Azeri Stakes

Midnight Bisou Noses Out Very Game Escape Clause In Apple Blossom

Bloom Racing Stable, Madaket Stable, and Allen Racing’s Midnight Bisou had to work hard as the 4-5 favorite in the stretch of Sunday’s Grade 1 Apple Blossom, fending off a determined drive from 8-1 chance Escape Clause. Under Hall of Fame rider Mike Smith, Midnight Bisou hit the wire a nose ahead of her rival […]

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Midnight Bisou Bullish To Defeat Elate In Azeri

Bloom Racing Stable, Madaket Stable and Allen Racing’s Midnight Bisou was impressive in Saturday’s Grade 2 Azeri Stakes at Oaklawn Park, waiting for racing room until nearly the eighth pole and then bursting up the rail to best multiple G1 winner and even-money favorite Elate by three-quarters of a length. A 4-year-old daughter of Midnight […]

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Weekend Lineup: Rebel Double

This weekend’s slate of racing sees Oaklawn Park take center stage in hosting two divisions of the Grade 2 Rebel Stakes as well as a salty edition of the Grade 2 Azeri Stakes. Live television coverage of both editions of the Rebel will anchor a 2 1/2-hour broadcast of “Fox Sports Saturday At the Races […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Fed Ex, A Leap Of Faith And A ‘Martini’

Trainer Keith Nations and his stable star Martini Glass were quickly dismissed when Nations entered the daughter of Kitalpha in her first graded stakes race last summer. It was the G1 Delaware Handicap, and champion Songbird drew all the attention. To the surprise of many racing fans, Martini Glass gave Songbird a run for her […]

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Streamline Aims For Title Defense In Saturday’s Azeri

A well-matched field of eight, including defending champion Streamline, is entered in the $350,000 Azeri Stakes (G2) for older fillies and mares Saturday at Oaklawn. Probable post time for the 1 1/16-mile Azeri, which goes as the ninth of 10 races, is 5:32 p.m. (Central). The Azeri is the final major local prep for the $700,000 Apple Blossom Handicap […]

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Rags-To-Riches: Former Claimer Martini Glass Aims For Azeri Stakes At Oaklawn

The rags-to-riches story of multiple stakes winner Martini Glass is scheduled to continue in the $350,000 Azeri Stakes (G2) for older fillies and mares March 17 at Oaklawn, co-owner/trainer Keith Nations said Thursday afternoon. Martini Glass had been under consideration for the $225,000 Hillsborough Stakes (G2), a 1 1/8-mile grass race Saturday at Tampa Bay Downs, before Nations opted for the […]

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Stellar Wind Flying Into Oaklawn For Apple Blossom Handicap

Hronis Racing LLC’s champion Stellar Wind is scheduled to arrive Tuesday afternoon from Southern California and will make her 5-year-old debut in Friday’s $600,000 Apple Blossom Handicap (G1). It will be her first race since finishing four in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff Nov. 4. “We gave her a vacation after the Breeders’ Cup, and with […]

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‘Special’ Azeri Winner Streamline Will Point For Apple Blossom

Streamline will be pointed for the $600,000 Apple Blossom Handicap (G1) for older fillies and mares April 14 at Oaklawn, trainer Brian Williamson said Sunday morning. The five-year-old mare provided Williamson his biggest career victory with a one-length decision over Eskenformoney in Saturday’s $350,000 Azeri Stakes (G2) at 1 1/16 miles. The Azeri is the […]

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Streamline Speeds Away With Surprise Azeri Victory

Nancy A. Vanier and William Cartwright’s Streamline was the surprise winner of Saturday’s Grade 2 Azeri Stakes, crossing the wire about a length in front at odds of 12-1 on the tote board. The 5-year-old daughter of Straight Line was near the lead throughout under Chris Landeros, and completed the 1 1/16-mile distance over Oaklawn […]

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Weekend Lineup: Strong Rebel Lineup Stars At Oaklawn

A slightly lighter graded stakes schedule greets racing fans this Saturday, but the quality is certainly not lacking in the lone Kentucky Derby prep race on the docket Saturday. The G2 Rebel Stakes offers 50 points to the winner, and a total of 11 sophomores plan to line up in the starting gate at Oaklawn […]

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