(foaled May 6, 1998 in Versailles, Kentucky
) is an American Hall of Fame champion thoroughbred racehorse
who was 2002 US Horse of the Year and Champion Older Female from 2002 to 2004.
Azeri was bred and owned by Allen E. Paulson, who named her for an aviation checkpoint in Baku, Azerbaijan. She was sired by Jade Hunter (winner of the Grade 1 Donn Handicap
and the G1 Gulfstream Park Handicap
), who was a son of Mr. Prospector
. Azeri is the only starter out of the Ahonoora mare Zodiac Miss, who was bred in Australia by John Messara's Arrowfield Stud. She is a descendant of the family of 1999 Breeders' Cup Mile
(FR). Australian bloodstock agents Brian King and James Bester (with California-based agent Denny Boultinghouse) recommended Zodiac Miss to Paulson, and the filly was shipped to US to race for her new owner. At the end of her racing career, Paulson sent Zodiac Miss to the breeding shed. Paulson was an aerospace magnate (Gulfstream Aerospace) whose global investments included racehorses, casinos, and oil exploration. He also bred and raced Cigar
(Horse of the Year in 1995 and 1996), who ranks #2 on the North American all-time money-earners' list. Azeri was a buyback for $110,000 at the 1999 Keeneland September yearling sale
from the consignment of Jonabell Farm.
Originally trained by Simon Bray, Allen Paulson's son Michael (whose father... Read More