PICTURES OF THE DAY

Sumacha’hot (3), a former $5,000 claimer, ridden by jockey Grant Whitacre, moves ahead during the stretch run to win the Maryland Million Classic. (Baltimore Sun photo by Kenneth K. Lam / September 26, 2009)

Horses leave the gate at the start of the 24th running of the Maryland Million Classic at Laurel Park. (Baltimore Sun photo by Kenneth K. Lam / September 26, 2009)
Jockey Garrett Gomez aborad Furthest Land (7) rides to the finish to win the Kentucky Cup Classic at Turfway Park, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009 in Florence, Ky. Jockey Calvin Borel aboard Dubious Miss, left, finished second.

Jockey Garrett Gomez aboard El Brujo (1) rides to the finish to win the Kentucky Cup Sprint at Turfway Park, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009 in Florence, Ky. Jockey Sal Gonzalez, Jr. aboard Brass Bay, background, finished second.

In this photo provided by the New York Racing Association, Indian Blessing, right, ridden by John R. Velazquez captures The Gallant Bloom Stakes at Belmont Park on Saturday, sept. 26, 2009, in New York.

Driver Ron Pierce raises his whip to the crowd on his way to the winner’s circle after winning the Little Brown Jug with Well Said at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in Delaware, Ohio, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2009.