Sep 23 2017

By Mary LaRue – BloodHorse

Sharp Azteca went straight to the lead and never turned back to capture the $300,000 Kelso Handicap (G2) going one mile over the main track Sept. 23 at Belmont Park.

The 4-year-old Freud colt, trained by Jorge Navarro for owner Ivan Rodriguez, broke sharply under jockey Paco Lopez and set fractions of :23.50, :46.48, and 1:10.24 through the first six furlongs, pushed along much of the way by Bird Song.

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