Azeri is one of only six fillies ever to win Horse of the Year honors, and the only female to earn three Eclipse Awards as champion older mare (2002, 2003 and 2004). During four seasons of racing, Azeri won 17 of 24 starts, including 14 graded stakes, and amassed earnings of $4,079,820. Among her 11 Grade 1 victories were wins in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff, Apple Blossom Handicap (three times), Vanity Handicap (twice), Milady Breeders’ Cup (twice), and Juddmonte Spinster Stakes.
“Azeri is truly a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ mare, and the fact that she is in foal to Ghostzapper, another Horse of the Year, makes her even more special,” said Geoffrey Russell, Keeneland’s director of sales. “Keeneland has enjoyed a long and fruitful relationship with the Paulson family, and we are honored to have the opportunity to offer Azeri in the January Sale.”
Keeneland has cataloged a total of 2,379 horses for the January Sale, including 986 broodmares, 834 yearlings, 543 horses of racing age and 16 stallions. Catalogs will be available on Keeneland’s website beginning December 8. Print catalogs will be mailed the week of December 22.
Broodmares in-foal to such leading sires as Afleet Alex, Any Given Saturday, Aragorn (IRE), Arch, Awesome Again, Bernardini, Bernstein, Bluegrass Cat, Distorted Humor, Dynaformer, Elusive Quality, Forestry, Ghostzapper, Giant’s Causeway, Gone West, Hard Spun, Henny Hughes, Lion Heart, Malibu Moon, Medaglia d’Oro, Mineshaft, Mr. Greeley, Rock Hard Ten, Rockport Harbor, Seeking the Gold, Smart Strike, Speightstown, Street Sense, Tapit, and Tiznow, among others, will be offered.
Also cataloged in January are horses of racing age representing such prominent stallions as Afleet Alex, Aragorn (IRE), Arch, Awesome Again, Bernstein, Bluegrass Cat, Candy Ride (ARG), Cherokee Run, El Corredor, Elusive Quality, Empire Maker, First Samurai, Forestry, Ghostzapper, Giant’s Causeway, Gone West, Harlan’s Holiday, Henny Hughes, Lemon Drop Kid, Lion Heart, Malibu Moon, Medaglia d’Oro, Mineshaft, More Than Ready, Proud Citizen, Rock Hard Ten, Rockport Harbor, Sky Mesa, Smart Strike, Smarty Jones, Street Cry (IRE), Tapit, and Tiznow, among others.
The January Sale counts among its graduates such 2008 stakes winners as Belmont (G1) winner Da’ Tara; Thoroughbred Club of America (G3) winner Indyanne; Las Palmas Handicap (G2) winner Roshani; Arlington Oaks (G3) winner Sky Mom; Black-Eyed Susan (G2) winner Sweet Vendetta; Kentucky Cup Juvenile (G3) winner West Side Bernie; and Robert F. Carey Memorial (G3) winner Wise River.