PICTURES OF THE DAY

Jeff Lloyd riding Able One celebrates after winning the 1600 metre Hong Kong Mile at the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Races in Hong Kong on December 11, 2011. The prestigious annual event is one of the world’s richest meetings, putting it in the company of America’s Triple Crown, the Dubai World Cup and Britain’s Royal Ascot. 

(Photo by Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images)

R. Larry Johnson’s Baltimore Belle ran by Love’s Blush in deep stretch to capture the $75,000 Geisha Stakes for Maryland-bred fillies and mares, the Saturday feature at Laurel Park.  Now a three-time stakes winner in 2011 for trainer Mike Trombetta, Baltimore Belle carried Julian Pimentel to a 1-1/4 length victory in 1:37.72 for the one mile distance. The 4-year-old filly won the Dahlia Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in April and took the Lady Baltimore Stakes on the Laurel turf course in her previous start.   (Photo by Jim McCue/MJC)

Matthew Chadwick riding California Memory reacts after winning the 2000 metre Hong Kong Cup at the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Races in Hong Kong on December 11, 2011. The prestigious annual event is one of the world’s richest meetings, putting it in the company of America’s Triple Crown, the Dubai World Cup and Britain’s Royal Ascot. 

(Photo by Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images)

Ruby Walsh riding Join Together clear the last to win The Ryman Stationer Novices’ Steeple Chase at Cheltenham racecourse on December 10, 2011 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images Europe)

 Barry Geraghty riding Grandouet (C) winning The stamjames.com International Hurdle Race from Overturn (L) at Cheltenham racecourse on December 10, 2011 in Cheltenham, England.  (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images Europe)

A large crowd watches horses racing during the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Races in Hong Kong on December 11, 2011. The prestigious annual event is one of the world’s richest meetings, putting it in the company of America’s Triple Crown, the Dubai World Cup and Britain’s Royal Ascot. (Photo by Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images)

Craig Williams of Australia riding Dunaden celebrates after winning the 2400 metre event of the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Races in Hong Kong on December 11, 2011. The prestigious annual event is one of the world’s richest meetings, putting it in the company of America’s Triple Crown, the Dubai World Cup and Britain’s Royal Ascot. (Photo by Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images)

This photo graces the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation at James River’s calendar for the month of March 2012.  (www.AnimalArtAndPhotography.com)

Killer Graces and jockey Joseph Talamo, left, outrun Charm The Maker ridden by Garrett Gomez, left, to win the Grade I, $402,000 Hollywood Starlet, Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011 at Hollywood Park in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Benoit Photo)

In this photo provided the New York Racing Association, Ron the Greek with jockey Junior Alvarado captures The Queens County horse race at Aqueduct, in Jamaica, N.Y., on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011. (AP Photo/New York Racing Association)

Jockey Stephen Baster rides Sell In May to win race 1 the Spotless Plate during the Western Health Community Raceday at Flemington Racecourse on December 10, 2011 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images AsiaPac)

In this photo provided by Coglianese Photos, Pomeroys Pistol with jockey Javier Castellano captures the Sugar Swirl Stakes horse race at Gulfstream Park in Miami on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011. (AP Photo/Coglianese Photos)