Azeri in November Sale; Vallenzeri Renamed

Azeri in November Sale; Vallenzeri Renamed
Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt
Vallenzeri, whose name has been changed to Take Control, at Keeneland on April 5.

Azeri, who was bought back for $4.4 million at this year’s Keeneland January horses of all ages sale, has been entered in the upcoming Keeneland November breeding stock sale, according to John Sikura of Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency and Hill 'n' Dale Farms. Owned by the Allen E. Paulson Living Trust, the 2002 Horse of the Year is in foal to Distorted Humor   after producing a Ghostzapper   filly this year.

“There has been a change in the emphasis of the trust,” said Sikura, whose Hill 'n' Dale operation was Azeri's consignor in January and will perform the same duty in November. “The objective now is if the horse is in the sale to sell the horse. The trust has come to an end, and the horses are being liquidated and sold.”

Azeri’s first foal, once named Vallenzeri but now named Take Control, set a world Thoroughbred auction record when he was a $7.7-million buy-back at the 2008 Keeneland September yearling sale. Hill ‘n’ Dale was his consignor.

Earlier this year, at the Keeneland sale of 2-year-olds in training, Take Control (by A.P. Indy) was sold for $1.9 million to Kaleem Shah by Eddie Woods, agent.

Azeri’s second foal, a filly by Giant's Causeway  , is consigned to the Keeneland September yearling sale by Hill ‘n’ Dale. Hip No. 81 in the auction’s catalog, she is scheduled to go through the sale ring on the auction’s opening day, Sept. 14.



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