The Week in Photos: March 20, 2009

This week in Thoroughbred racing.

The Blood-Horse: 03/21/2009 issue

Photo: Blood-horse

Nothing Runs Like A Deer: A pair of deer run on the turf course March 11 at Laurel Park.

Photo: Maryland Jockey Club / Jim McCue

Life Is Sweet became a grade I winner when she circled the field leaving the turn for home and mowed down the leaders through the lane to win the $300,000 Santa Margarita Invitational Handicap (gr. I) by 2 1/2 lengths at Santa Anita March 14.

Photo: Benoit Photo

Pam and Martin Wygod's 4-year-old homebred daughter of Storm Cat--Sweet Life (by Kris S.) collected her third consecutive graded stakes win at the meet, completing the 1 1/8-mile journey in 1:48.71 over the Pro-Ride racing surface.

Photo: Benoit Photo

Friesan Fire swept the Louisiana 3-year-old series and made a bold statement for the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) when overwhelming eight rivals to win the $600,000 Louisiana Derby (gr. II) by 7 1/4 lengths March 14 at Fair Grounds.

Photo: Skip Dickstein

In what was supposed to be a competitive contest amongst several top 3-year-old Derby contenders, Friesan Fire made it look easy. The son of A.P. Indy   stalked the pace set by Papa Clem, inched closer to the leader around the far turn and took over approaching the lane when asked by Gabriel Saez.

Photo: Skip Dickstein

Proudinsky became a repeat winner of the $500,000 Mervyn Muniz Jr. Memorial Handicap (gr. IIT) by a nose over El Caballo and Nownownow in a terrific finish at rainy Fair Grounds March 14.

Photo: Skip Dickstein

West Point Thoroughbreds’ Macho Again notched his first win since taking the Jim Dandy (gr. II) last summer, as he came roaring from off the pace to capture the $500,000 New Orleans Handicap (gr. II) in the slop at Fair Grounds March 14.

Photo: Skip Dickstein

A sloppy track failed to slow Rachel Alexandra, who outclassed five rivals in the $400,000 Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II) March 14.

Photo: Skip Dickstein

Mount Joy Stables’ 4-year-old Florida homebred Smooth Air wore down the leaders in the deep stretch of the $300,000 Gulfstream Park Handicap (gr. II) March 14 at Gulfstream Park to score a 1 1/4-length decision.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Win Willy, a 56-1 shot, handed Old Fashioned the first loss of his career when he outfought the heavy favorite in the final eighth of a mile to win the $300,000 Rebel Stakes (gr. II) at Oaklawn Park March 14.

Photo: Coady Photography

Odds-on choice Pioneerof the Nile got the test he needed in preparation for his big showdown with The Pamplemousse next month, turning back a challenge in the stretch to win the $200,000 San Felipe Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita March 14.

Photo: Benoit Photo

Odds-on choice Game Face won the Gulfstream Park rubber match when she overpowered her rival Any Limit in the homestretch to win the $150,000 Inside Information Stakes (gr. II) by 2 1/2 lengths on March 15.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Musket Man found his best stride inside the sixteenth-pole and edged out longshot Join in the Dance by a neck to win the $300,000 Tampa Bay Derby (gr. III) March 14.

Photo: Tom Cooley Photography

Don't Forget Gil turned the tables on her two main rivals by drawing off to a convincing victory in the March 14 Florida Oaks (gr. III) at Tampa Bay Downs.

Photo: Tom Cooley Photography

El Crespo took over at the top of the lane and powered to a one length victory in the $150,000 Palm Beach Stakes (gr. IIIT) March 14 on the Gulfstream Park turf.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Zayat Stable’s Heart Ashley took the lead out of the gate and never looked back as the 3-year-old daughter of Lion Heart   ran away with the $107,300 Cicada Stakes (gr. III) at Aqueduct Racetrack on March 14.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Gozzip Girl, kicking home from the inside, collared Obsequious in deep stretch to score a half-length win in the $150,000 Herecomesthebride Stakes (gr. IIIT) on the Gulfstream Park turf March 15.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

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