Oct 18 2017

By Breeders’ Cup

The speed of the speed in the Dirt Mile, Sharp Azteca is a safe bet to be in front for some portion of the race. What remains to be seen is how much pressure he gets and whether he can carry that speed all the way to the wire.

“I’ve got him where I want him,” trainer Jorge Navarro said. “He’s ready and we have no excuses this time.”

The 4yo won July’s Monmouth Cup at 1 1/6m by more than seven lengths and now under consideration for the richest race, the $16 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational, at 1 1/8m in January at Gulfstream Park.

“We’re going to try to go longer with him,” Navarro said. “After that race at Monmouth – he broke the track record – If everything goes good we might try the Pegasus. Everything has to go right Friday. But the way he’s training, the way he’s eating, he knows what’s going to happen.”

“After I watched that race at Monmouth I thought, why not?” Navarro said. “Gulfstream is his home base and we have time. So that’s our plan but if it doesn’t happen there are a lot of races out there for him and we can go back to Dubai and try to win that (the $1 million Godolphin Mile, where was third in March) again.”

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