Sharp Azteca Retired From Racing, Stud Plans Pending

Grade 1 winner Sharp Azteca has been retired from racing, with stud plans to be decided, per a release from trainer Jorge Navarro.

The 5-year-old Freud horse finished his on-track career with eight wins in 17 starts for earnings of $2,406,740. He last raced in the Grade 1 Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes in January at Gulfstream Park, where he finished eighth.

In his start prior to the Pegasus, Sharp Azteca earned a signature victory in the G1 Cigar Mile Handicap at Aqueduct. He also earned victories in the G2 Kelso Handicap and Gulfstream Park Handicap, the G3 Pat Day Mile Stakes and Monmouth Cup Stakes, and the listed City of Laurel Stakes.

Navarro trained Sharp Azteca for the partnership of Gelfenstein Farm, M. Scharf, and A. Quartarolo. Ron Paolucci’s Loooch Racing Stables leased his Pegasus World Cup slot to the group and was listed as a co-owner in the horse’s final start.

“It has been an honor for me to train a horse like Sharp Azteca,” Navarro said. “He’s the type of horse that every trainer wants to have on his barn. Winner of six stakes races (five Graded) including the G1 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,” he continued. “Together we managed to compete at the highest level in ten 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.”

Sharp Azteca will reside at Gelfenstein Farm in Ocala, Fla., until stud plans are decided.

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