Sharp Azteca Retired

Sharp Azteca winning the Cigar Mile | Sarah Andrew

Gelfenstein Farm's Grade I winner Sharp Azteca (Freud-So Sharp, by Saint Liam) has been retired from racing, according to a post on trainer Jorge Navarro's website. Capturing the GI Cigar Mile H. as one of four graded stakes victories last season, the dark bay hadn't raced since finishing eighth in the GI Pegasus World Cup Invitational Jan. 27 at Gulfstream. No decision has been made yet on where the 5-year-old will stand stud.

“It has been an honor for me to train a horse like Sharp Azteca,” said Navarro. “He's the type of horse that every trainer wants to have in his barn. Winner of six stakes races, including the Cigar Mile, one of the most prestigious races in America run over a mile on dirt. From the first day I saw Sharp Azteca, I knew that he was a special horse. Together, we managed to compete at the highest level at 10 different racetracks. I would like to thank Mr. Rodriguez and Mr. Scharf for entrusting me with the care of Sharp Azteca, a horse that I will always carry in my heart. I'm pretty sure that, just as he was a brilliant runner, he will also be an extraordinary stallion.”

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