Horse of the Year Azeri delivers first foal.

Horse of the Year Azeri delivers first foal.

Barbara D. Livingston

Azeri's First Foal Is a Colt

Horse of the Year Azeri delivered her first foal, an A.P. Indychestnut colt, Feb. 14. A 9-year-old daughter of Jade Hunter, Azeri and her newborn are owned by the Allen E. Paulson Living Trust, which is managed by Paulson's son, Michael Paulson.

Azeri, who came up barren to the cover of Storm Catin 2005 during her first year as a broodmare, was bred by Allen Paulson, who unfortunately never got to see her race. He died in 2000 when Azeri was a 2-year-old.

Azeri was voted 2002 Horse of the Year and champion older female after winning the Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) in the midst of an 11-race win streak. She was the first female Horse of the Year since Lady's Secret in 1986. Azeri also was named champion older female in 2003-04.

Azeri, who is boarded at John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farms near Lexington, is booked to Storm Cat.