Keyword: Azeri

  • Azeri possible for Met.

    Azeri Bound for Met Mile Pending Weight Assignment

    The Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) on May 31 at Belmont Park is expected to be the next stop for 2002 Horse of the Year Azeri, but only if trainer D. Wayne Lukas approves of the weight assignment for the 6-year-old champion.

  • Metropolitan Mile Could be Next for Azeri

    Azeri could next race against males in the $750,000 Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) at Belmont Park on May 31, trainer D. Wayne Lukas said from his Churchill Downs stable Friday.

  • Mayo on the Side (5) nips Azeri by a nose in a thrilling finish to the Humana Distaff.

    Azeri Upset in Humana Distaff

    Azeri came back time after time, but it wasn't enough. Mayo on the Side and Pat Day got by at the end to win the Humana Distaff Handicap (gr. I) at Churchill Downs Saturday.

  • Azeri Assigned 125 for Humana Distaff

    The Allen Paulson Living Trust's Azeri, the 2002 "Horse of the Year" and champion older filly or mare in 2003, has been assigned high weight of 125 pounds for an expected start in Saturday's $250,000-added Humana Distaff (gr. I) at Churchill Downs.

  • Azeri, Headed for Humana Distaff, Tops Derby Week Noms

    The Allen Paulson Living Trust's Azeri, the 2002 "Horse of the Year" and champion older mare in 2003, will be pointed to the $250,000-added Humana Distaff (gr. I) at seven furlongs on Kentucky Derby Day May 1 at Churchill Downs, trainer D. Wayne Lukas said Thursday.

  • Azeri Fires Bullet; Could Race Derby Weekend

    Allen E. Paulson Living Trust's Azeri, the 2002 Horse of the Year and a dazzling winner of the recent Apple Blossom Handicap (gr. II) at Oaklawn Park, worked a bullet four furlongs on a muddy track Wednesday at Churchill Downs.

  • Azeri makes impressive return with runaway win in the Apple Blossom.

    Azeri Back in Business in Apple Blossom

    Trainer D. Wayne Lukas brought former champion Azeri all the way back Saturday to capture the $500,000 Apple Blossom Handicap (gr. I) in smart front-running fashion over a strong field at Oaklawn Park.

  • Azeri, with trainer D. Wayne Lukas, at Oaklawn Park.

    Azeri Heads All-Star Field in Apple Blossom

    The Apple Blossom Handicap (gr. I) at Oaklawn Park Saturday promises to be one of the more intriguing matchups of the year as six older fillies and mares have been entered, including grade I winners Azeri, Wild Spirit, Island Fashion, and Star Parade.

  • Smith Opts for Lion Heart over Azeri

    Mike Smith came to a fork in the road with Lion Heart and Azeri and has decided on Lion Heart. Both horses are scheduled to run in grade I stakes on April 3, Lion Heart in the $750,000 Santa Anita Derby and Azeri in the $500,000 Apple Blossom Handicap at Oaklawn Park.

  • Azeri Works Smartly for Apple Blossom

    Champion mare Azeri worked seven furlongs in 1:24 3/5 at Santa Anita Friday, trainer D. Wayne Lukas confirming the move is in preparation for the $500,000 Apple Blossom Handicap (gr. I) at Oaklawn Park on April 3.

  • Lukas 'Couldn't be Happier' with Azeri's Progress

    D. Wayne Lukas said Sunday that he has been delighted with Azeri since the Hall of Fame trainer received the champion Dec. 28. Sunday, the 2002 Horse of the Year worked four furlongs in :48 3/5 at Santa Anita.

  • Azeri Breezes for New Trainer Lukas

    Azeri, the 2002 Horse of the Year, had her first official workout in the care of her new trainer, D. Wayne Lukas Sunday morning, breezing three furlongs in :35 1/5.

  • Azeri was a champion for the second year in row.

    2003 Eclipse Older Female of the Year: Azeri

    She is so much more than Queen for a Day. Actually, she is now even more than Queen for a Year. Azeri', 2002's champion older female and Horse of the Year, made a successful case for an encore presentation among older distaffers, and will keep the champion older female trophy for her work in 2003.

  • Azeri, 2002 Horse of the Year.

    Owner Says 'Everything Looks Super' With Azeri

    Azeri, the 2002 Horse of the Year, is progressing under new trainer D. Wayne Lukas and could defend her title in the Apple Blossom Handicap (gr. I) at Oaklawn Park on April 3, according to owner Michael Paulson, who was at Santa Anita Thursday morning.

  • Energetic Azeri Jogs for Lukas at Santa Anita

    Azeri, the 2002 Horse of the Year, arrived at D. Wayne Lukas' Santa Anita barn Dec. 28 to begin training toward a 2004 campaign. "She showed a lot of energy, so she went to the track and jogged lightly with the pony this morning," the Hall of Fame trainer said Monday.

  • Azeri will return to racing as Lukas trainee.

    Azeri to Return in 2004 With Lukas

    Azeri, the 2002 Horse of the Year who suffered a tendon injury one week prior to the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, will return to training for a 2004 campaign under Hall of Fame conditioner D. Wayne Lukas.

  • Lukas Can't Confirm Azeri's Return

    Trainer D. Wayne Lukas said Friday morning he has received no confirmation from Azeri's owner, Michael Paulson, that the 2002 Horse of the Year would resume training under Lukas.

  • Paulson Horses Transferred from De Seroux

    Eight horses owned by Michael Paulson will be transferred from trainer Laura de Seroux and sent to the East Coast Friday to trainers Michael Matz and Bill Mott.

  • Horse of the Year Azeri and Laura De Seroux.

    Azeri Out of Breeders' Cup Distaff

    Azeri, the 2002 Horse of the Year, will not run in the Oct. 25 Breeders' Cup Distaff – Presented by Nextel, Michael Paulson announced Sunday night.

  • Azeri, seeks second Breeders' Cup Distaff.

    De Seroux Says Azeri Has Bounced Back Better Than Expected

    When Azeri was discovered to be suffering from a viral infection and raised white blood count following the Lady's Secret Breeders' Cup (gr. II), trainer Laura de Seroux had doubts about making the Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I). But those doubts are now gone.

  • De Seroux Excited about Azeri

    Trainer Laura de Seroux is excited about the way reigning Horse of the Year Azeri is training up to the Oct. 25. Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships at Oak Tree at Santa Anita.

  • Heavily favored Sightseek and Jerry Bailey cruise to victory in the Beldame, Saturday at Belmont.

    Beldame All Sightseek; Frankel Sets Mark

    Juddmonte Farm's' Sightseek romped to her fourth consecutive grade I victory in Saturday's $750,000 Beldame for fillies and mares at Belmont Park, setting the stage for a possible showdown with Azeri in the Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) on Oct. 25 at Santa Anita.

  • Azeri, being checked at San Luis Rey clinic.

    Azeri Sent to Clinic Following Lady's Secret Loss

    Following her loss to Got Koko in the Sept. 28 Lady's Secret Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) at Oak Tree at Santa Anita, trainer Laura de Seroux sent Horse of the Year Azeri to the San Luis Rey Downs Clinic to undergo a thorough check-up.

  • Got Koko, earned a chance at the Breeders' Cup Distaff.

    On to Breeders' Cup for Got Koko, Halfbridled

    Lady's Secret Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) winner Got Koko was in good shape Monday morning, trainer Bruce Headley reported, and is probable to run next in the Oct. 25 Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) at Santa Anita.

  • Got Koko, right, winning the Lady's Secret. Azeri, left, finished third but was moved up to second.

    Azeri's Streak Over; Got Koko Grabs Lady's Secret

    Azeri's 11-race winning streak came to a surprising halt Sunday – 27 days before the Breeders' Cup – when Got Koko rallied past the reigning Horse of the Year and went on to a half-length win in the $300,000 Lady's Secret Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) at Santa Anita.

  • Stars Align in Oak Tree Cup Previews

    The 2003 Oak Tree Racing Association at Santa Anita gets an auspicious start to its 32-day meeting Sunday with four graded stakes races and plenty of Breeders' Cup possibilities. Of course, the meet is highlighted by the 20th edition of the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships on Oct. 25.

  • Azeri, carries 128 pounds Sunday.

    Azeri to Carry Top Impost of Career Sunday

    Reigning Horse of the Year Azeri will carry 128 pounds, the highest impost of her storied career, and spot her rivals at least 10 pounds apiece in the $300,000 Lady's Secret Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) Sunday at Santa Anita.

  • Trainer Laura de Seroux, with Horse of the Year Azeri.

    BC Classic Not Out of the Question For Azeri

    Laura de Seroux, trainer of Azeri, said Tuesday that in the wake of the defections of Candy Ride and Perfect Drift, she will keep her options open regarding the Breeders' Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge (gr. I).

  • Oak Tree Boosts Lady's Secret Purse

    The Oak Tree Racing Association announced Thursday that it will increase the purse in the Lady's Secret Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) to $300,000 guaranteed.

  • Take Charge Lady will run next at Keeneland.

    Spinster, Azeri Rematch on Tap for 'Lady

    Select Stable's Take Charge Lady came out of her impressive 10 ½ -length tally in Monday's Arlington Matron Handicap (gr. III) well and will leave Arlington Park Wednesday evening on her return trip to Churchill Downs, trainer Ken McPeek said.

  • Azeri Headed for Oak Tree's Lady's Secret

    After considering a number of race options for defending Horse of the Year Azeri, owner Michael Paulson of the Allen Paulson Living Trust and trainer Laura de Seroux have chosen the Lady's Secret Handicap (gr. II) at Oak Tree at Santa Anita on Sept. 28.

  • Countdown to the Cup: European Onslaught Begins; 3-Year-Old Filly Field in Disarray

    The countdown to the 2003 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships began this past weekend, and the only things we really learned are that the American turf horses are going to have to pull a rabbit out of the hat to hold off the Europeans in the Turf once again, and the 3-year-old fillies now look totally overmatched by the trio of "Wonder Women" -- Azeri, Sightseek, and Wild Spirit.

  • Presence of Heroes

    <i>By Steve Haskin</i> -- The American racing fan is starving for a hero. Not one of these short-term heroes that are merely a brief flash of light, but one that can keep the fire aglow. Well, guess what? We have been in the presence of such heroes for the past several years and aren't even aware of it.

  • Azeri, with Mike Smith up, makes it 11 wins in a row.

    Azeri Gives Smith Perfect Birthday Gift

    Jockey Mike Smith got a great big 38th birthday present from Azeri, the horse he says put him in the Racing Hall of Fame, Sunday in the $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Handicap (gr. II) for fillies and mares at Del Mar.

  • Azeri expects to face small field in Clement L. Hirsch Handicap.

    Azeri in Final Work for Hirsch; Small Field Expected

    In a work her trainer said she can set her stopwatch by, Horse of the Year Azeri clicked off a half-mile in 47 2/5 seconds Monday morning at San Luis Rey Downs in her final serious work for Sunday's grade II, $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Handicap at Del Mar.

  • Headley Has Fresh 'Koko for Azeri in Hirsch

    The prospect of racing against Horse of the Year Azeri in the $300,000 Clement Hirsch Handicap (gr. II) on Aug. 10 does not create a problem for trainer Bruce Headley, who is known to have a high threshold of awe when it comes to other horses.

  • Smith Admits Some Guilt About Hall Induction

    Standing on the threshold of racing's Hall of Fame, jockey Mike Smith is still waiting for the fact to sink in. He knows that on Monday, when his moment of induction comes, he will be stunned. He just hopes he'll be able to speak.

  • Azeri, on quest to defend this Breeders&#39; Cup Distaff victory and Horse of the Year title.

    Azeri to Make Next Start in Del Mar's Hirsch

    The long-awaited decision on where Horse of the Year Azeri will run next has been made. The 5-year-old daughter of Jade Hunter will run for a second straight year in the grade II, $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Handicap at Del Mar on Sunday, Aug. 10.

  • De Seroux Charts Stakes Course; No Plan for Azeri

    Trainer Laura de Seroux raised her stakes-leading total to four with Azeri's victory in the $250,000 Vanity Handicap (gr. I) Saturday and seeks to add to those numbers during the next two weeks of the Hollywood Park spring/summer meet.