The Week in Photos: March 27, 2009

This week in Thoroughbred racing.

The Blood-Horse: 03/28/2009 issue

Photo: BLOOD-HORSE

Brand New Day: The 16-year-old mare Lady Laika with her newborn Bernardini colt March 12 at Siena Farm near Paris, Ky.

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Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Lil E. Tee, the 1992 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner, was euthanized March 18 at Jim Plemmons’ Old Frankfort Stud near Frankfort, Ky., because of complications from an intestinal problem. The son of At the Threshold, out of the For The Moment mare Eileen’s Moment, was 20.

Photo: OAKLAWN PARK

WinStar Farm's homebred Hold Me Back overcame a poor break to win the $500,000 Lane's End Stakes (gr. II) at Turfway Park in his first start of 2009 for trainer Bill Mott March 21.

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Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Odds-on choice Secret Gypsy made the long trip from New Orleans to earn the first graded stakes win of her career when she captured the $149,800 Distaff Handicap (gr. II) by 1 1/4 lengths at Aqueduct March 21.

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Photo: ADAM COGLIANESE

Allowed to establish an easy lead in the 1 1/2-mile San Luis Rey Handicap (gr. IIT), Midships put four rivals to bed in the homestretch while posting his first United States victory in three tries for trainer Bobby Frankel March 21.

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Photo: BENOIT PHOTO

Belmont Cat (right), a fire-breathing New Zealand-bred mare who disappointed her connections in her last start, foiled Bel Air Sizzle and 3-5 favorite Visit in a four-horse blanket finish in the $150,000 Santa Ana Handicap (gr. IIT) on the Santa Anita turf course March 22.

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Photo: BENOIT PHOTO

Hot Cha Cha, a 9-1 outsider making her stakes debut, seized the lead from favored Fitz Just Right leaving the eighth pole and drew away to a romping six-length win in the $150,000 Bourbonette Oaks (gr. III) at Turfway Park March 21.

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Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Dress Rehearsal, a steadily improving Irish-bred filly trained by Bill Mott, turned the tables on prohibitive favorite Criticism to win the $150,000 Orchid Stakes (gr. IIIT) on the Gulfstream Park turf course March 22.

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Photo: ADAM COGLIANESE

Cliffy’s Future came from dead last to win the $100,000 Rushaway Stakes for 3-year-olds by 2 1/2 widening lengths over Ziegfeld at Turfway Park. It was the first stakes win for Cliffy’s Future, who ran a sluggish eighth last time out in the Sam F. Davis Stakes (gr. III) at Tampa Bay Downs on Feb. 14.

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Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

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