Updated on 09/17/2011 11:32AM

Got Koko upsets Azeri in Lady's Secret

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Jockey Alex Solis guides Got Koko to victory in the Grade 2, $300,000 Lady's Secret Breeders' Cup Handicap at Santa Anita's Oak Tree meeting.

ARCADIA, Calif. - In the 1960's and 1970's, it was trainer Allen Jerkens who deservedly earned the nickname "The Giant Killer." In the 1990's and into this century, it has been passed to jockey Alex Solis.

Solis, who stopped Cigar's 16-race win streak the 1996 Pacific Classic at Del Mar, ended Azeri's 11-race win streak on Sunday when guiding Got Koko to victory in the Grade 2, $300,000 at Santa Anita's Oak Tree meeting.

Cigar was owned by Allen Paulson, and Azeri is owned by the late Paulson's estate.

The loss for Azeri was only the second of her 16-race career, and her first since Feb. 9, 2002. Both of her losses have occurred at Santa Anita, where she has won four times.

Azeri actually crossed the wire third, but was moved up to second on the disqualification of Elloluv, who was moved from second back to fourth after the stewards adjudged that she had interfered in the stretch with the original fourth-place finisher, Adoration.

Got Koko rallied from last to first in the six-horse field to win by a half-length over Elloluv, who finished 1 3/4 lengths in front of Azeri. Got Koko was timed in 1:42.92 for 1 1/16 miles on a track baked fast on a warm, humid afternoon.

The victory was the seventh in 13 starts for Got Koko, who swept the three-race La Canada Series at Santa Anita earlier this year. She has won five times in seven starts at Santa Anita for trainer Bruce Headley, whose wife, Aase(CQ), owns Got Koko in partnership with Paul Leung.

Got Koko had finished second to Azeri in Del Mar's Clement Hirsch Handicap on Aug. 10. That was Got Koko's first start in five months. She improved off that race, and benefited by a huge break in the weights, carrying 10 pounds fewer (128-118) than Azeri.

Azeri broke a bit slowly, and did not show her customary early speed. She was fifth for the first three-quarters of a mile. Jockey Mike Smith urged Azeri to move after the leaders on the turn, but she never displayed her usual acceleration.

"That wasn't her," Smith said. "She galloped out good after the race and acted like she was ready now, but it was a little too late. The only thing that was unusual is that she was real quiet in the post parade. She's usually on her toes."

Michael Paulson, who manages the Allen Paulson Living Trust that owns Azeri, was not happy with Smith's ride.

"She's a front-runner with quick early fractions. It was so slow. He," Paulson said, referring to Smith, "should have took(CQ) her out early."

On Monday, Laura de Seroux, who trains Azeri, said that Azeri had bled in the race, and that as a precautionary measure Azeri would be sent to a veterinary clinic for a thorough physical examination.