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Azeri Stakes

Grade III race
Azeri Stakes
Location Oaklawn Park Race Track
Hot Springs, Arkansas, United States
Inaugurated 1987
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website www.oaklawn.com
Race information
Distance 11/16 miles (8.5 furlongs)
Track Dirt, left-handed
Qualification Fillies & Mares, four-years-old & up
Weight Assigned
Purse $100,000 guaranteed plus $71,500
from the Breeders' Cup Fund

The Azeri Stakes is an American Grade III Thoroughbred horse race held annually in early March at Oaklawn Park Race Track in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Open to Fillies & Mares age four and older, it is contested on dirt over a distance of 11/16 miles (8.5 furlongs).

Inaugurated in 1987, through 2004 it was known as the Oaklawn Breeders' Cup Stakes. It was renamed in 2005 to honor Azeri, the American Horse of the Year of 2002, and the American Champion Older Female Horse three years running: 2002, 2003, and 2004.


Speed record:

  • 1:42.01 - Sister Act (1999)

Most wins:

  • 2 - Halo America (1995, 1997)
  • 2 - Heritage of Gold (2000, 2001)

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

  • 3 - Bobby C. Barnett (1994, 1995, 1997)

Most wins by an owner:

  • 3 - John A. Franks (1994, 1995, 1997)








2010 Freedom Star 4 Calvin Borel Bob Baffert George Krikorian 1:44.09
2009 Acoma 4 Julien Leparoux David M. Carroll Helen Alexander/Helen Groves 1:42.55
2008 Hystericalady 5 Robby Albarado Jerry Hollendorfer Rancho San Miguel et al. 1:43.86
2007 India 4 Chris DeCarlo Todd Pletcher Lyon Stables 1:44.37
2006 Round Pond 4 Stewart Elliott John Servis Fox Hill Farms 1:43.93
2005 Injustice 4 Luis Quinonez Wayne A. Catalano Turf Express/D & E Yates 1:43.40
2004 Golden Sonata 5 Carlos Marquez, Jr. Morris Nicks James C. Spence 1:44.32
2003 Bien Nicole 5 Don Pettinger Donnie Von Hemel John & Kristine Richter 1:44.19
2002 Ask Me No Secrets 4 Mike E. Smith David Hofmans Earl H. Shultz 1:44.56
2001 Heritage of Gold 6 Robby Albarado Thomas M. Amoss Jack Garey 1:44.20
2000 Heritage of Gold 5 Shane Sellers Thomas M. Amoss Jack Garey 1:44.15
1999 Sister Act 4 Calvin Borel John W. Jacobs Choctaw Racing/E. Taylor 1:42.01
1998 Turn To The Queen 5 Timothy Doocy Kenny Smith K.K. & V. Jayaraman 1:44.76
1997 Halo America 7 Calvin Borel Bobby C. Barnett John A. Franks 1:42.18
1996 Belle of Cozzene 4 Don Pettinger Steve Hobby John & Barbara Smicklas 1:43.32
1995 Halo America 5 Weldon Cloninger Bobby C. Barnett John A. Franks 1:42.59
1994 Morning Meadow 4 Shane Romero Bobby C. Barnett John A. Franks 1:44.60
1993 Guiza 6 Corey Nakatani Robert J. Frankel Robert Witt 1:44.79
1992 Cuddles 4 David Guillory D. Wayne Lukas Overbrook Farm 1:43.82
1991 A Wild Ride 4 Pat Day D. Wayne Lukas Zenya Yoshida 1:42.31
1990 A Penny Is A Penny 5 Aaron Gryder Steven Morguelan David L. Levitch 1:43.60
1989 Savannah's Honor 4 Jerry Bailey Richard J. Lundy Allen E. Paulson 1:45.00
1988 Ms. Margi 4 Jerry Bailey Philip M. Hauswald Edward A. Cox, Jr. 1:42.20
1987 North Sider 5 Angel Cordero, Jr. D. Wayne Lukas Lukas & Paul Paternostro 1:42.20



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