The Week in Photos for 4/8/2014

Aqueduct, Santa Anita Park, Keeneland, Australia, Oaklawn Park, Calder and more

California Chrome and Victor Espinoza are in command in mid-stretch and go on to win the Grade I $1,000,000 Santa Anita Derby at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California.

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Start of the Grade I Wood Memorial at Aqueduct Racetrack in New York.

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Photo: Adam Coglianese/NYRA

Final turn of the of the Grade I Wood Memorial at Aqueduct.

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Photo: Joe Labozzetta/NYRA

Centennial Farm's Wicked Strong with jockey Rajiv Maragh aboard charges home to win the 90th running of the Wood Memorial.

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Photo: Skip Dickstein

In one of the most thrilling editions of the Grade I Central Bank Ashland Stakes, Rosalind and Room Service hit the wire together for a dead-heat atop the 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-old fillies at Keeneland.

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Photo: Mathea Kelley

Fashion Plate, staked to an early lead by jockey Gary Stevens, repulsed a bid from 6-5 favorite Ria Antonia to record her second grade I victory in a row in the $400,000 Santa Anita Oaks at Santa Anita Park.

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Alert Bay is victorious in the Echo Eddie Stakes at Santa Anita Park.

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Hickory Ridge Farm LLC’s Aunt Ellen entered the $75,000 Twixt Stakes without a victory in ten starts but closed from dead last in a field of five fillies to post the upset at Pimlico.

Photo: Jim McCue/Maryland Jockey Club

Mathis Stable's My Miss Sophia rolled to a decisive victory in the $300,000 Grade II Gazelle Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack, stamping her ticket to the Longines Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs.

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Photo: Adam Coglianese/NYRA

Julian Pimentel kept Ben’s Cat under a snug hold until a furlong from home, then signaled for him to go and spurted away to win the $75,000 Mister Diz Stakes at Pimlico Race Course.

Photo: Jim McCue/Maryland Jockey Club

Boisterous with Joel Rosario up are victorious at Keeneland this weekend.

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Photo: Mathea Kelley

Coup de Grace with Javier Castellano up wins the 54th Running of the Grade III Bay Shore Stakes at Aqueduct.

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Photo: Chad B. Harmon

Creative Spirit with Stuart Elliot up take the $58,000 maiden race at Keeneland.

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Photo: Mathea Kelley

Hard-knocking Dads Caps was three times the bridesmaid in recent starts, but he broke through at the highest level at Aqueduct Racetrack when stealing the $500,000 Grade I Carter Handicap at odds of 10-1.

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Photo: Skip Dickstein

Desert Wildcatter takes the Arizona Stallion Stakes at Turf Paradise in Phoenix, Arizona.

Photo: Coady Photography

Susan S. Cooney’s Embarr took the lead in mid-stretch but was all-out at the end to win the $100,000 Dahlia Stakes for fillies and mares at Pimlico Race Course.

Photo: Jim McCue/Maryland Jockey Club

Lucia Valentina captures the Vinery Stud Stakes in Sydney, Australia.

Photo: Mark Gatt

Hard to Resist wins the Czaria Handicap at Sunland Park in New Mexico.

Photo: Coady Photography

With Mossfun off to a slow start, young New Zealand rider James McDonald had to call upon skill, coolness, and luck for the victory in the Golden Slipper Stakes in Australia.

Photo: Mark Gatt

Needmore Flattery wins the Royal North Stakes at Beulah Park hours before winning Horse of the Year Honors in Ohio.

Photo: John C. Engelhardt

Silent Achiever once again upstaged former 3-year-old star It's a Dundeel and Melbourne Cup (Aus-I) victor Fiorente in The BMW Stakes in Australia.

Photo: Mark Gatt

Start of the 42nd running of the Grade III Fantasy Stakes at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

Photo: Coady Photography

Sugar Shock atoned for her disqualification in the Honeybee Stakes a month earlier with a gate-to-wire win in the $400,000 Grade III Fantasy Stakes at Oaklawn Park.

Photo: Coady Photography

Medal Count with Robby Albarado up before winning the Grade III Transylvania Stakes at Keeneland.

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Photo: Mathea Kelley

Tribaltique scores trainer Robertino Diodoro his 1000th Career Win at Turf Paradise.

Photo: Coady Photography

Ready Signal is victorious in the Powder Break Stakes at Gulfstream Park.

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Photo: Lauren King/Coglianese Photo

Start of the Calder Derby at Calder Race Course in Miami Gardens, Florida.

Photo: Coady Photography

Our Caravan captures the Calder Derby.

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Donald R. Dizney's Rovenna and jockey Victor Espinoza (right) outleg Harlington's Rose and Sprouts to win the $200,000 Evening Jewel Stakes at Santa Anita Park.

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Share the Sugar with Julien Leparoux up, wins the $50,000 maiden claiming race at Keeneland this weekend.

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Photo: Mathea Kelley

Speedinthruthecity wins the Thirty Fifth Running of the Carousel Stakes at Oaklawn Park.

Photo: Coady Photography

Marillyn Braly's Tom's Tribute and jockey Mike Smith (right) are in command in mid-stretch and go on to win the $75,000 Thunder Road Stakes at Santa Anita Park.

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Yes I'm Lucky captures the Mr. Light Stakes at Gulfstream Park in Florida.

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Photo: Lauren King/Coglianese Photo

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