2008 Year In Review

A look back at 2008

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At the 37th Eclipse Awards, Curlin took home top honors as 2007 Horse of the Year.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Live Racing Cancelled' was a familiar sign at Santa Anita early January, as drainage problems with the Cushion track caused the loss of 11 racing days.

Photo: Benoit

Russell Baze rode his 10,000 winner on Feb. 1 at Golden Gate Fields.

Photo: Bill Vassar

Intangaroo won her first of three 2008 grade I's in the Santa Monica.

Photo: Benoit

The New York Racing Association won a 25-year exclusive franchise to continue operations at Aqueduct, Belmont Park, and Saratoga.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

1988 Kentucky Derby winner Winning Colors, shown with her first foal, was euthanized on Feb. 17 due to complications from colic.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Einstein takes charge in the Gulfstream ParkTurf Handicap (gr. I) .

Photo: Adam Coglianese

The Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) went to Heatseeker.

Photo: Benoit

Eight Belles victory in the Honeybee prompted her owner, Rick Porter, to pay the late nomination fee for the Triple Crown.

Photo: Jeff Coady/coady Photography

2007 champion 3-year old filly and Belmont Stakes winner Rag to Riches was retired on March 24.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Big Brown dominated the Florida Derby and became the favorite for the Derby.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

By a vote of his peers, jockey Richard Migliore became the 59th recipient of the George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award.

Photo: Benoit

A company based in Dubai and headed by a close associate of Sheikh Mohammed purchased Fasig-Tipton, North America's oldest Thoroughbred auction company.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Colonel John took the Santa Anita Derby to claim the honor of best 3-year old in the west leading into the Derby.

Photo: Benoit

2007 Breeders' Cup Mile winner Kip Deville began his 2008 season with a victory in the Maker's Mark Mile at Keeneland.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt/Blood-Horse Publications

Peppers Pride took the Russell & Helen Foutz Distaff Handicap on April 26 to equal Thoroughbred racing's modern day record of 16 consecutive victories.

Photo: Robbi Large/coady Photography

Proud Spell splashed to victory in the Kentucky Oaks.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Big Brown romped in the Kentucky Derby from the #20 post. But, the race was marred by the breakdown of Eight Belles who finished 2nd.

Photo: Courtney V. Bearse

Bay Meadows Race Course held the final day of its regular meet May 11 after 74 years.

Photo: Bill Vassar

May saw the pensioning of two great sires: Sadler's Wells and

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Storm Cat

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Big Brown cruised to a 5 1/4 length victory in the Preakness to remain undefeated.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Jockey Jeremy Rose was suspended for 6 months (later reduced to 3) and forced to complete an anger management course by Delaware Park stewards for his misuse of the whip on Appeal to the City.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Da' Tara scored a stunning upset in the Belmont Stakes, as Big Brown was eased

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Dubai World Cup winner Curlin made a triumphant return to America with victory in the Stephen Foster at Churchill Downs.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Champion Ginger Punch continued her winning ways in the Ogden Phipps.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Lava Man, the only horse to sweep the Santa Anita Handicap, Hollywood Gold Cup and Pacific Classic, was retired in July.

Photo: Benoit

Big Brown bounces back from his Belmont loss with a win in the Haskell

Photo: Skip Dickstein

Genuine Risk, one of only three fillies to win the Derby, dies at age 31

Photo: Blood-horse Library

Curlin's Jockey Club win pushes him to the top of the North American earnings list

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Horses are paraded in the evening during the Keeneland September yearling sale

Photo: Joe Di'orio

Alysheba returns to the KY Horse Park on Halloween

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

With the mountains in the background, fans are greeted to the Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Midnight Lute wins his second consecutive Breeders' Cup Sprint

Photo: Rick Samuels

2-year-old Stardom Bound is awesome in her Breeders' Cup win

Photo: Rick Samuels

Zenyatta ran her undefeated streak to nine with her Breeders' Cup win

Photo: Wally Skalij

Eliot Schechter's camera catches training at Santa Anita in a different light

Photo: Eliot Schechter

Raven's Pass upset Curlin in the Breeders' Cup Classic

Photo: Wally Skalij

Better than Honour sells for a record $14M at Fasig Tipton in November

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Peppers Pride sets the modern record of 19 wins in a row in December at Sunland Park

Photo: Sunland Park

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