The Week in Photos: April 18, 2008

This week in Thoroughbred racing.

The Blood-Horse: 04/19/2008 issue

Photo: Blood-horse

Spring Fashions: The colorful cast of this year's Blue Grass Stakes heads by the stands the first time at Keeneland April 12.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Jockey Edgar Prado (blue and yellow silks) takes a peek at the competition as he and Monba round the final turn in the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes.

Photo: Tom Hall

Todd Pletcher trained Monba and Cowboy Cal ran one and two in the Blue Grass.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

With the victory Monba claimed his in spot in the 134th running of the Kentucky Derby.

Photo: Dave Young

Gayego (right) earns a spot in the Kentucky Derby by winning the Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn over a hard-charging Z Fortune.

Photo: Coady Photography

Gayego repelled Z Fortune in the stretch run for a three-quarter-length victory.

Photo: Coady Photography

Kip Deville impresses in his Maker's Mark Stakes victory, his first start since winning the Breeders' Cup Mile last fall.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Rutherienne rallied from off the pace under Garrett Gomez, split horses turning for home and took the lead in deep stretch to win by a neck in the $200,000 Jenny Wiley Stakes (gr. IIT) April 12 on the Keeneland turf.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Rebellion stormed down the lane April 12 to catch longshot Elite Squadron by a head in the final strides in the $400,000 Commonwealth Stakes (gr. II) on the Keeneland Polytrack.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Mr. Nightlinger set fast fractions and held on to win the Shakertown (gr. IIIT) April 13 at Keeneland.

Photo: Pat Lang

Hey Byrn kept his Derby hopes alive with a workmanlike 2 1/4-length win in the slowly run $150,000 Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park April 12.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Ridden by Chuck Lopez, the 3-year-old Florida-bred son of Put It Back disposed of pacesetting Famous Patriot mid-stetch and gradually drew away from Dream Maestro to win his first graded race.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Sherine, the longest price on the board at 13-1 in a five-horse field, took them all on a merry chase in the $147,000 Comely Stakes (gr. III) at Aqueduct April 12. Ridden by Alan Garcia, the 3-year-old filly covered the one mile on dirt in 1:37.25.

Photo: Coglianese Photo

Lightmyfirebaby (#6) finished second, but moved up to first after Bahama Mama (IRE) (#2) was disqualified and placed fifth for intereference entering the stretch.

Photo: Benoit Photo

Euphony won the $75,000 Instant Racing Stakes at Oaklawn Park on April 12.

Photo: Coady Photography

Prom Shoes (left) won the Fifth Season Stakes by a neck at Oaklawn on April 11.

Photo: Coady Photography

Sebastian County, a clear leader a furlong from home, held off Poni Colada by a head to win the $75,000 Northern Spur for 3-year-olds at Oaklawn Park April 12.

Photo: Coady Photography

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