Azeri, may race two more times before retirement.

Azeri, may race two more times before retirement.

Barbara D. Livingston

Azeri May Make Two More Starts, Retired in Early 2005

Allen E. Paulson Living Trust's Azeri, the all-time leading money earner among females with $4,079,820, will be retired to be bred in early 2005 after possibly making one or two more starts.

Trainer D. Wayne Lukas, speaking at the Sunday morning post-Breeders' Cup breakfast at Lone Star Park, said there is a race Churchill Downs and one at Santa Anita that could be the final two starts of the 6-year-old mare's outstanding career.

"We (owner Michael Paulson) haven't made a decision," Lukas said. "She goes back to Churchill Downs tomorrow. There is a stake on Nov. 25 (the Falls City) that's out there, but we didn't have much time to talk about it. But I think there is a chance you will see her again. She is scheduled to be bred in February and in addition to the Churchill race, there is a race at Santa Anita in January."

Azeri, the 2002 Horse of the Year, added $120,000 to her already record bankroll with a fifth-place finish in Saturday's Breeders' Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge (gr. I) victory of Ghostzapper.

"She came out of the race very, very well," Lukas said, adding that neither he nor Paulson, who manages the Paulson Trust, had any regrets about running Azeri against males Saturday.

"There is no horse remorse at all this morning," Lukas said. "I don't have any regrets."

The daughter of Jade Hunter has won 17 of 24 starts, with four placings.