Aztec Brave Rewards Bettors as Favorite in Mystic Lake Mile

On one of the biggest racing cards of the meet at Canterbury, Aztec Brave stalked and pounced to a Father’s Day victory in the $100,000 Mystic Lake Mile. The 5-year-old French-bred gelding ran 1-mile on firm turf in 1:35.95 and paid $6 as the favorite with Chris Rosier in the irons.

Aztec Brave stalked the leader in the early stages under a firm rating. He continued with a steady bid to assert himself midway through the far turn then raced forward into the upper stretch before moving clear and bounded home in the late stages to win by 1 ½ lengths. Second choice Granny’s Kitten rallied from off the pace for second and Nun the Less finished third as the 9-2 third choice.

Aztec Brave is trained by Joe Sharp, and he was claimed for just $30,000 in October, 2014 by owner Brad Grady. He had three wins last year before picking up his first win of 2016 on Sunday.

“This horse has been something special to us,” said Sharp. “Brad Grady has been a huge part of where I am today, and this was one of the first horses we claimed together. We’re lucky to have a horse like this.”

The fourth running of the Mystic Lake Mile was “a nice Father’s Day present,’’ said Sharp, who has two children and another on the way.

Canterbury Park continues to draw well with attendance, and the track with the lowest takeout rate in the country enjoyed a big day of betting on Sunday with their two featured races in the Mystic Lake Mile and Lady Canterbury.

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