The Week in Photos for 8/19/2014

Arlington, Del Mar, Saratoga, Woodbine, Arapahoe Park, Monmouth, Hastings & More

The field leaves the starting gate in the 134th running of the the Grade I Alabama Stakes at Saratoga Race Course in New York.

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Photo: Skip Dickstein

While Untapable may be considered the best 3-year-old filly in the nation, Stopchargingmaria established herself as a close second after taking the $600,000 Grade I Alabama Stakes for her second top-level win in a row at the Saratoga Race Course.

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Lightly regarded Personal Diary took advantage of a hot pace with a sharp last-to-first move under Corey Nakatani to post a 9-1 surprise in the $300,000 Grade I Del Mar Oaks on the Del Mar turf.

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Jockey Luis Contreras guides Ami's Holiday to victory in the 123 running of the $500,000 Breeders Stakes at Woodbine Racetrack.

Photo: Michael Burns

The field flies by the grandstand for the first time in the Grade I Arlington Million at Arlington Park in Illinois.

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Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Fans fill the grandstand for the Arlington Million.

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Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Few knew the story of Hardest Core, who scratched from the $400,000 American St. Leger at Arlington International Racecourse to run in the Arlington Million. Fewer still knew the story of his owners, the Bentley family—residents of Unionville, Pa., who own a two-horse stable and purchased the runner as a 30th birthday gift for their son, Andrew, who was born with Down syndrome. But after the Million, everyone was talking about the modest shipper who came in from victory in a $50,000 ungraded stakes at Delaware Park to win the purse of $1 million over a superb field of turf runners.

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Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Trainer Ed Graham with Hardest Core and jockey Eriluis Vaz after winning the Arlington Million.

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Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Upset-minded Balance of Power wore down Pants On Fire and won the $148,500 Grade III Philip H. Iselin Stakes with a smart last-to-first rally at Monmouth Park.

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Besilu Stables' Crown Queen stepped up to graded stakes company and scored a third consecutive victory when edging out longshot Duff One to win the $285,000 Grade II Knob Creek Lake Placid Stakes at Saratoga Race Course.

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Photo: Adam Coglianese/NYRA

Judy the Beauty, able to sit off a hot pace duel, swung into action in the stretch and inched away to a clear victory in the $147,000 Grade III Rancho Bernardo Handicap at Del Mar.

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Belmont Derby runner-up Adelaide charged down the center of the turf course at Arlington International Racecourse and edged away to a determined victory in the $500,000 Grade I Secretariat Stakes as the 11-10 favorite.

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Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Annulment is victorious in the Hatoof Stakes at Arlington Park.

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Sunrise scene at Woodbine Racetrack.

Photo: Michael Burns

Frankie Dettori dismounts from Luck of the Kitten with owner Ken Ramsey waiting with open arms after winning the 4th race at Arlington Park.

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Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Bridlewood Angel romps home to win the Spicy Stakes at Arapahoe Park in Aurora, Colorado.

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Merit Man and jockey Kent Desormeaux overpowers the rest of the field in the $90,000 Green Flash Handicap at Del Mar.

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The Pizza Man deliveirs yet another victory at Arlington Park in the American St. Leger. Scenes for the Arlington Million weekend of the Arlington Internaitonal Festival of Racing in Arlington Heights, Illinois. St. Leger image731 Photo by Anne M. Eberhardt

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Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Imperial Dancer under jockey Patrick Husbands captures the $150,000 Vandal Stakes at Woodbine Racetrack.

Photo: Michael Burns

Jockey Luis Contreras (blue and yellow silks, yellow cap) guides Melnyk Racing Stable's Karibu Gardens to victory in the $200,000 Sky Classic Stakes at Woodbine.

Photo: Michael Burns

Euro Charline, a stakes winner at Ascot three weeks ago, soared through the stretch under a well-timed ride by Ryan Moore to upset the $750,000 Grade I Beverly D. Stakes in her U.S. debut at Arlington International Racecourse.

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Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Favored Main Sequence, slow out of the gate to trail the field, charged home on the outside to nip Imagining at the wire in the $500,000 Grade I Sword Dancer Invitational on the inner lawn at Saratoga Race Course.

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Photo: Adam Coglianese/NYRA

Jockey Tyler Baze scored his 2,000th career victory aboard Kate's Event at Del Mar this week.

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I Got It All winning the Straight Line Stakes at Arlington Park.

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Seedle Suprise battles down the stretch to win the Hard Rock Casino Vancouver Stakes at Hastings Racecourse in Vancouver, BC.

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Heat Du Jour and jockey Kent Desormeaux take the $150,000 Solana Beach Handicap at Del Mar.

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Kiss Moon captures the Hatoof Stakes at Arlington Park.

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Rustlewood Farm's homebred Prudhoe Bay repelled a game bid from 6-5 choice Favorite Tale and won the $100,000 Grade III Jersey Shore Stakes at Monmouth Park.

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Party Pooper leaves the field behind in the New Westminster Stakes at Hastings Racecourse.

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Get Happy Mister wins the Arapahoe Park Classic.

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Istandford and jockey Rafael Bejarano capture the $90,000 Sandy Blue Handicap at Del Mar in California.

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