The Week in Photos for 5/5/2013

Orb, Goldencents, Itsmyluckyday, Verxina, Rafael Bejarano, Monmouth, Woodbine & more

Horses and riders workout in the fog on Tuesday morning May 7, 2013 at Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport, N.J. The racing season kicks off on the Jersey Shore this Saturday May 11th as Monmouth Park celebrates it's 68th season of thoroughbred racing.

Photo: Bill Denver/EQUI-PHOTO

Goldencents works at Pimlico Race Course on May 10 in preperation for the 2013 Preakness Stakes.

Photo: Jim McCue, Maryland Jockey Club

Jockey Rafael Bejarano earned the 3,000th victory of his career when 1-2 favorite Ondine won the first race Saturday, May 11, 2013 at Betfair Hollywood Park. The milestone came less than 12 years after the 30-year-old native of Arequipa, Peru began his career winning his first race--aboard his initial mount on Dec. 8, 2001 at Hipodromo de Monterrico in Lima.

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Congratulations to Jockey Rafael Bejarano for earning his 3,000th career victory.

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Charlie Em and jockey Garrett Gomez win the Grade III $100,000 Senorita Stakes on Saturday May 11, 2013 at Betfair Hollywood Park.

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Freedom Child and jockey Luis Saez wins the Peter Pan Stakes at Belmont Park on May 11, 2013.

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Photo: Adam Coglianese/NYRA

Pass You Bye Bye #3 with Julian Pimentel riding won the $75,000 Decathlon Stakes at Monmouth Park on Opening Day May 11, 2013.

Photo: Bill Denver/EQUI-PHOTO

Preakness Stakes contender Itsmyluckyday with jockey Elvis Trujillo in the saddle works 1/2 mile in 47 1/5 between the 3rd and 4th races at Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport, N.J. on Sunday 5/12/13

Photo: Bill Denver/EQUI-PHOTO

Four times second at the group I level in 2012, Verxina finally broke through in the Victoria Mile (Jpn-I) on May 12 at Tokyo Racecourse in Japan when holding off the strong late charge of Whale Capture to prevail by a nose.

Photo: Masakazu Takahashi

Victorious Verxina on May 12, 2013 at Tokyo Racecourse in Japan.

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Photo: Naoji Inada

Jockey Justin Stein guides Alpha Bettor to victory in the $200,000 dollar Eclipse Stakes at Woodbine Racetrack on May 12, 2013.

Photo: Michael Burns

Orb works out at Belmont Park on May 13, 2013 in preperation for the Preakness Stakes.

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Photo: Adam Coglianese/NYRA

Orb ships from Belmont Park to Pimlico Race Course on May 13 for the 2013 Preakness Stakes.

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Photo: Adam Coglianese/NYRA

Orb arrives at Pimlico Race Course on Monday May 13, 2013 for Saturday’s $1 million Preakness Stakes (G1).

Photo: Maryland Jockey Club, Jim McCue

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