Azamour Takes Prince of Wales's; Ouija Board Seventh
Updated: Friday, June 17, 2005 5:07 PM
Posted: Wednesday, June 15, 2005 12:14 PM
Azamour, last year's St. James's Palace Stakes (Eng-I) winner at Royal Ascot, won the June 15 Prince of Wales's Stakes (Eng-I) at this year's meeting to give the colt's breeder/owner, the Aga Khan, his second group I winner at the meeting. The Aga Khan won yesterday's Queen Anne Stakes (Eng-I) with non-homebred Valixir.
An Irish-bred son of Night Shift and the 11-8 favorite, Azamour won in a driving finish by 1 1/2 lengths over another Irish-bred, Ace, with Australian-bred Elvstroem third, to take home $366,659 of the $632,170 purse. Both the runner-up and third-place finisher are by deceased Danehill.
The Prince of Wales's marked Ouija Board's first start since she earned a North American turf championship with a score in the VO5 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT) last October. Winner also last year of the English and Irish Oaks (both group I), Ouija Board was never in contention in the Prince of Wales's, run over good to firm turf, and finished seventh. The winning time for the about 10 1/2 furlongs was 2:08.15. John Oxx trains the winner and Mike Kinane rode.
Following his St. James's Palace win last year, Azamour won the 10-furlong Bailey's Irish Champion Stakes (Ire-I) in September, and at year's end was assigned high weight on the Irish Free Handicap for 3-year-olds at 9 1/2 to 11 furlongs.
Night Shift, a son of Northern Dancer, stands at Coolmore Stud in Ireland, the same farm where Danehill stood.
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