The Week in Photos: February 27, 2009

This week in Thoroughbred racing.

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The Blood-Horse: 02/28/2009 issue

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Leaping Lady: L and M Partners' Rachel Alexandra flies home by eight lengths in the Feb. 15 Martha Washington Stakes at Oaklawn.

Photo: Coady Photography

Evita Argentina found the nine males she faced in the $150,000 San Vicente Stakes (gr. II) easy pickings at stormy Santa Anita Feb. 16. Last leaving the quarter pole, the favorite closed with fearlessness down the middle of the track to surge past Leedstheway to win in the final strides.

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Presious Passion proved he might just be in the top form of his career as a 6-year-old, scoring his second graded stakes victory in a nine-week span when taking the $150,000 Mac Diarmida Stakes (gr. IIT) by a half length Feb. 21 on the turf at Gulfstream Park.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Odds-on choice Georgie Boy turned the $150,000 San Carlos Handicap (gr. II) into a procession at Santa Anita Park Feb. 21 with a long sustained move from off the pace in the seven-furlong event.

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Spring House successfully defended his San Luis Obispo Handicap (gr. IIT) title on the Santa Anita turf Feb. 22, surging past odds-on favorite Zambezi Sun in deep stretch to win the $150,000 event.

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He had to work a little harder than the typical 2-5 shot has to, but Old Fashioned pulled clear late and came out on top in his 2009 debut Feb. 16 with a 3¼- length victory over a stubborn Silver City in the $250,000 Southwest Stakes (gr. III) at Oaklawn Park.

Photo: Coady Photography

G. Watts Humphrey Jr.’s talented filly One Caroline wasn’t fazed the least bit when facing graded stakes winners for the first time, as she took command shortly after first call and disposed of six rivals to win the $100,000 Sabin Stakes (gr. III) by a length Feb. 20 at Gulfstream Park.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

English-bred Criticism has found the footing on American soil to her liking. The Darley homebred mare, who made her North American debut this past fall, wrapped up her second consecutive graded stakes when taking the $100,000 The Very One Stakes (gr. IIIT) in front-running fashion Feb. 22 at Gulfstream Park.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Rail Trip defeated Booyah by 1 3/4 lengths to win Friday's $58,800 feature at Santa Anita and remain undefeated in four races.

Photo: Benoit Photo

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