The Week in Photos for 8/26/2014

Saratoga, Wise Dan, Del Mar, Monmouth Park, Hastings, Woodbine, Gulfstream & More

Start of the Grade I Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course in New York.

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Photo: Adam Mooshian/NYRA

Wicked Strong #7, V. E. Day #4 and Tonalist #8 battle down the stretch in the Grade I Travers Stakes at Saratoga.

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Photo: Chad B. Harmon

Trainer Jimmy Jerkens had the best horse in the $1.25 million Travers Stakes —but it wasn't the one everyone was betting on. V. E. Day upset stablemate and Jim Dandy winner Wicked Strong by a nose in the 1 1/4-mile 'Midsummer Derby' at Saratoga Race Course, charging late to surge ahead in the nick of time for his biggest career victory at odds of 19-1.

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Photo: Skip Dickstein

Champion Shared Belief kept his stellar record spotless in six starts with another smashing victory in the $1 million Grade I TVG Pacific Classic, sweeping past pacesetter Game On Dude and drawing away at Del Mar.

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Dual Derby winner Australia conquered older opponents with consummate ease at York, winning the Juddmonte International (Eng-I) by two lengths from The Grey Gatsby.

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Photo: Trevor Jones

Zanim R. Meahjohn's 13-1 chance Rusty Slipper seized the lead nearing the sixteenth pole and comfortably earned her first graded stakes win in the $109,000 Grade III Violet Stakes at Monmouth Park.

Photo: Ryan Denver/EQUI-PHOTO

Wise Dan after working out at Saratoga Race Course in preparation for the Grade II Bernard Baruch Handicap.

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Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

The Wow Signal edged past U.S.-based Hootenanny nearing the finish of the Darley Prix Morny (Fr-I) for 2-year-olds at Deauville and won by a half-length to keep his perfect record intact.

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Photo: John Gilmore

Ann of the Dance and jockey Drayden Van Dyke take the $90,000 CTT and TOC Handicap at Del Mar.

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Undefeated Stopshoppingdebbie scored a three-quarter-length victory over stablemate Goin to the Window in the $65,000 Emerald Distaff for older fillies and mares at Emerald Downs.

Photo: Reed Palmer/Emerald Downs Photo

Close Hatches took command on the opening turn and never looked back in the $500,0000 Grade I Personal Ensign Stakes, romping by five lengths over a muddy track at Saratoga Race Course for her third grade I triumph in a row.

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Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Jockey Frankie Dettori swept both group I races on Deauville's card when landing the Darley Prix Jean Romanet with impressive filly Ribbons after taking the Darley Prix Morny with The Wow Signal one race earlier.

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Photo: John Gilmore

Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome’s 4 furlong workout at Los Alamitos Race Course last week.

Photo: Los Alamitos Race Course Publicity

Best Plan Yet captures the Forty Niner Stakes at Gulfstream Park in Florida.

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Photo: Kenny Martin/Coglianese Photo

Morning training scene at Saratoga Race Course.

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Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Jockey Gary Boulanger guides Leigh Court to victory in the Seaway Stakes at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Ontario.

Photo: Michael Burns

Finding traffic throughout, Sole Power gamely drove between rivals late and won the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes (Eng-I) for a second time at York in England.

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Photo: Trevor Jones

Goldencents avenged his loss in last year's $250,000 Grade II Pat O'Brien Stakes with a dominating wire-to-wire track record performance in this year's edition at Del Mar.

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Artemis Agrotera polished off pacesetter La Verdad midstretch and sprinted clear to an overpowering victory in the $500,000 Grade I Ballerina Stakes at Saratoga Race Course.

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Photo: Adam Coglianese/NYRA

Big John B, a $50,000 claim in April, qualified for the Breeders' Cup Turf with a runaway victory in the $200,000 Grade II Del Mar Handicap.

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Alex and JoAnn Lieblong's The Big Beast jumped up from allowance company to grade I competition and did not disappoint his connections, running down pacesetter Fast Anna with powerful strides to ace the $500,000 Grade I King's Bishop Stakes at Saratoga Race Course by a neck.

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Photo: Chelsea Durand/NYRA

Tom's Tribute and jockey Mike Smith (center) outleg Handsome Mike and Obviously to win the Grade II $250,000 Del Mar Mile in California.

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Phipps Stable homebred Abaco made an eye-catching swoop from last and prevailed in a thrilling finish with Strathnaver in the $250,000 Grade II Ballston Spa Stakes at Saratoga Race Course.

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Photo: Lauren King/NYRA

Jockey Luis Contreras guides Speed Seeker to victory in the Colleen Stakes at Woodbine Racetrack.

Photo: Michael Burns

Dawselina winning the Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes at Hastings Racecourse in Vancouver, BC.

Photo: Four Footed Fotos

Tapestry brought the unbeaten recored of heavy favorite Taghrooda to a shocking halt in the Darley Yorkshire Oaks (Eng-I) at York.

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Photo: Trevor Jones

Hobo Ridge #8 and jockey Angel Castillo capture the $75,000 Turning For Home Stakes at Parx Racing in Bensalem, Pennsylvania.

Photo: Barbara Weidl / EQUI-PHOTO

Racing scene from the first turn at Saratoga Race Course.

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Photo: Skip Dickstein

Royal Saint is victorious last weekend at Ellis Park in Henderson, Kentucky.

Photo: Coady Photography

Lady Genius overpowers the rest of the field in the Bank Of Albuquerque Stakes at the Downs at Albuquerque in New Mexico.

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Midnightlowdown wins the Casey Darnell Pony Express Stakes at the Downs at Albuquerque.

Photo: Coady Photography

Winning Cause #2 with Eddie Castro riding held off the challenge of favorite Big Blue Kitten and Joe Bravo to win the $100,000 Cliff Hanger Stakes at Monmouth Park.

Photo: Bill Denver/EQUI-PHOTO

Roll Out The Band takes the Albuquerque Journal Stakes.

Photo: Coady Photography

Stryker Phd reached the pinnacle of Northwest racing, exploding from last place to first for a half-length victory over Boyett in the 79th running of the $200,000 Grade III Longacres Mile for 3-year-olds and up at Emerald Downs.

Photo: Reed Palmer/Emerald Downs Photo

Slice of Red winning the Richmond Derby Trial Stakes at Hastings Racecourse.

Photo: Four Footed Fotos

Thunder Agard battles down the stretch to win the Lineage Classic at the Downs at Albuquerque.

Photo: Coady Photography

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