The Week in Photos for 12/17/2013

Gulfstream Park, Fair Grounds, Hollywood Park, Calder, Woodbine, Japan and much more.

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Even-money favorite Shared Belief, ridden patiently by Corey Nakatani, swept past outsider Candy Boy coming into the stretch and easily rolled to his third consecutive victory in the $750,000 Grade I CashCall Futurity at Betfair Hollywood Park in California.

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Asia Express, a Florida-bred son of Henny Hughes, took to the turf for the first time in the Asahi Futurity (Jpn-I) at Nakayama racecourse in Japan and kept his perfect record intact with a surprising burst of speed in the stretch.

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Photo: Naoji Inada

In the $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Sprint, Rowell Enterprises’ Heitai, relishing the sloppy going, took command at the break, made the pace in early fractions of 22.00 and 45.45, and galloped home seven lengths to the good of favored Southern Dude in a final time of 1:11.64 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.

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Photo: Hodges Photography / Amanda Hodges Weir

Hud's Rebellion, trained by Andy Leggio Jr. and ridden by Rosie Napravnik, outfought Sadie's Soldier in the final sixteenth of a mile to win by 1 1/2 lengths in the $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Turf over a Stall-Wilson turf course rated good at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.

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Photo: Hodges Photography / Lynn Roberts

Sunbean with Richard Eramia (pink cap) in the irons captures the 23rd running of the Louisiana Champions Day Classic by a nose in front of String King at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.

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Photo: Hodges Photography / Lou Hodges Jr.

Even-money choice Baffle Me scored her third consecutive stakes triumph with a half-length tally in the $100,000 South Beach Stakes on the turf at Gulfstream Park in Florida.

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Photo: Leslie Martin / Coglianese Photo

Blueskiesnrainbows and Martin Pedroza win the Grade III $150,000 Native Diver Stakes at Betfair Hollywood Park, Inglewood, CA.

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Paladin Bay ridden by jockey Gerry Olquin capture the Ontario Lassie Stakes at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Ontario.

Photo: Michael Burns

One day after securing the single-season North American earnings record for a jockey, Javier Castellano picked up a graded win at Gulfstream Park when he guided Heart Stealer in the $100,000 Grade III Sugar Swirl Stakes.

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Photo: Kenny Martin / Coglianese Photos

Jockey Amelia Green scored her first career victory aboard her very first Hollywood Park ride when Twin Six carried the 20-year-old native of England to victory in the Nightcap.

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Jockey Gerard Melancon (black cap) aboard Guadalupe High turns for home and goes on to capture the 8th running of the Louisiana Champions Day Ladies Sprint at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.

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Photo: Hodges Photography / Amanda Hodges Weir

Simmstown takes the Kenny Noe Jr. Handicap at Calder Race Course in Miami Gardens, Florida.

Photo: Coady Photography

The $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Juvenile went to Ide Be Cool, owned and trained by Henry Ray Dunn, who kept his four-race undefeated streak alive with a front-running seven-length score under jockey Chris Rosier at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.

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Photo: Hodges Photography / Amanda Hodges Weir

Teddy's Promise and jockey Victor Espinoza win the $100,000 Playa del Rey Stakes at Betfair Hollywood Park.

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Ladyzarbridge (right) with Rosie Napravnik aboard leads the pack into the stretch and goes on to win the 23rd running of the $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Ladies at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.

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Photo: Hodges Photography / Amanda Hodges Weir

Lucayan and Joel Rosario (left) outgame Temeraine to win the Grade II $250,000 Hollywood Turf Cup at Betfair Hollywood Park.

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Lexi's Love with Diego Saenz aboard gets a head in front of All Woman and jockey Rosie Napravnik to win the 23rd running of the $100,00 Louisiana Champions day Lassie at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.

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Photo: Hodges Photography / Lou Hodges Jr.

Apprentice rider Nik Juarez gets the customary hazing from his fellow jockeys after winning his first career mount at Laurel Park.

Photo: Jim McCue / Maryland Jockey Club

Raiseanothergator with Richard Eramia aboard draws away in the slop to easily win the Louisiana Champions Day Handicap Stakes at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots in New Orleans.

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Photo: Hodges Photography / Lou Hodges, Jr.

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