By Blood Horse Staff
Gelfenstein Farm’s multiple graded stakes winner Sharp Azteca turned in a six-furlong breeze Nov. 25 at Gulfstream Park West, his final work ahead of the $750,000 Cigar Mile Handicap presented by NYRA Bets (G1) Dec. 2 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
New York-based jockey Javier Castellano flew to South Florida for the early-morning move, and guided the 4-year-old Freud colt through six furlongs in 1:13. Immediately after the work Castellano caught a flight to California for riding engagements at Del Mar, but trainer Jorge Navarro said his conversation with the Hall of Fame rider yielded nothing but accolades for the Las Vegas Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) runner-up.
“He’s not the type of guy that says much, but he sounded impressed with the horse,” Navarro said. “We didn’t have much time to talk right after, but he called me from the airport and he told me he really liked him. He’s never been on him before, that was their first date, and he was very, very pleased with how the horse worked. We know each other from South Florida and we have a pretty good relationship, and it makes everything so much easier for me to hear that from a jockey like Javier Castellano.”