The Week in Photos: January 27, 2010

This week in Thoroughbred racing.

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The Blood-Horse: 1/30/2010 issue

Photo: Blood-horse

ILLUMINATING: The tower at Castleton Lyons near Lexington was aglow after the farm's Gio Ponti took home two Eclipse Awards Jan. 18.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Third time is charm for Lentenor. Lentenor, a full brother to Barbaro, broke his maiden on the turf Jan. 20 at Gulfstream Park.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Papa Clem, the 4-year-old son of Smart Strike, won the San Fernando Stakes (gr. II) on Jan. 16 in his final start. He has now been retired from racing because of an ankle injury.

Photo: Benoitphoto.com

Mr. and Mrs. William Warren’s Denis of Cork, who was third in the 2008 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and second in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), has been retired, trainer David Carroll said Jan. 22.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Buddy's Saint, shown here winning the 2009 Remsen Stakes (gr. II), takes the number one spot in writer Steve Haskin's Derby Dozen this week. For more information on the Triple Crown Trail, go to tcm.Bloodhorse.com

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Closing from out of the clouds, lightly regarded Ron the Greek ran down favored Maximus Ruler in the final strides to capture the Lecomte Stakes (gr. III) by 1 1/2 lengths at Fair Grounds Jan. 23.

Photo: Lynn Roberts/hodges Photography

James Spence’s El Caballo shook off a more than seven-month layoff to earn his first stakes victory, as he rolled to an easy 3 1/4-length win in the $98,000 Colonel E.R. Bradley Handicap (gr. IIIT) Jan. 23 at Fair Grounds.

Photo: Lou Hodges Jr./hodges Photography

Favored Friesan Fire scored his first victory since his romp in last spring's Louisiana Derby (gr. II) when he led all the way under Shaun Bridgmohan to take the Louisiana Handicap at Fair Grounds by 1 3/4 lengths Jan. 23.

Photo: Lou Hodges Jr./hodges Photography

Winslow Homer is now on the Derby trail after his Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III) victory under Ramon Dominguez at Gulfstream Park.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Fast-improving Kinsale King made it back-to-back graded stakes victories for new trainer Carl O'Callaghan when he held off Ventana by a half-length in an all-out drive for the wire in the Palos Verdes Handicap (gr. II) at Santa Anita Jan. 23.

Photo: Benoitphoto.com

Blocked in traffic mid-stretch, odds-on favorite Loup Breton altered course to the outside and burst home to overtake High Court Drama by a half-length to win the $150,000 San Marcos Stakes (gr. IIT) on the turf Jan. 24 at Santa Anita Park.

Photo: Benoitphoto.com

The aptly-named 3-year-old filly Hearted earned her first career victory Jan. 24 when she repulsed several bids to wire the field in a maiden special weight event on the turf at Gulfstream Park. Hearted, who has a striking white heart on her forehead, is by Grand Reward out of Shakespearean, by Theatrical.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

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