2023 racing: PRECIOUS MEADOW, G2 & G3 winner in Puerto Rico; MEDIA DARLING, winner of the Howard B. Noonan S.; Fayette Fox, runner-up in the Arizona Oaks; MdSpWt winners at Fair Grounds, Oaklawn, Gulfstream, Laurel, etc.

#1 First-Crop Sire of 2022 by winners—35. Led by TYLER’S TRIBE, winner of Prairie Meadows Freshman S. with a 94 Beyer and by 15 1/2 lengths, the Iowa Stallion Futurity with a 90 Beyer and by 12 1/2 lengths, and the Prairie Gold Juvenile S. by 8 1/2 lengths; ALMA ROSA, winner of the White Clay Creek S., runner-up in the Sorority S., and MdSpWt winnner at Colonial; SHARP AZA TACK, winner of the Tyro S. and debut MdSpWt winner at Santa Anita, runner-up in the Juvenile Sprint S. at Kentucky Downs; Honed, runner-up in the Iroquois S. (G3) and MdSpWt winner at Ellis Park; Lady Azteca, placed in the Selima S.; Aztec Nights, debut MdSpWt winner at Saratoga; etc.

2022 sales: first-crop 2YOs sold for $130,000, $115,000, $100,000, etc.

2021 sales: first-crop yearlings sold for $190,000, $120,000, $115,000, $100,000, etc.

Covered 195 mares in his first book—one of the most popular stallions in America in 2019

Grade 1 winner, 5-time Graded stakes winner with career earnings of $2,406,740

Finished on the board 14 times in 17 starts

Impressive 5-length winner of the Cigar Mile (G1) over Grade 1 winners Practical Joke and Mind Your Biscuits, and Grade 2 winner/Grade 1 performer Tom’s Ready

Ran fastest Ragozin of -2 ¼ for 2017 at a mile and co-fastest of the year at any distance

A close 2nd in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) defeating Practical Joke, Accelerate, Mor Spirit and Cupid

4-length winner of the Kelso Handicap (G2)

Won or placed in nine Graded stakes, including the Malibu Stakes (G1) and $1 Million Godolphin Mile (G2) at Meydan Racecourse

Sharp Azteca

Sharp Azteca was the most consistently brilliant miler we saw this year. I actually think he’s one of the best milers we’ve seen in recent years.

— Mike Watchmaker Quotes (December 3rd 2017) after Cigar Mile


By champion sire FREUD, a full brother to GIANT’S CAUSEWAY

Out of Saint Liam mare SO SHARP, a half-sister to Graded stakes winner MINT LANE and half-sister to the dam of Graded stakes winner FIRING LINE

Family traces to Three Chimneys foundation mare GORGEOUS and Overbrook Farm foundation mare and Grade 1 winner SEASIDE ATTRACTION

Graded Stakes Wins:

$750,000 Cigar Mile H. (G1)
$350,000 Gulfstream Park H. (G2)
$300,000 Kelso H. (G2)
$250,000 Pat Day Mile S. (G3)
$100,000 Monmouth Cup S. (G3)

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Race Record

Age Starts 1st (SW) 2nd (sp) 3rd (sp) Earnings
2 1 0 1 0 $8,000
3 8 4 2 0 $358,250
4 7 4 2 1 $1,390,490
5 1 0 0 0 $650,000
17 8 5 1 $2,406,740


Second at 2:

A maiden special weight at Gulfstream Park (6f, to Zulu, defeating Spintalk, Gold Shark, Two Times Book, Grand Nenuco, Megacosm, Makes Good Sense, Perfect Curlin). 

Won at 3:

Pat Day Mile S. at Churchill Downs (G3, 8f, by 2 1/2 lengths, defeating Forevamo, Star Hill, Fellowship, Lookin for a Kiss, American Freedom, Unbridled Outlaw, American Dubai, Discreetness, Ralis, Gray Sky, Imperial Hint, Cocked and Loaded, Torrontes).

City of Laurel S. at Laurel Park (Listed, 7f, by 5 1/4 lengths, defeating Hot Seat, Rated R Superstar, Cozze Cat, Never Gone South, Hammers Vision, Morning Fire, Ranger’s Coming, Clear The Mine). 

An allowance at Gulfstream Park (8f, by 7 1/2 lengths, defeating Lazarus Project, Prospectus, Dunkirk’s Boy).

A maiden special weight at Gulfstream Park (8f, by 4 lengths, defeating Equine Perfection, Singleton, Master Magician, Erich’s Talisman, Time Will Tell, El Rustico, Lucky Ramsey). 

Second at 3: 

Malibu S. at Santa Anita Park (G1, 7f, to Mind Your Biscuits, by 1/2 length, defeating Ten Blessings, Mor Spirit, Awesome Banner, Semper Fortis, Who’s Out, Horse Greedy, Jazzy Times). 

Super Derby Prelude S. at Louisiana Downs (Listed, 8.5f, to Texas Chrome, by 1/2 length, defeating Mending Fences, Secret Passage, Classy Bird, Texas Jambalaya, Fort Pulaski, Zendelphian, T. Jay’s Holiday, Buck Fifty, Drakarys).

Won at 4:

Cigar Mile H. at Aqueduct (G1, 8f, by 5 1/4 lengths, defeating Mind Your Biscuits, Practical Joke, Americanize, Tom’s Ready, Just Call Kenny, Vulcan’s Forge, Beasley, Seymourdini, Summer Revolution). 

Kelso H. at Belmont Park (G2, 8f, by 4 lengths, defeating Diving Rod, Tom’s Ready, Tommy Macho, Ross (IRE), Bird Song). 

Hardacre Mile Gulfstream Park H. at Gulfstream Park (G2, 8f, by 4 1/2 lengths, defeating Awesome Slew, Tommy Macho, Awesome Banner, Zulu, Squadron A, Blofeld, Hy Riverside). 

Monmouth Cup S. at Monmouth Park (G3, 8.5f, by 7 1/2 lengths, defeating Donegal Moon, Just Call Kenny, Classy Class). 

Second at 4:

Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile at Del Mar (G1, 8f, to Battle of Midway, by 1/2 length, defeating Awesome Slew, Practical Joke, Iron Fist, Giant Expectations, Gato Del Oro, Mor Spirit, Accelerate, Cupid). 

Metropolitan H. at Belmont Park (G1, 8f, to Mor Spirit, defeating Tommy Macho, Awesome Slew, Economic Model, Rally Cry, Tom’s Ready, Solid Wager, Virtual Machine, Denman’s Call, Mohaymen, Inside Straight). 

Third at 4:

Godolphin Mile at Meydan (G2, 8f, to Second Summer, Ross (IRE), by 1 length, defeating Fitzgerald, Kafuji Take (JPN), Farrier, Etijaah, Heavy Metal (GB), Gifted Master (IRE), North America (GB), Triple Nine (KOR), Le Bernardin). 

Progeny Photos


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