The Week in Photos: April 17, 2009

This week in Thoroughbred racing.

The Blood-Horse: 04/18/2009 issue

Photo: Blood-horse

Working It Out: Vallenzeri, the first foal out of Horse of the Year Azeri, works prior to the Keeneland April 2-year-old sale.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Brereton C. Jones' homebred champion Proud Spell has been retired from racing and bred to Indian Charlie, who stands at Jones' Airdrie Stud near Midway, Ky. She is shown here winning the 2008 Kentucky Oaks.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Some thought General Quarters’ Sam F. Davis (gr. III) win two starts back was a fluke. But the son of Sky Mesa proved them wrong by powering to a 1 1/2-length victory in the $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) on April 11 at Keeneland.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Circle E Racing’s Mr. Sidney took command at the top of the lane, then outdueled Passager in a long stretch drive to win the $300,000 Maker’s Mark Mile (gr. IT) on Keeneland’s yielding turf course April 11.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

George Strawbridge Jr.’s Informed Decision split horses in deep stretch and ran down 2-5 favorite Ventura to win the $300,000 Vinery Madison (gr. I) by a head in thrilling fashion April 9 at Keeneland.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Southern California shipper Papa Clem outfought even-money choice Old Fashioned in a thrilling stretch duel at Oaklawn Park to win the $1 million Arkansas Derby (gr. II) by a half-length April 11.

Photo: Sunny Taylor/coady Photography

Champion turf runner Forever Together started her 5-year-old campaign with a stylish late-running win in the $200,000 Jenny Wiley Stakes (gr. IIT) on the Keeneland turf course April 11.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Five-year-old Eternal Star took advantage of a perfect stalking trip to bag his first graded stakes victory in the $250,000 Commonwealth Stakes (gr. II) April 11 on the Keeneland Polytrack.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Favored Dream Play, left alone on the lead, exploded away from the field at the top of the lane under Eddie Castro to collect her first graded stakes win in the $147,000 Comely (gr. II) at sloppy Aqueduct April 11.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

A sloppy track and red-hot pace battle did nothing to slow Semaphore Man, who repelled a challenge from Junior College through the stretch and drew off in the final strides for a front-running 1 1/4-length victory in the $150,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap (gr. III) at Oaklawn Park April 10.

Photo: Will Kenser/coady Photography

Heros Reward (far left), making his first start since the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint last October, rallied from off the pace and edged a pair of rivals at the wire to take the $100,000 Shakertown (gr. IIIT) April 11 on the Keeneland Turf.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Gotta Have Her got up in the final stride by a nose over Reba Is Tops to win the $100,000 Las Cienegas Handicap (gr. IIIT) , the Easter Day feature on the Santa Anita hillside April 12.

Photo: Benoit Photo

Euphony picked up her fourth consecutive stakes win in the $100,000 Bayakoa Stakes at Oaklawn Park.

Photo: Coady Photography

British-bred Battle of Hastings scorched his competition in Santa Anita’s $100,000 La Puente Stakes on April 11 when he rallied for a 1 1/2-length victory over Smokey Lonesome.

Photo: Benoit Photo

Rick Porter’s Old Fashioned, who underwent surgery at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital near Lexington after emerging from the April 11 Arkansas Derby (gr. II) with a non-displaced slab fracture of his right knee, has been retired from racing. Porter campaigned the 3-year-old son of Unbridled's Song in the name Fox Hill Farms.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

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