With news this week that the last two female Horses of the Year, Rachel
Alexandra and Zenyatta, had both made their first trips to the breeding shed,
trainer Danny Peitz anxiously peers down his shedrow at one product of a
high-powered female champion as Azeri's second foal ARIENZA (Giant's Causeway)
is nearing a career debut at Oaklawn Park.
"I only hope that she's half as good as her mom," said Peitz of the
three-year-old filly out of the Hall of Fame racemare. She is owned by Robert
and Lawana Low, Peitz's main clients.
Peitz knows the chances of living up to her mother's record will be a tall
order. Azeri won Horse of the Year after nailing the 2002 Breeders' Cup Distaff
(G1) and scored in the Apple Blossom H. (G1) three straight years, earning an
Eclipse Award each season as champion older mare from 2002-04. She topped $4
million in earnings while going 17-for-24 over her career.