Terra Promessa won the Bayakoa Stakes by 4 3/4 lengths in her most recent start

Terra Promessa won the Bayakoa Stakes by 4 3/4 lengths in her most recent start

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Terra Promessa Puts Oaklawn Form on Line in Azeri

Daughter of Curlin is unbeaten at Arkansas track.

Charles Cella may operate Oaklawn Park, but one could argue it is Stonestreet Stables' homebred Terra Promessa that owns the Hot Springs, Ark., oval.

Unbeaten in five starts at the Arkansas track, Terra Promessa puts her status as the house horse on the line against six challengers in the $350,000 Azeri Stakes (G2) going 1 1/16 miles March 18.

Outside of her maiden win at Churchill Downs in November of 2015, all of Terra Promessa's wins have come in Arkansas, including her most recent triumph in the Feb. 18 Bayakoa Stakes (G3), when she bested fellow Azeri entrant Power of Snunner in front-running fashion. The 4-year-old Curlin  filly also captured the 2016 Honeybee (G3) and Fantasy Stakes (G3) over the Oaklawn surface and opened her 2017 campaign with a gate-to-wire victory in the Pippin Stakes.

SHEA: Terra Promessa Goes Gate to Wire in Bayakoa

Trained by Steve Asmussen, Terra Promessa has finished worse than third just twice in nine starts and has earnings of $615,600.

Among those trying to knock Terra Promessa off her home game will be fellow graded stakes winner Eskenformoney. The Todd Pletcher-trained daughter of Eskendereya captured the Rampart Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park Dec. 17 to close out her 4-year-old campaign but was a well-beaten third during her seasonal bow in the Feb. 18 Royal Delta Stakes (G2).

SHEA: Eskenformoney Digs Deep to Win Rampart

Stakes winner Streamline has been an honest performer for trainer Brian Williamson, finishing worse than third one time in 16 starts. The daughter of Straight Line  ran third in last year's edition of the Azeri and came home in that same position behind Terra Promessa in both the Pippin and Bayakoa.

Entries: Azeri S. (G2)

Oaklawn Park, Saturday, March 18, 2017, Race 7

  • Grade II
  • 1 1/16m
  • Dirt
  • $350,000
  • 4 yo's & up Fillies and Mares
  • 4:21 PM (local)
11Miss Mo Kelly (KY)Channing Hill119Paul E. Holthus20/1
22Terra Promessa (KY)Irad Ortiz, Jr.122Steven M. Asmussen3/5
33Tiger Moth (KY)Jose L. Ortiz117Brad H. Cox12/1
44She Mabee Wild (IN)Jon Kenton Court117Mark Danner20/1
55Power of Snunner (PA)Christopher A. Emigh113Joe Sharp8/1
66Eskenformoney (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateJavier Castellano119Todd A. Pletcher3/1
77Streamline (IL)Chris Landeros117Brian Williamson10/1