PICTURES OF THE DAY

Ruby Walsh riding Aerial clears the last to win The Shawbrook Bank Graduation Steeple Chase at Ascot racecourse on December 17, 2011 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

In this photo provided by Hodges Photography, Exfactor, ridden by Jockey Shaun Bridgmohan, gets a nose in front of Laurie’s Rocket and jockey Brian Hernandez, Jr. to win the Sugar Bowl Stakes horse race at Fair Grounds racetrack, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Hodges Photography, Lou Hodges, Jr.)

In a photo provided by Gulfstream Park, Summer Front (9, with jockey Ramon Dominguez, captures the Dania Beach Stakes at Gulfstream Park on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, in Hallandale Beach, Fla. Finale (8), ridden by John Velazquez, was second. (AP Photo/Gulfstream Park, Coglianese Photos)

James A. Riccio’s King and Crusader made his first foray into his native state a winning one when he upset eight other Maryland-bred 2-year-olds in the $75,000 Maryland Juvenile Championship.  Rick Dutrow trains the son of Lion Heart, who was ridden for the first time today by Victor Santiago. (Photo by Jim McCue/Maryland Jockey Club)

In this photo provided by Benoit Photo, Arnold Zetcher’s Liaison and jockey Rafael Bejarano, third from right, hold off Rousing Sermon ridden by Joseph Talamo, left, to win the Grade I $750,000 CashCall Futurity, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011, at Hollywood Park in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Benoit Photo)

Crown Prince of Dubai, Sheikh Hamadan bin Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum (2nd L) pours water on his horse during the Arab Games’ 120 kms endurance competition near Doha, Qatar on December 17, 2011. (Photo by Marwan Naamani/AFP/Getty Images)

Dark Hollow Farm’s Plum was up in the final jump to win the $75,000 Maryland Juvenile Filly Championship, the co-feature on the closing day card at Laurel Park.  Travis Dunkelberger was at the controls as the daughter of Pure Prize prevailed in the 7-1/2 furlong test, as he helped her win by just a head over More Than a Cruise, with frontrunner Bluegrass Atatude two lengths farther back in third. (Photo by Jim McCue/Maryland Jockey Club)

In this photo provided the New York Racing Association, Frazil, right, with Cornelio Velasquez aboard, captures The Gravesend at Aqueduct in New York, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011. Pretty Boy Freud, left, ridden by David Cohen, finished second. (AP Photo/New York Racing Association)

Hadden Frost riding Obscurity is unseated from his mount at Plumpton racecourse on December 19, 2011 in Plumpton, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images Europe)

A muddy Brendan Powell after riding his third winner of the day on Drawn Free at Plumpton racecourse on December 19, 2011 in Plumpton, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images Europe)

Runners in the Yes Promo Products ‘National Hunt’ Novices’ Hurdle Race pass the grandstand at Plumpton racecourse on December 19, 2011 in Plumpton, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images Europe)