Owner Ivan Rodriguez said Monday Cigar Mile winner Sharp Azteca will stay in the U.S. instead of shipping overseas to run in the Godolphin Mile March 31st. Rodriguez told Daily Racing Form the 5-year-old son of Freud suffered a minor injury following a workout.
Sharp Azteca was last seen finishing eighth in the Pegasus World Cup in late January. He was extremely sharp in 2017, winning four graded stakes, including the Grade 1 Cigar Mile, and he finished second in the Breeders' Cup Mile.
“He came down with a little inflammation in his foot after his last work,” said Rodriguez. “The area scanned clear, but we didn't want to take a chance of sending him all the way over to Dubai then having to scratch him if it flared up again. We want to have a fresh horse for the rest of the year, so we've sent him to the farm for a little rest and will point for the Met Mile later this spring.”
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