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October 27, 2008

Horses at work and at play

The 2008 Breeders' Cup World Championships were held last weekend at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California. Horses and jockeys raced 14 championship races of differing grades and surfaces, and prizes totalling $25.5 milllion were awarded. Collected here are photos from the Breeders' Cup, and several others, taking a look at horses in the news around the world recently, at work and at play. (25 photos total)

Jockey Lanfranco Dettori rides Donativum of Great Britain en route to win the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf race during the Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park October 25, 2008 in Arcadia, California. (Harry How/Getty Images)

The field breaks from the starting gate during the Juvenile Fillies Turf race at the Breeders Cup at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., Friday, Oct. 24, 2008. Jockey Jose Lezcano aboard Maram (3), at left, won the race. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) #

A man handles Hungarian race horse Overdose in Dunakeszi, Hungary on September 10, 2008. (REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh) #

A close view of the face of Hungarian race horse Overdose is seen in Dunakeszi, Hungary on September 10, 2008. (REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh) #

Austrian horse rider Hannah Zeitlhofer sits on a Lipizzaner horse in the Spanish Riding School in Vienna October 15, 2008. For the first time ever, in the 430 year history of the Spanish Riding School, women are now allowed to ride the world famous Lipizzaner horses. (REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger) #

A rider performs with a horse during the equestrian show "Cavalia" in Lisbon October 5, 2008. "Cavalia" was created by Normand Latourelle, one of the founders of Cirque du Soleil. (REUTERS/Nacho Doce) #

Protesters and police clash outside Hofstra University on October 15, 2008 in Hempstead, NY, venue of the third and final debate between Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama. Several protesters were arrested, some being injured by equestrian police. (DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images) #

A cowboy on his horse at sunset in a field near Calgary, Alberta. (Handout/Calgary Board of Tourism) #

Riders clear the "Taxis fence" obstacle during the 118th Velka Pardubicka Steeplechase horse race in Pardubice, Czech Republic on October 12, 2008. (REUTERS/Petr Josek) #

A lion rides a horse in a circus show in Xiamen in southeast China's Fujian province Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2008. The circus shows were held during a golden week holiday to mark China's National Day, the 59th anniversary of the founding of communist China. (AP Photo) #

A man harvests salt in a lake some 20km (12 miles) northwest of Baku, Azerbaijan on October 17, 2008. Locals harvest table salt from the natural lake using horses and trucks that last no longer than one year due to the daily exposure to saline water, workers said. A 50kg sack of the salt sells for about 1 Manat ($1.23) on the local market. (REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin) #

A grazing horse is seen, refracted through drops of water hanging from an autumn leaf in Igis, eastern Switzerland, Friday, Oct. 24, 2008. (AP Photo/Keystone, Arno Balzarini) #

Jockey Edgar Prado atop Laragh leads the pack around a turn in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf race during the Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park October 24, 2008 in Arcadia, California. Jose Lezcano and Maram won the race. (Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) #

A police officer feeds a 5-day-old foal born from a mare recently imported from Argentina at a training base for Colombia's National Police Carabineros squad in Mancilla, Colombia, Monday, Oct. 20, 2008. The Colombian police purchased 1,900 horses from Argentina worth around 11 million dollars to renew the stables of its mounted police. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara) #

Barbara Budinszki rides Hungarian race horse Overdose along a trail, in training in Dunakeszi, Hungary on September 10, 2008. (REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh) #

Two work horses stand, waiting in a sea of corn stalks for the Amish driver of their cart on a farm in Troy Township, Ohio on Tuesday morning, Oct. 21, 2008. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta) #

A riot police officer on horseback aims at a target while leaning heavily during a presentation for foreign diplomats in Moscow, Russia on October 25, 2008. (REUTERS/Alexander Natruskin) #

Garrett Gomez atop Zappa leads the pack in the Breeder's Cup Marathon race during the Breeders' Cup World Championships on October 24, 2008 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California (Christian Petersen/Getty Images) #

Palestinian youths ride a horse in the Mediterranean sea in Gaza City on the fourth and last Friday of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan September 26, 2008. (REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis) #

A South African boy jumps an obstacle as he rides on August 21, 2008 a horse during a riding lesson at the Soweto Riding School in Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa. The Soweto Riding School is the brainchild of 63-year-old Enos Mafokate, South Africa's first black show jumper, who fell in love with the sport as a horse-mad boy hoping for a chance to look after the horses of picnicking whites. (GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP/Getty Images) #

A wild horse grazes on one of the dirt roads on Cumberland Island, Georgia National Seashore, Saturday, September 20, 2008. Herds of wild horses run loose on the 17 mile long island once owned by the Carnegie family and made famous by the wedding of John F. Kennedy Jr. in 1996. The National Park Service is looking at starting vehicle tours to the north end of Cumberland Island, Georgia beginning next year in accordance with a mandate from congress to increase accessibility in the national seashore area. (AP Photo/Chris Viola) #

Hooves tear up the turf as horses and jockeys race in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf race during the Breeders' Cup World Championships on October 24, 2008 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California (Christian Petersen/Getty Images) #

Brazilian racehorse Out of Control, ridden by Garrett Gomez, center, trails the legs of Irish horse Red Rock Canyon during the Breeders' Cup Turf horse race at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., Saturday, Oct. 25, 2008. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) #

Racehorse Raven's Pass with jockey Lanfranco Dettori in the irons celebrates his first place win in the Breeders' Cup Classic race in front of photographers at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California, October 25, 2008. (REUTERS/Mike Blake) #

A horse and rider return from the track during the morning workout session on October 23, 2008 in preparation for the Breeders' Cup Marathon race at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California (Christian Petersen/Getty Images) #