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Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

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