Sharp Azteca, the Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Handicap winner in his most recent outing, worked an easy 800m (about 4 furlongs) under exercise rider Anthony Cruz on Monday morning in Dubai. Trainer Jorge Navarro was pleased with the move, even if he couldn't say for certain what the time was.
“I got him in 55 seconds, I think,” he said. “The poles got me, though. This track is just too big!”
The 4-year-old son of Freud is preparing for a start in Saturday's $1 million Godolphin Mile, one of the early races on the Dubai World Cup Carnival card.
“I didn't want to do too much with him,” Navarro continued. “He's already fit. I just wanted to take the edge off because he's tearing down the stall. I didn't care about the workout as much as the gallop out and I got exactly what I asked. I wanted it to be strong and he was dragging the rider and came back good.
“He's taking to everything very well. Shipping to California [from Florida for the Grade 1 Malibu at Santa Anita in December] didn't seem to bother him, that long trip. So I asked Mr. Gelfenstein (owner) if we could make the trip to Dubai. I told him the trip wouldn't affect him and so far I'm right. He's eating up good and everything we ask him he's doing good.
“This horse has a lot in the tank and I don't think we've seen the best out of him yet.”
Here is a Monday-morning interview with Jorge Navarro about Sharp Azteca:
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