Favorite Horses: Azeri
Before Rachel, Zenyatta, and Havre de Grace made fillies winning Horse of the Year seem commonplace, there was Azeri. Back in 2002 a female horse hadn’t been horse of the year since 1986’s Lady’s Secret - and before her only All Along(83), Moccasin(65), Busher(45), Twilight Tear(44), Regret(15), and Beldame(04) had been voted or considered the year’s champion over the last 100 years.
Azeri’s 2002 and 2003 campaigns were a sight to behold. She won 11 straight G1 and G2 races including the Breeders’ Cup Distaff. In total she hit the board 21 times in 24 races, with 12 G1 wins and 2 G2s. Her award shelf holds the 2004, 2003, and 2002 Champion Older Mare Eclipse, and the 2002 Horse of the Year.
As a broodmare Azeri’s best foal to date is Wine Princess, a G2 winner. All of her foals to race so far have been winners. Azeri currently lives as a broodmare in Japan.
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