Her favorite horses are Manila and Sunday Silence. She gave up pre-med studies at the University of Kentucky to attend school in Louisville "after I started skipping classes and going to the races at Keeneland," she said. "I figured out then that my future was in horse racing, and not medicine."
Arazi is the fifth 2-year-old in history to be assigned 130 pounds the Experimental Free Handicap.
The Experimental is an assessment of how the current crop of juveniles that either won or placed in graded or non-restricted stakes would be rated in a handicap at 1 1/16 miles.
The other four 130-pound assignments, since the Experimental was started in 1933, went to Bimelech (1939), Alsab (1941), Native Dancer (1953) and Bold Lad (1964).
Maryland-breds did not fare too well this year. Highest-weighted filly, at 113 pounds, is Deputation, owned by Stuart Janney III of Glyndon. Deputation won the Tempted Stakes at Aqueduct and is trained by Shug McGaughey.
The highest-weighted Maryland-bred colt, at 111 pounds, is Older But Smarter, who is trained locally by Paul Seefeldt. Other Maryland-breds on the list include fillies My Sweet Alesia, Suspect Terrain, Luramore, Sweet Willa, Anacreontic and Peaceful Road and the colt Sweep Of Daylight.
Such aces as More Paces, Coolin It and Star Minister were not weighted because their wins came in restricted stakes.