Sweet Azteca

Breeding Digest: A Family that Just Gets Sweeter

Quite a few horses have lately nourished the illusion that we might, collectively, actually know what we're doing. Sierra Leone (Gun Runner), for instance, is threatening to make sense of the second-highest price paid for an American yearling in 2022; while Newgate (Into Mischief) is steadily working off a $850,000 debt of his own, while similarly bringing closer the real payday at stud. But last weekend we were given yet another reminder of the genetic powder-keg lit by a mating strategy that can only have prompted a supercilious smile in...

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Sweet Azteca Pillar to Post in Beholder Mile

Facing a bevy of more experienced rivals, lightly raced SWEET AZTECA (f, 4, Sharp Azteca--So Sweetitiz, by Grand Slam) led every step of the way to capture the renamed GI B. Wayne Hughes Beholder Mile S. at Santa Anita Saturday. Last summer's GI Clement L. Hirsch S. winner and even-money favorite Adare Manor (Uncle Mo) was second, while 'TDN Rising Star' and Pumpkin Pie S. winner Green Up (Upstart), an East Coast shipper, was third. Final time for the mile was 1:36.40. A homebred for Pamela Cee Ziebarth, Sweet Azteca...

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Gossip Girl: Chismosa Earns Graded Win in Las Flores

A week after a pair of California-breds battled to the wire in the GI La Brea S., the state-bred program was back in the spotlight again on Monday's holiday card at Santa Anita when Jaime Renella's Chismosa (Clubhouse Ride) capped a three-win day for her sire with a 1 1/4-length victory in the GIII Las Flores S. Sent off at 8-1, Chismosa settled just off the pace as favored Sweet Azteca (Sharp Azteca), making just her second career start, blitzed through a quarter in :21.96 and a half in :44.70...

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Ziebarth Homebred Filly 'Sharp' On Churchill Debut

7th-Churchill Downs, $115,095, Msw, 5-2, 3yo/up, f/m, 6f, 1:09.85, ft, 2 1/4 lengths. SWEET AZTECA (f, 3, Sharp Azteca--So Sweetitiz {MSW, $180,480}, by Grand Slam) trained forwardly ahead of this debut, both at the Trackside training center and over the local strip, and was bet down from 8-1 to be off at just over 9-2 on debut. Hustled along to dispute the early pace through a quarter-mile in :20.82, the homebred grey maintained a narrow advantage as they raced around the turn. Bracing for an outside challenge from fellow firster...

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