2018/11/02 12:25
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Sharp Azteca

Race strategy is simple for Sharp Azteca — go to the lead and stay there. The plan worked again when he cruised to a four-length victory in the Kelso Handicap September 23 at Belmont Park.

“(Jockey) Paco Lopez knows the way I am with him,” trainer Jorge Navarro said immediately after the Kelso. “You have to go. He can get lazy.”

Whatever laziness Sharp Azteca may harbor is certainly not reflected in his resume that boasts a steady stream of victories, a near perfect record for finishing among the top three and a bankroll of over $1 million. He running style makes the job easy for Lopez, who commented after the Kelso that Sharp Azteca was ready for more at the right time.

“He got the leap out front and I let him go (to the lead),” he said. “He was very comfortable. I waited as long as I wanted and when I asked him, he ran very good. He’s a very good horse. Anybody could ride that horse.”

Sharp Azteca was non-descript at the 2014 Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s August yearling sale where he was sold for $35,000. He blossomed under saddle and was a head-turner when he reappeared at the same venue the following April. The final bid that day was $220,000.

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Previous Races

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November 03, 2017Las Vegas Breeders' Cup Dirt MileDEL MAR1
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September 23, 2017Kelso H.BELMONT PARK2
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July 30, 2017Monmouth Cup S.MONMOUTH PARK3
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June 10, 2017Mohegan Sun Metropolitan H.BELMONT PARK1
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March 25, 2017Godolphin Mile Sponsored By Meydan SobhaMEYDAN RACECOURSE2
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February 11, 2017Hardacre Mile Gulfstream Park H.GULFSTREAM PARK2
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December 26, 2016Malibu S.SANTA ANITA PARK1
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November 19, 2016City of Laurel S.LAUREL PARK
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August 06, 2016Super Derby Prelude S.LOUISIANA DOWNS
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June 11, 2016Woody Stephens S.BELMONT PARK2
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May 07, 2016Pat Day Mile S.CHURCHILL DOWNS3
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April 03, 2016 GULFSTREAM PARK
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February 20, 2016 GULFSTREAM PARK
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January 16, 2016 GULFSTREAM PARK
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December 05, 2015 GULFSTREAM PARK