BreederCloyce C. Clark Jr.
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.
|No Replay Available||November 03, 2017||Las Vegas Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile||DEL MAR||1|
|No Replay Available||September 23, 2017||Kelso H.||BELMONT PARK||2|
|No Replay Available||July 30, 2017||Monmouth Cup S.||MONMOUTH PARK||3|
|No Replay Available||June 10, 2017||Mohegan Sun Metropolitan H.||BELMONT PARK||1|
|No Replay Available||March 25, 2017||Godolphin Mile Sponsored By Meydan Sobha||MEYDAN RACECOURSE||2|
|No Replay Available||February 11, 2017||Hardacre Mile Gulfstream Park H.||GULFSTREAM PARK||2|
|No Replay Available||December 26, 2016||Malibu S.||SANTA ANITA PARK||1|
|No Replay Available||November 19, 2016||City of Laurel S.||LAUREL PARK|
|No Replay Available||August 06, 2016||Super Derby Prelude S.||LOUISIANA DOWNS|
|No Replay Available||June 11, 2016||Woody Stephens S.||BELMONT PARK||2|
|No Replay Available||May 07, 2016||Pat Day Mile S.||CHURCHILL DOWNS||3|
|No Replay Available||April 03, 2016||GULFSTREAM PARK|
|No Replay Available||February 20, 2016||GULFSTREAM PARK|
|No Replay Available||January 16, 2016||GULFSTREAM PARK|
|No Replay Available||December 05, 2015||GULFSTREAM PARK|