The Week in Photos for 9/2/2014

Wise Dan, Parx, Saratoga, Del Mar, Monmouth Park, Australia, Golden Gate & More

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Two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan, making his first start since returning from May 16 colic surgery, held off 29-1 shot Optimizer by a nose to win the $250,000 Grade II Bernard Baruch Handicap at Saratoga Race Course.

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Photo: Adam Coglianese/NYRA

Miss Serendipity, reunited with a confident Brice Blanc (yellow cap & green silks), roared down the center of the Del Mar turf course to capture the $200,000 Grade II Yellow Ribbon Handicap.

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Cary Street, saving ground every step of the way under Miguel Mena, outlasted Ever Rider to spring a 28-1 surprise in the $200,000 Grade III Greenwood Cup at 1 1/2 miles on the main track at Parx Racing in Bensalem, Pennsylvania.

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Group I racing in Australia got under way for the 2014/15 season, with Dissident taking the Memsie Stakes at Caulfield Racecourse.

Photo: Mark Gatt

Itsmyluckyday #2 with jockey Paco Lopez in the irons, outduels Moreno #4 to the wire to win the 61st running of the Grade I Woodward Stakes at Saratoga Race Course.

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Avanzare spurted out to lead early and held off strong closing threats from Hattaash and Mister Marti Gras to prevail in a rousing finish to the $150,000 Grade III Washington Park Handicap at Arlington International Racecourse.

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Jockey Christopher A. Emigh celebrates his 3,500th career victory aboard Avanzare in the Washington Park Handicap.

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Racing in last to the far turn, maiden winner Munirah rallied to run down pacesetter Sumba Sunset to win the $105,000 Grade III Boiling Springs Stakes in the final stride at Monmouth Park.

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Bourbon County overpowers the rest of the field in the Crocrock Minnesota Sprint Championship at Canterbury Park.

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Jockey Luis Contreras guides Pender Harbour to victory in the Algoma Stakes at Woodbine Racecourse in Toronto, Ontario.

Photo: Michael Burns

Competitive Edge lived up to his 3-5 odds with a no-doubt-about-it romp in the $350,000 Grade I Hopeful Stakes for 2-year-olds on closing day of the Saratoga Race Course summer meet.

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Photo: Chad B. Harmon

Atreides captures the Monarchos Stakes at Gulfstream Park in Florida.

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Odds-on favorite Sunset Glow bulled her way between horses at the top of the stretch to get the lead and repelled the determined rally of Her Emmynency to capture the $300,000 Del Mar Debutante by a neck.

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Gentleman's Kitten is victorious in the 7th Running Of The Cliff Guilliams Handicap at Ellis Park in Henderson, Kentucky.

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I'm a Kittyhawk flies home to win the Algoma Stakes at Woodbine Racecourse.

Photo: Michael Burns

Pepper Crown and jockey Abel Cedillo take the Rolling Green Stakes at Golden Gate Fields in California.

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Hold For More shines through in the Northern Lights Futurity at Canterbury Park.

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Finality's Charmer captures the CTHS Sales Stakes at Hastings Racecourse in Vancouver, BC.

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Jockey David Moran guides Too Many Egbert's to victory in the $125,000 Vice Regent Stakes over the E.P. Taylor Turf Course at Woodbine Racetrack.

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Midnight Storm and jockey Tyler Baze thunder to a surprise win in the Grade II Del Mar Derby in California.

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Red Outlaw shoots past the rest of the field in the $100,000 El Cajon Stakes at Del Mar.

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Concealedwithakiss #6 with Angel Serpa riding won the $75,000 Sorority Stakes at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, New Jersey.

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Condo Commando took all of the drama out of track announcer Tom Durkin's final call when she romped to victory in the $350,000 Grade I Spinaway Stakes over a sloppy track at rainy Saratoga Race Course.

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Photo: Adam Coglianese/NYRA

Jockey Luis Contreras and Hampstead Heath battle down the stretch to tin the OLG Halton Stakes at Woodbine Racetrack.

Photo: Michael Burns

Quality Lass #4 with John Bisono riding won the $200,000 Turf Amazon Handicap at Parx Racing.

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Irish Mission ran down Viva Rafaela to take the $150,000 Grade III Glens Falls Stakes at Saratoga Race Course.

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Antonio Miuccio's Palace dazzled in the $500,000 Grade I Forego Stakes at Saratoga Race Course, diving to the rail and drawing off to finish the seven-furlong test in 1:21.95.

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Waha Wild out-legs his opponents in the Evangeline Downs Star Stakes in Opelousas, Louisiana.

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Sharp Sensation, a 16-1 outsider, denied iconic Maryland turf sprinter and favorite Ben's Cat a third win in the $300,000 Grade III Turf Monster Handicap at five furlongs at Parx Racing.

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Zayat Stables' Jojo Warrior and jockey Martin Garcia win the Grade III Torrey Pines Stakes at Del Mar.

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Todd Pletcher recorded his 1,000th career stakes winner when Protonico surged late under Joe Bravo to take the $300,000 Grade III Smarty Jones Stakes at Parx Racing on the Labor Day Pennsylvania card.

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Long Hot Summer and jockey Joe Talamo (left) collar My Fiona and Lost Bus, near the wire to win the $150,000 Generous Portion Stakes at Del Mar.

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Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence's New York-bred Startup Nation rolled to an impressive victory in the $200,000 Grade II With Anticipation Stakes at Saratoga Race Course, surviving an inquiry and claim of foul to earn his first graded stakes score.

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Ring Weekend appears to have found a home on the grass after taking the $300,000 Grade III Saranac Stakes by 2 3/4 lengths over longshot Smooth Daddy in the final stakes of the 2014 season at Saratoga Race Course.

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She's Complete and jockey Rafael Bejarano take the $100,000 Oak Tree Juvenile Fillies Turf at Del Mar.

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Sioux Appeal captures the Northern Lights Debutante at Canterbury Park.

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Souper Colossal #7 with Paco Lopez riding won the $100,000 Sapling at Monmouth Park.

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Skim the Rail battles down the stretch to win the Manzano Stakes at the Downs at Albuquerque.

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Sky And Sea romps home to win the Bella Notte Minnesota Distaff Sprint Championship at Canterbury Park.

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Stonetastic turned an evenly matched race on paper into a runaway victory on the track, registering a powerful 8 1/2-length score in the $300,000 Grade II Prioress Stakes from Saratoga Race Course.

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Photo: Skip Dickstein

Reddam Racing's Wake Up Nick and jockey Mario Gutierrez win the $150,000 I'm Smokin Stakes at Del Mar.

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