The Week In Photos: November 27, 2011

See races from Thanksgiving day weekend 2011.

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Oregon Lady started off the Holiday racing by overtaking Trip for A. J. late to win the My Charmer (gr. III) at Calder.

Photo: Jim Lisa Photos

Sunrise Smarty went right to the front in the Fall Highweight (gr. III), and stayed there, to capture his first graded stakes.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Gantry (pink cap) took the Thanksgiving Handicap at Fair Grounds by the slimmest of margins over Cash Refund.

Photo: Lynn Roberts/hodges Photography

Populist Politics was a popular winner in the Mr. Sulu Stakes on Opening Day at the Fair Grounds.

Photo: Lynn Roberts/hodges Photography

Favorite Arena Elvira came running late to capture the Falls City Handicap (gr. II) at Churchill Downs.

Photo: Reed Palmer Photography, Churchill Downs

Arena Elvira and Junior Alvarado head to the Winner's Circle after their victory in the Falls City, her 4th consecutive win.

Photo: Reed Palmer Photography, Churchill Downs

In the Hollywood Prevue (gr. III), So Brilliant repelled all challenges,

Photo: Benoit Photo

running the 7 furlongs in 1:22.96 under Martin Garcia.

Photo: Benoit Photo

Friday began with a Cornucopia, as Winning Image won the Cornucopia Stakes at Parx Racing.

Photo: Alyssa Spakowski/equi-photo

Lovely Lil and Cornelio Velasquez prevailed in the Go For Wand (gr. II) at Aqueduct.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Suntracer passes them all late to win the Woodchopper under Rosie Napravnik at Fair Grounds.

Photo: Lou Hodges Jr./hodges Photography

Our Nautique held off a closing Bold Chieftain to win the All American Stakes (gr. III) at Golden Gate.

Photo: Vassar Photography

The Miesque (gr. IIIT) at Hollywood Park came down to the wire,

Photo: Benoit Photo

with More Than Love (left) taking the Miesque by a nose over Starship Flare.

Photo: Benoit Photo

Also at Hollywood, Star Billing came up the rail to snag the Matriarch (gr. IT) from pacesetter Summer Soiree.

Photo: Benoit Photo

Victor Espinoza celebrates after winning the Matriarch with Star Billing.

Photo: Benoit Photo

As darkness fell on Churchill Downs, it was Wise Dan who emerged to win the Clark Handicap (gr. I).

Photo: Reed Palmer Photography, Churchill Downs

Wise Dan and John Velazquez, winners of the 2011 Clark.

Photo: Reed Palmer Photography, Churchill Downs

Trainer Charles Lopresti had Wise Dan ready for the Clark.

Photo: Reed Palmer Photography, Churchill Downs

Saturday, Court Vision was honored at Woodbine for his Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. I) Victory.

Photo: Michael Burns

2-year-old Deliburnsky led from the start to win the Dave's Friend Stakes at Laurel Park.

Photo: Jim Mccue Maryland Jockey Club

2-year-old filly Disposablepleasure stumbled badly at the start of the Demoiselle Stakes (gr. II) at Aqueduct.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

But, Disposablepleasure (right) overcame the trouble to nip Wildcat's Smile for the win.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

The Remsen (gr. II) for 2-year-old males was a little less dramatic, with O'Prado Again rallying for the win.

Photo: Coglianese Photos

Making his stakes debut, career claimer Jimanator outdueled odds-on favorite Mambo Meister to win the $100,000 Fred W. Hooper Handicap.

Photo: Jim Lisa Photos

Robert Wright's Jeranimo and jockey Garrett Gomez win the Grade II, $250,000 Citation Handicap, Saturday, November 26, 2011 at Hollywood Park.

Photo: Benoit Photo

Favored Jeranimo rebounded from his seventh-place finish in the TVG Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) three weeks ago with a decisive 2 3/4-length victory in the $250,000 Citation Handicap.

Photo: Benoit Photo

On Fire Baby running in the Golden Rod at Churchill Downs.

Photo: Reed Palmer Photography, Churchill Downs

Anita Cauley's homebred On Fire Baby rolled to an easy front-running victory under jockey Joe Johnson in Saturday's 68th running of the $150,000-added Golden Rod for 2-year-old fillies.

Photo: Reed Palmer Photography, Churchill Downs

Jockey Luis Contreras guides Run in Aruba to victory in the Kingarvie Stakes at Woodbine.

Photo: Michael Burns

Pacific Ocean and jockey Joel Rosario win the Grade III, $100,000 Vernon O. Underwood Stakes.

Photo: Benoit Photo

Pacific Ocean, bursting to the lead from his rail post, overpowered his rivals for the first graded stakes tally of his career in the Vernon O. Underwood.

Photo: Benoit Photo

WinStar Farm and Todd Pletcher, who won the Kentucky Jockey Club in 2009 with Super Saver before sending him off to win the Kentucky Derby, completed the first part of the double again with Gemologist.

Photo: Reed Palmer Photography, Churchill Downs

Gemologist and jockey Javier Castellano returned to the winner's circle at Churchill Downs following their victory in Saturday's $150,000-added Grade III Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes.

Photo: Reed Palmer Photography, Churchill Downs

To Honor and Serve running in the 2011 Cigar Mile.

Photo: Coglianese Photos

Cutting back in distance in search of his first grade I win, To Honor and Serve put away Calibrachoa in upper stretch and held off Hymn Book late to take the Cigar Mile Handicap.

Photo: Coglianese Photos

Cornelio Velasquez wins race number 3,000.

Photo: Coglianese Photos/nyra

Stoney Fleece racing in the Grade III Generous Stakes at Hollywood Park.

Photo: Benoit Photo

Stoney Fleece, closing with aplomb, won the $100,000 Generous Stakes.

Photo: Benoit Photo

Ultimate Eagle racing in the 2011 Hollywood Derby.

Photo: Benoit Photo

Owner B.J. Wright and trainer Michael Pender capped their superb Turf Festival at Hollywood Park when front-running Ultimate Eagle employed thievery to win the $250,000 Hollywood Derby.

Photo: Benoit Photo

Buena Vista, disqualified from first to second for interference in last year's Japan Cup (Jpn-I), found no such problems this year.

Photo: Naoji Inada

The 5-year-old mare surged late to win the $6.1 million event Nov. 27 at Tokyo Racecourse to earn Japan Cup redemption

Photo: Kate Hunter

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