Martini Glass strides away to win Azeri Stakes at Oaklawn Park

By Christine Oser
March 17, 2018 07:07pm
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Photo: Coady Photography

Martini Glass proved much the best in Saturday’s Grade 2, $350,000 Azeri Stakes at Oaklawn Park, striding away to win by open lengths. And the 5-year-old mare appears to keep improving with age.

Last month she picked up her first graded stakes win in Gulfstream Park’s Grade 3 Royal Delta Stakes and accomplished a step up in class for the Azeri victory.

Trainer Keith Nations felt it was probably the best race yet for Martini Glass.

“She loves to run,
 said Nations. She loves to train. She does everything with a lot of enthusiasm. I can just tell she's getting better.”

Ridden by Paco Lopez, Martini Glass settled in fourth as Farrell and Terra Promessa went out to lead the field. Actress broke a step slow and sat in sixth. Farrell led the opening fractions in :23.15, :46.92 and 1:11.23, but her lead was threatened turning for home.

Actress was finding her stride mid turn, but it was no match for Martini Glass, who overtook Farrell with ease. The daughter of Kitalpha drew off to a clear victory, completing the 1 1/16 miles in 1:42.95.

“The first thing is I loved my position today on the outside,
” said Lopez. Her domination was great, the trainer did so great. I put on the reign during the first turn and I had perfect position. I didn’t have trouble or anything. She is a really nice horse. 

Actress got up for second while Farrell held for third. Tiger Moth, Terra Promessa, Sandy's Surprise, Blue Prize and Streamline completed the order of finish.

Martini Glass was twice runner-up in Grade 1 company last year, finishing behind Songbird in the Delaware Handicap and Romantic Vision in the Juddmonte Spinster. Her first stakes win came in the Claiming Crown Tiara Stakes in December before she beat Lewis Bay in the Royal Delta two starts later. The Azeri improved her record to 23:10-5-2 and boosted her earnings to $863,675.

Another Grade 1 attempt could be next for Martini Glass, possibly meeting Unique Bella in the Apple Blossom Stakes April 13 at Oaklawn Park.


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