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Azeri

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Azeri
Azeri and trainer D. Wayne Lukas at Saratoga (Barbara D. Livingston)
Azeri
Induction Year: 
2010
Foaled: 
1998
Breeder: 
Allen E. Paulson
Owner: 
Allen E. Paulson Living Trust
Trainer: 
Laura de Seroux, D. Wayne Lukas
Sire: 
Jade Hunter
Dam: 
Zodiac Miss
Damsire: 
Ahonoora
Career Years: 
2001-2004
Starts: 
24
First: 
17
Second: 
4
Third: 
0
Earnings: 
$4,079,820.00

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Bio

Bred in Kentucky by Allen E. Paulson, Azeri was one of the most accomplished thoroughbreds of the 21st century’s first decade, finishing her career with 12 Grade 1 victories. A winner of 11 consecutive races at one point in her career, Azeri was named Horse of the Year in 2002 and Champion Older Female in 2002, 2003 and 2004.

 

A daughter of Grade 1 winner Jade Hunter out of the Ahonoora mare Zodiac Miss, Azeri was named after an aviation checkpoint in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. She was a $110,000 buyback at the September 1999 Keeneland yearling sale from the consignment of Jonabell Farm.

 

Paulson died in July of 2000 before he knew what Azeri would turn out to be, but his son, J. Michael Paulson, managed his father’s trust and sent Azeri to the races on Nov. 1 2001 with trainer Laura de Seroux. Azeri won a six-furlong race at Santa Anita in her debut and her only other start that year as a 3-year-old.

 

In 2002, Azeri won seven of her eight starts, including Grade 1 victories in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff, Santa Margarita Invitational Handicap, Apple Blossom Handicap, Milady Breeders’ Cup Handicap and Vanity Handicap. She also won the Grade 2 Lady’s Secret Breeders’ Cup Handicap and finished second in the Grade 2 La Canada Stakes. Azeri joined All Along (1983) and Lady’s Secret (1986) as the third female racehorse to be named Horse of the Year.

 

As a 5-year-old in 2003, Azeri again registered Grade 1 victories in the Apple Blossom, Milady, Vanity and Clement Hirsch. Her 11-race streak was snapped when she finished third in the Lady’s Secret Breeders’ Cup Handicap. Azeri suffered a tendon injury in the Lady’s Secret and did not race again until April 2004.

 

Azeri was transferred from de Seroux to D. Wayne Lukas following her 5-year-old campaign. In her first start for Lukas at 6, Azeri won her third Apple Blossom, a feat no other horse had ever accomplished. She then lost three in a row before defeating multiple Grade 1 winner Sightseek in the Go for Wand Handicap. Azeri also won the Grade 1 Spinster Stakes that year before finishing fifth in the Breeders’ Cup Classic in her final race.

 

Azeri retired with a record of 17-4-0 from 24 starts and earnings of $4,079,820, which was an all-time record for a female racehorse.

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