Headlines

Monday, September 05, 2016
Kaleem Shah got his first and Bob Baffert his record 13th Del Mar Futurity (G1) victory on Monday with an overwhelming 4 1/4-length win...
Monday, September 05, 2016
Kaleem Shah's homebred 4-year-old Power Jam lived up to his name in his first stakes start on Monday, scoring by 1 1/2-lengths in the Pirate's Bounty S...
Sunday, August 28, 2016
Drefong made his stakes debut in Saturday's $500,000 King's Bishop S. (G1) and came away with a stellar 3 1/4-length victory in 1:21.25...
 
Freedom Star gate to wire in Oaklawn's Azeri
Sunday, March 07, 2010

The Bob Baffert-trained Freedom Star led every step of the way in the $150,000 Azeri (G3) to take the 24th running of the 1 1/16-mile race for older fillies and mares at Oaklawn Park on Mar. 6.

This race marked several firsts for the 4-year-old daughter of Street Cry (IRE): Her first stakes victory; first start outside of California; first race on a dirt track; and first time ridden by Calvin Borel. Breaking from post one, Borel hustled Freedom Star right to the front, maintained the lead through sensible fractions, repelled some mild challenges on the turn, then drew off to a 3 3/4-length winning margin.

Though this was a breakthrough race of sorts for Freedom Star, she was not without credentials going into the race (she was second choice at $2.80-1). Two starts back, she finished third in the El Encino (G2) at Santa Anita on Jan. 17.

For Baffert it marked two consecutive wire-to-wire stakes scores at Oaklawn.  He sent out Conveyance to capture the Southwest S. (G3) on February 15 in the same fashion.

The Azeri marked Freedom Star's fourth win in nine starts, with total earnings of $197,160 for owner George Krikorian.


Baffert 2013