Grade 1 winner Sharp Azteca, who had been pointing to the March 26 Godolphin Mile sponsored by Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum City-District One (G2), will forego that race and instead get some time off, according to trainer Jorge Navarro.
“We don’t want to take the chance,” Navarro said in a call from Dubai, noting that the 5-year-old son of Freud seems off. “The horse is first. It’s not about the race. We’ve got to run horses when they’re doing good. For him to win the race, he must be on his ‘A’ game.
“I didn’t feel that he came back right from the last workout. I wasn’t happy with the way he came back home and, he’s been going hard for the last three years. I think this is the time…we made a decision and said, ‘You know what, we’re gonna give him the 45 days, 30 days then bring him back.”
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