Azeri (Jade Hunter x Zodiac Miss) was inducted into the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame on August 13, 2010.
Michael Paulson accepted the honors for Azeri.
Owned by the late aerospace executive Allen E. Paulson in Kentucky and campaigned by his heir J. Michael Paulson, Azeri was voted Horse of the Year in 2002 (the third female winner ever at that time).
Azeri’s racing trainers included Laurade Seroux and D. Wayne Lukas.
With 24 starts in her four-year racing career (from 2001 to 2004), Azeri racked up a 17-4-0 record and a career earnings total of $4,079,820.
Top wins for Azeri included the following Thoroughbred horse races:
- Apple Blossom Handicap
- Breeders’ Cup Distaff
- Clement L. Hirsch Handicap
- Go for Wand Handicap
- Lady’s Secret Breeders’ Cup Handicap
- Milady Breeders’ Cup Handicap
- Santa Margarita Invitational Handicap
- Spinster Stakes
- Vanity Handicap
Azeri currently resides at Hill ‘n’ Dale Farm, of Lexington, Kentucky, serving as a broodmare (along with Behaving Badly, Lady Tak, Madcap Escapade, Quendom, Silverbulletday and Zaftig).
About the National Museum of Racing’s 2010 Hall of Fame ceremony
The official National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame ceremony was held at the newly rebuilt Fasig-Tipton Humphrey S. Finney Sales Pavilion, located in Saratoga Springs, New York. Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens served as keynote speaker for the public event, which was telecast live on the HRTV cable network.
Also inducted into the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame on August 13, 2010, were the following Thoroughbred horse racing legends:
- Randy Romero, jockey
- Don Pierce, jockey
- Michael Ernest “Buster” Millerick, trainer
- Best Pal, Thoroughbred racehorse
- Point Given, Thoroughbred racehorse
- Harry Bassett, Thoroughbred racehorse
Hall of Famers attending the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame ceremony included:
- Bob Baffert, trainer
- Bill Boland, jockey
- Angel Cordero, Jr., jockey
- Pat Day, jockey
- Kent Desormeaux, jockey
- Neil Drysdale, trainer
- Earlie Fires, jockey
- Allen Jerkens, trainer
- LeRoy Jolley, trainer
- Tommy Kelly, trainer
- D. Wayne Lukas, trainer
- Shug McGaughey, trainer
- Bill Mott, trainer
- Carl Nafzger, trainer
- Edgar Prado, jockey
- Jonathan Sheppart, trainer
- Ron Turcotte, jockey
- Nick Zito, trainer
Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear, former Kentucky Governor Brereton Jones and former Kentucky First Lady Libby Jones were also present at the August 13th event.
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