AraziThe big day was finally here. Wonder colt Arazi would be making his first and only start on the way to the Kentucky Derby (gr. I)."Last year's American and European champion juvenile Arazi demonstrated quite clearly that he is as good as ever when he returned to action with a most impressive five-length victory in the Prix Omnium II, a listed stakes at Saint-Cloud on Tuesday, April 7," wrote The Blood-Horse's European correspondent Michael Ross.
Jockey Steve Cauthen, who was aboard Arazi for the first time, called him the best horse he had ridden since 1978 Triple Crown winner Affirmed. "He has limitless scope, he relaxes and settles, and I could have won by 25 lengths if I wanted," he told Ross.Arazi, who arrived in Louisville April 26, was the 4-5 favorite in the Run for the Roses. His task was made easier after top rival A.P. Indy was scratched the day before the race because of a bruised hoof. Arazi, who won the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) over the same Churchill Downs track the previous fall, was in contention at the top of the Derby stretch, but weakened and finished eighth. Lil E. Tee, at 16-1, was the Derby winner.Arazi skipped the Preakness (gr. I), won by Pine Bluff, and the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), won by A.P. Indy.