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Azeri

Azeri

Breeders’ Cup Champion
Jockey: 
M. Smith
Trainer: 
L. De Seroux
Owner: 
Allen E. Paulson Living Trust
Breeder: 
Allen E. Paulson

On the racetrack, few females have had the same impact as Azeri, who was voted champion older mare from 2002-04, and became just the third filly to be named Horse of the Year in 2002. In a four-year career, Azeri won 17 of 24 races, with four seconds and more than $4 million in purse earnings. Eleven of her victories came in Grade 1 stakes, none bigger than her wire-to-wire, five-length victory in the 2002 Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Arlington Park.

Bred and owned by aerospace magnate Allen Paulson, who died before ever seeing his champion race, Azeri was named for an aviation checkpoint in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. Between March 2002 and August 2003, Azeri won 11 consecutive races, all in graded stakes, eight of them Grade 1. The highest-earning female in history when retired in 2004, she was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2010.

Replay

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  • 2002 Longines Distaff

Breeders’ Cup Record

Breeders’ Cup Races Won

2002 Distaff

Lifetime Stats

StartsWinsPlaceShowEarnings

Previous Races

DateRaceGRFinish
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Pedigree

Azeri
Jade Hunter
Mr. Prospector
Raise a Native
Gold Digger
Jadana (IRE)
Pharly (FR)
Janina (IRE)
Zodiac Miss (AUS)
Ahonoora (GB)
Lorenzaccio
Helen Nichols
Capricornia (IRE)
Try My Best
Franconia (AUS)

Career Highlights

May 6, 1998
Foaled in Kentucky
March 10, 2002
Begins 11-race win streak finishing first in the Santa Margarita Invitational Handicap at Santa Anita, her first of 11 Grade 1 victories
October 26, 2002
Captures Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Arlington Park to clinch Horse of the Year honors
October 10, 2004
Wins final stakes in the Grade 1 Spinster at Keeneland
1998
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
May 6, 1998
Foaled in Kentucky

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