09/05/2016 2:26PM

Sharp Azteca pulled from Super Derby

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Sharp Azteca (right) finished second to Texas Chrome by a half-length in the Prelude.

Sharp Azteca, who had been pointed to the Grade 3, $400,000 Super Derby on Saturday at Louisiana Downs, will miss the race, trainer Jorge Navarro said Monday. Navarro said Sharp Azteca sustained a physical setback Saturday morning at Monmouth Park.

“He was training good, reared up coming off the track, and grabbed his quarter,” Navarro said. “We’re going to give him some time. He’s going to have some rest, and we’ll look for something else sometime next month. The main thing is to let him heal.”

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Navarro said Sharp Azteca had been scheduled to ship to Louisiana Downs on Tuesday. He ran at the track Aug. 6, finishing second by a half-length in the $100,000 Prelude. Earlier this year, Sharp Azteca won the Grade 3 Pat Day Mile at Churchill Downs for owner Gelfenstein Farm.

Ivan Fallunovalot back strong

Ivan Fallunovalot, who ran in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Sprint, fired a big effort off the bench last Thursday at Remington Park. He won a six-furlong allowance in 1:08.72 over a track rated good. It was Ivan Fallunovalot’s first start since January, when he won the King Cotton Stakes at Oaklawn.

Ivan Fallunovalot, coming back from a quarter crack, sat just off fractions of 21.89 seconds for the opening quarter and 43.78 for the half-mile before scoring by two lengths under Lindey Wade. The effort was something of a relief for trainer Tom Howard because Ivan Fallunovalot was not quite as tight as he would have liked going into the race.

“I was concerned, as fast as they went early,” Howard said. “I figured the fat boy ain’t going to be able to catch up, and he handled it very professionally. I was very, very pleased.”

Howard said Monday that Ivan Fallunovalot came out of the race in excellent condition and will head to the $150,000 David M. Vance Sprint on Sept. 25 at Remington. The horse is a two-time winner of the Vance for owner Lewis Matthews Jr.

For his allowance win, Ivan Fallunovalot earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 94. He was a troubled ninth in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Sprint. Overall, the horse has won five stakes and $560,808.

◗ Tom’s d’Etat, who won a maiden special weight race Aug. 5 at Saratoga, is being pointed to the Grade 3, $400,000 Oklahoma Derby, trainer Al Stall Jr. said Monday. The 1 1/8-mile race is Sept. 25 at Remington Park.

Tom’s d’Etat won his maiden at the same distance, leading throughout for a four-length win and earning an 89 Beyer. Tom’s d’Etat is by Smart Strike and from the female family of Candy Ride. He is owned by G M B Racing.