Feb 28 2018

By Dubai Racing Club / Michael Adolphson

GODOLPHIN MILE: Sharp Azteca Has the Edge – Once again, America’s speedy Sharp Azteca appears so tough that it will take a super-performance –or a super-weird set of circumstances, like last year– to beat him in the $1 million Godolphin Mile (G2). This year, the son of Freud appropriately appears a more psychologically sound prospect, having learned to rate beautifully and pounce on his prey with an explosive turn-of-foot in the final 300m. The nearly black charge, trained by Jorge Navarro, enters off a disappointing off-the-board finish in the $16 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) in late January.

“He’s ready for the race and he was ready for the Pegasus (World Cup Invitational),” Navarro said. “He was one of the horses that I took over (to the race last time) and absolutely everything was right, but then everything in the race just turned the other way and he never had a chance to show who he is. He’s a great horse. Whether he can go that far (1800m), I’m not sure, but that race did not tell us.

“(Jockey) Irad Ortiz (Jr.) worked him the other day and said he was ready,” Navarro said. “He galloped out (to 1200m after working 1000m in a bullet 58.80) in 1:10. We will just turn the page with him. He didn’t have any luck (in the Pegasus) and we will hope for the best at Meydan.”


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