By Horse Racing Nation
Sharp Azteca won last Saturday’s Grad 1 Cigar Mile by 5 1/4 lengths, but his margin of victory in HorseRacingNation.com‘s Horse of the Week Poll was wider.
Owned by Ivan Rodriguez and trained by Jorge Navarro, the son of Freud collected 67 percent of the vote in a poll of HRN readers, with Grade 2 Remsen winner Catholic Boy (23 percent) and Grade 2 Demoiselle winner Wonder Gadot (5 percent) the next most-popular picks.
The Cigar marked Sharp Azteca’s first Grade 1 score after runner-up finishes in three other tries at that level. It should also propel him on to an entry in the $16 million Pegasus World Cup to take on Gun Runner and other top dirt horses in training.
Photo credits Adam Coglianese