|Starforaday, ridden by Rajiv Maragh, wins the first race at Sartatoga on September 5, 2009, a six and a half furlong starter handicap for thoroughbreds 3 and older.|
|In race 2, seven furlongs for 2-year-old maidens, Callide Valley (#10), Julien Leparoux up, wins by a neck over Captain Stone, ridden by Shaun Bridgmohan.|
Mother Russia (#7) leads the field of New York-bred 3-year-old fillies as they head for the first turn in race 4, the one-mile Peerless Springs Stakes on Saratoga’s inner turf course. Ridden by Ramon Dominguez and trained by Linda Rice, Mother Russia won by a length over Akilina (#2.)
|First-time runner Extraextraordinary and jockey Kent Desormeaux return from the turf after their second-place finish in race 5, eight and a half furlongs for 2-year-old maidens.|
|White Holiday walks in the paddock before race 6, a claiming race for 3-year-olds and upward with fewer than two wins. The four-year-old gelding finished seventh in the field of twelve.|
|Alex Le Great, a son of Preakness and Belmont winner Afleet Alex, takes part in the post parade for race 7, seven furlongs on the dirt for 2-year-old maidens. Ridden by his sire’s regular jockey, Jeremy Rose, the colt finished fourth.|
|Also heading to the post for race 7 is Solid Steel, Michael Luzzi up. He finished fifth in the ten-horse field.|
|Gun Rock, in his second start, wins race 7 (Ramon Dominguez up.) Racing for the third time a month later, at Keeneland, the two-year-old colt broke down after the finish line and was euthanized.|
|Redding Colliery, Rajiv Maragh up, gets ready for race 8, a six and a half furlong allowance for three-year-olds and up.|
Mesa Sunrise, with Kent Desormeaux, wins race 8, half a length ahead of Hamazing Destiny (left) and Jamie Theriot.
|Redding Colliery is caked with mud after his fifth-place finish in race 8.|
Thoroughbreds and their pony companions take to the track before the Grade 1 Forego Stakes.
|Pyro warms up for the seven-furlong Forego; John Velazquez has the mount.|
Stretch run of the Forego: in front, from left, are Kodiak Kowboy, Pyro, My Pal Charlie (orange and purple silks), Riley Tucker (#5) and Ready’s Echo.
|Pyro wins the Forego; Kodiak Kowboy (left) is second; Ready’s Echo (center) is third.|
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