2015 Azeri

Azeri Stakes at Oaklawn

UntapableIt is time to preview the Grade 2 Azeri Stakes for fillies and mares four years old and up going 1 1/16 miles for a purse of $300,000. The morning line favorite is the number one Steve Asmussen’s  Untapable with John Velazquez in the irons. I don’t usually like the favorites, but I feel like this one is the real deal. She is coming in here fresh off of a layoff since October, but she has proven to be a hard filly to beat. She normally comes just off the pace and I think she will do that here. One thing that could possibly be held against her is that she does not have the retired Rosie Napravnik to guide her. But I don’t think it matters who is on board with this horse. Second in the ML is Daniel Peitz’s Mufajaah with Emmanuel Esquivel in the saddle. She has been down to the claimers, but as of late she won a Grade 3 here at Oaklawn. She likes to come from behind, well off the pace. She is a lightly raced four year old and has won five out of twelve races, so we don’t really know how good she is. However, I don’t believe on her best day that she could run with Untapable.

Flashy AmericanThird choice in the morning line is Kenneth McPeek’s Flashy American with Chris Landeros up. Even though she came from off the pace last time out, she can be closer to the lead if it is warranted. She has plenty of graded stakes experience and it would be a surprise if she didn’t run a big race in here. So can anyone in here outrun the magnificent Untapable? She is quite a horse, but she can be beat. She has not been out in quite a while, but she has been working nicely at the Fair Grounds. I am certain that the public will be all over her in this one, so you could get some value out of one or two of the others and if somehow Untapable comes up short and runs third or something, the payoffs could be outstanding. That being said I just can’t see any one of these horses coming near her on her best day. I will say that Untapable will win it with Flashy American second and Sugar Shock will run third after having the lead for most of the way. Happy Horse Picking Gals and Guys!



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