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The Palio Di Siena

City of Siena: Abolish the use of animals in the Palio Comune di Siena: Abolire l'uso degli animali nel Palio

Jockey Garrett Gomez's silks fit right in with the crowd's fashion as he makes his way to the paddock for the fifth race Friday.

Kentucky Oaks action

Churchill Downs was buzzing on Kentucky Oaks day.

Falling Sky (outside), trained by John Terranova, had a highly unusual and photogenic workout in company with his stablemates Balance of Power and Swift Warrior.  In the background (right), Rudy Rodriguez sets Vyjack down for a work while, left back, Verrazano gallops.

It's Kentucky Derby time again!

Next stop The Belmont Stakes, but before the racing world turns its attention to New York City, a Preakness tradition. A worker paints the colors of winning jockey Mario Gutierrez's silks on the Pimlico weather vane.

This image depicts the ritual started in 1909 of painting the winning horse's colors on the weather vane atop the clubhouse at Pimlico.

A decorated elephant takes part in a parade during the annual Buddhist festival of the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy, Sri Lanka

Pictures of the day: 2 August 2012

A decorated elephant takes part in a parade during the annual Buddhist festival of the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy, Sri Lanka Picture: Gemunu Amarasinghe/AP

Rose to Gold, Fantasy Stakes

Rose to Gold Keeps Rolling in Fantasy Romp

Clare & I waited by the paddock rail on Breeder's Cup 2011 - Churchill Downs - to see Shackleford!

Shacktown and just another in my shrine to him :)

Affirmed -- ESPN Photo Wire - ESPN -- Winner of 1977 Triple Crown

As I’ll Have Another tries to become racing’s first Triple Crown winner in 34 years, plenty of casual fans will be asking: Why is this feat so difficult? Why is it more difficult than it was in the

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Joel Rosario in 2009 Breeders' Cup World Championships Day 2

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