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August 11, 2003 | Bob Mieszerski, Times Staff Writer
There was some drama to the $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Handicap here Sunday. Then, the gates opened and jockey Mike Smith maintained his place atop Azeri. Able to coast into the first turn with no pace pressure, the 3-10 favorite and reigning horse of the year made it 11 wins in a row with a 3 1/4-length victory over 4-1 second-choice Got Koko and three others in the Grade II.
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August 11, 2003 | Bob Mieszerski, Times Staff Writer
There was some drama to the $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Handicap here Sunday. Then, the gates opened and jockey Mike Smith maintained his place atop Azeri. Able to coast into the first turn with no pace pressure, the 3-10 favorite and reigning horse of the year made it 11 wins in a row with a 3 1/4-length victory over 4-1 second-choice Got Koko and three others in the Grade II.
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July 14, 2001 | DIANE PUCIN
Horse racing has accepted women into its heart and soul more easily than many other sports. The men of horse racing understood that a woman's soft hands and gentle voice could calm the brio of a 1,000-pound animal built of muscle and bone and strong will. Laura De Seroux considers herself lucky to be in horse racing.
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October 25, 2002 | Bill Christine, Times Staff Writer
The first racetrack job Laura de Seroux had was at a track in East St. Louis, Ill., that's not there anymore. Cahokia Downs, about 300 miles south of here, might not have been the ideal career launch for a college English major who was driving cross-country from California in her Volkswagen. For at Cahokia, you could leave after the night's last race and find your whole car, not just the hubcaps, missing. That's what's known as a bad night at the races.
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October 25, 2002 | Bill Christine, Times Staff Writer
The first racetrack job Laura de Seroux had was at a track in East St. Louis, Ill., that's not there anymore. Cahokia Downs, about 300 miles south of here, might not have been the ideal career launch for a college English major who was driving cross-country from California in her Volkswagen. For at Cahokia, you could leave after the night's last race and find your whole car, not just the hubcaps, missing. That's what's known as a bad night at the races.
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October 4, 2003
The great mare Azeri throws in a stinker after winning 11 consecutive races and her owner, Michael Paulson, castigates Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith and indirectly criticizes trainer Laura de Seroux on her choice of races. Obviously the class exhibited by the late Allen Paulson was not passed on to his son, as in 1996 when Cigar's remarkable streak came to an end at Del Mar, the late Mr. Paulson did not complain about Cigar's jockey (Hall of Famer Jerry Bailey) misjudging the pace and getting Cigar "cooked."
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April 28, 2003 | Bob Mieszerski
There was a happier ending for the connections of Dublino at Hollywood Park Sunday than the previous time. Dublino was disqualified from first and placed second in a controversial call in the inaugural American Oaks last July 6, but there was no inquiry involving the 4-year-old Lear Fan filly as she won the $111,000 Wilshire Handicap. Making her first start since finishing 10th of 12 in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf last Oct.
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July 3, 2003 | Bob Mieszerski
If Bobby Frankel is going to win the $750,000 American Oaks at Hollywood Park for a second year in a row, the country's top trainer is going to have to do it with a longshot. Frankel, who won the inaugural Oaks last year when Megahertz was moved up after the disqualification of Dublino, will be represented by Personal Legend in Saturday's race, which has drawn a field of 14. Owned by Ed Gann, the daughter of Awesome Again has a win and a second in two races over turf, both in Kentucky.
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December 25, 2003 | Bill Christine
Azeri, the 2002 horse of the year whose career was halted by an injury late this year, may return to training with Wayne Lukas, according to a report in the Daily Racing Form. Neither Mike Paulson, who owns Azeri, nor Lukas could be reached for comment. After Azeri's 11-race winning streak ended in September, the 5-year-old mare was preparing to run in the Breeders' Cup Distaff -- a race she won last year -- when a tendon injury sent her to the sidelines.
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October 3, 2002 | Bill Christine
Winning her sixth race in a row and ninth in 10 career starts, Azeri overwhelmed six rivals Wednesday to win the $217,500 Lady's Secret Handicap by 3 1/2 lengths as the Oak Tree Racing Assn. opened its 26-day meet at Santa Anita. Trainer Laura de Seroux said that Azeri would run next in the $2-million Breeders' Cup Distaff on Oct. 26 at Arlington Park, where she will carry equal weight of 126 pounds instead of spotting the opposition.
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July 14, 2001 | DIANE PUCIN
Horse racing has accepted women into its heart and soul more easily than many other sports. The men of horse racing understood that a woman's soft hands and gentle voice could calm the brio of a 1,000-pound animal built of muscle and bone and strong will. Laura De Seroux considers herself lucky to be in horse racing.
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March 9, 2005 | Bill Christine
Jeff Mullins, at the center of a firestorm at Santa Anita, has been fined $1,000 by stewards at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans after one of his horses tested positive for a prohibited medication. After Mighty Beau, a 6-year-old gelding trained by Mullins, finished second in the $100,000 Taylor's Special Handicap on Feb. 12, a test showed that there was ranitidine in his system. Ranitidine, an illegal race-day drug, is given to horses with ulcers.
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August 2, 2004 | Bill Christine
Azeri, leading almost all the way under Pat Day, beat the 3-5 favorite, Sightseek, by 1 3/4 lengths Sunday at Saratoga in the $250,000 Go For Wand Stakes to break the North American record for career purses by a female. Azeri earned $150,000 in the Grade I race to increase her total to $3,569,820. Spain, who was trained by Wayne Lukas, Azeri's trainer, earned $3,540,542 while running from 1999 to 2002.
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