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Keeneland Nov Day-1: US$2.25m Azeri
Meanwhile at the conclusion of Day-1 at Keeneland, Shunsuke Yoshida (acting for his father Katsumi Yoshida who owns Northern Farm in Japan) had paid top price of US$2.25 million for 11-year-old mare & 2002 US Horse-Of-The-Year Azeri (Jade Hunter-Zodiac Miss, by Ahonoora). Azeri (whose dam Zodiac Miss is an Australian-bred stakes-winner) was consigned by Hill 'n' Dale Sales Agency & is in-foal to former Grand Lodge Thoroughbreds shuttler Distorted Humor. Azeri (1 of only 6 fillies ever to win Horse-Of-The-Year honors & the only female to earn 3 Eclipse Awards as champion older mare: 2002, 2003 & 2004) was returning to the ring 11 months after she was bought-back (while in-foal to Ghostzapper) by the Allen Paulson Trust for US$4.4 million at the Keeneland January Horses-Of-All-Ages Sale.