Sharp Azteca Will Run In Paolucci’s Pegasus Spot; War Story In Stronach Spot

by | 01.08.2018 | 6:12pm
Ron Paolucci

Owner Ron Paolucci has finalized a deal to lease the starting spot he purchased in the Jan. 27 Pegasus World Cup to Ivan Rodriguez and his Cigar Mile winner Sharp Azteca, according to Meanwhile, the Paolucci-owned (in partnership) War Story is expected to race in one of three starting slots not purchased; the Stronach Group is leasing those spots.

“It's a one-shot deal, for this race only,” Paolucci said. “Believe me, I'll still be rooting for War Story to win the race. But as a racing fan, I feel having Sharp Azteca in the field makes this a better race. I also figured if he didn't run in my spot, he'd have gotten in with someone else, perhaps in [Stronach's] last spot, and we'd have had to compete against him anyway with our horse.”

Paolucci is also reportedly seeking a third spot for his Grade 3-placed Game Over.

Javier Castellano is being courted by the connections of both Sharp Azteca and West Coast, whom he rode to a third-place finish in the Breeders' Cup Classic.


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