Updated on 03/20/2017 4:14PM

Sharp Azteca gets post 6 for Godolphin Mile

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Sharp Azteca will start from post 6 in the Godolphin Mile in Dubai.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Sharp Azteca, the lone American runner in the race and the likely favorite, landed post 6 for the $1 million Godolphin Mile when post positions were drawn Monday for the non-Grade 1 races on the World Cup program.

Jorge Navarro trains Sharp Azteca and has come to Dubai for the second year in a row, having sent X Y Jet to a slightly disappointing second-place finish last year in the Golden Shaheen. Navarro said Sharp Azteca had worked the easiest of half-miles Monday in about 55 seconds.

“He’s already fit. I just wanted to take the edge off because he’s tearing down the stall,” Navarro said.

Sharp Azteca will be favored, but the Godolphin Mile includes a couple of dangerous locals, North America and Heavy Metal.

Likely favorite Vazirabad breaks from post 3 and faces 13 rivals in the $1 million Gold Cup over about two miles on grass.

Two American-based runners, Master Plan (post 2) and Vettori Kin (post 8) are among the 16 entered in the $2 million UAE Derby, a Kentucky Derby qualifying race. Thunder Snow, the highest-rated horse in the 1,900-meter race, drew poorly in post 13.

A previous version of this article misstated the purse of the UAE Derby. It is $2 million, not $1 million.


Joseph Bahadoor 6 months ago
Hate that good horses get stuck with outside posts! Then again talk to jermey noseda he's still pissed that Sloan avenue was stuck in post 15 when he lost to tamarkuz in the mile!