Arazi was a Thoroughbred racehorse from France that won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile in 1991. He was born on March 4, 1989, in the United States.
He was 32 years old.
Arazi, a chestnut colt with a crooked white blaze on his face (like his grandsire, Northern Dancer), was a petite Thoroughbred colt at 15.2 hands (62 inches, 157 cm).
He was bred by Ralph C. Wilson Jr., owner of the NFL Buffalo Bills, and purchased as a weanling for $350,000 by American businessman Allen E. Paulson at the Keeneland Sales in Kentucky.
Paulson named the horse after the Arazi aeronautical navigational checkpoint in the Arizona desert, where he is chairman of Gulfstream Aerospace and a pilot. Paulson had racing stables in both the United States and Europe, so he shipped Arazi to France, where he was trained by François Boutin.
Arazi was retired to Dalham Hall Stud in Newmarket, England, where Sheikh Mohammed runs a horse-breeding enterprise. Sheik Mohammed later bought Allen Paulson’s half-share and sent Arazi to Three Chimneys Farm in Kentucky, before sending him to a Japanese breeder in 1997.
In 2003, he relocated to the Independent Stallion Station in Victoria, Australia. Arazi spent a season at Gestut Sohrenhof in Switzerland before returning to Independent Stallion Station in 2006. He sired Karzai, a gray colt who won three races in France before heading to Del Mar for the 2007 season.
Arazi, 28, was said to be enjoying his retirement at Stockwell Stud in Victoria in September 2017, alongside Brief Truce, the horse who defeated him in the 1992 St James’s Palace Stakes.
Arazi, who was 32 years old at the time, died of age-related problems on July 1, 2021.
Stockwell issued a statement announcing Arazi’s death in Australia, saying: “It is with immense sadness that Stockwell Thoroughbreds announce the passing of one of the racing world’s most revered champions, Arazi, at the grand age of 32 years.
“The little chestnut with a crooked blaze that made him almost instantly recognisable, captured the minds of racing people around the globe, when in 1991 he produced one of the most memorable performances seen on a racetrack in coming from last to take out the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile by an easing five-length margin.”
“Farewell to our mate – you were indeed a superstar.”
Stockwell’s Mike Becker said: “It has been an honour never lost on us to have been guardians to such a beloved horse.
“He had major bowel surgery as a four-year-old and has lived with a major heart murmur for the past 16 years, but in the end it was his body that gave out, not his big heart. He will be very missed around here.”
Our thoughts and condolences are with all those who loved him.
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