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.
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.
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.
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.
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.