PICTURES OF THE DAY

Jockey Kenji Nonaka rides Japanese horse Tokai Trick during early morning trackwork in preparation for the Melbourne Cup, on November 1, 2010. This year’s 6.175 million Australian dollar ($6.086 USD) Melbourne Cup will see 150th running of this iconic event on November 2 drawing a crowd of over 100,000 spectators and stops a nation with most people in Australian watching it on television or listening on the radio.  (Photo by William West/AFP/Getty Images)

This photo released by Benoit Photo shows Holly or David Wilson’s Briecat and jockey Patrick Valenzuela winning the Grade II, $150,000 Las Palmas Handicap, Sunday, Oct. 31, 2010 at Oak Tree at Hollywood Park, Inglewood CA.

This photo released by Benoit Photo shows Soul Candy and jockey Rafael Bejarano winning the $150,000 California Cup Classic, Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010 at Oak Tree at Hollywood Park, Englewood CA.

In this photo released the New York Racing Association, Bribon, ridden by John R. Velazquez, captures The Bold Ruler Grade III at Belmont Park, New York, Saturday Oct. 30, 2010.

In this photo released by the New York Racing Association Our Khrysty, ridden by Ramon A. Dominguez, is shown capturing The Turnback the Alarm Grade III at Belmont Park, New York Saturday Oct. 30, 2010.