Verrazano is set for the $1,000,000 William Hill Haskell on
July 28, Monmouth
Park’s biggest event of
the year. The race will take place virtually in the back yard of co-owners
Kevin Scatuorchio and Bryan Sullivan, listed as Let’s Go Stable, who live in
Red Bank and Rumson, respectively. Conditioned by Todd Pletcher, Verrazano is
coming off of a win in his last outing, the Grade 3 Pegasus Stakes here at
Monmouth, where he trounced the field by nine and a quarter lengths.
3-year-old colt by More Than Ready out of the Giant’s Causeway mare Enchanted
Rock, Verrazano has triumphed in an impressive five of his six career starts,
including the Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby (March 9, 2013) and the Grade 1 Wood
Memorial at Aqueduct on April 6. Verrazano went on to compete in the Kentucky
Derby in May, and the Pegasus Stakes last month, which has kept him in good
form leading up to the Haskell.
“He’s been in training for six or
seven months now, so everything for him is really just maintenance,” said
Sullivan. “He worked a good 5/8ths last Monday and will likely go a
½ mile this Monday.”
breezed the five furlongs in 1:01 3/5 on July 15 at Saratoga, where he has been stabled since the
Pegasus. He has recorded two other breezes since his last outing, stepping four
furlongs in :52 1/5 on July 1, and working the same distance in :47 3/5 on July
“He’ll continue to train up at Saratoga and ship down
race day,” Sullivan said.
was purchased for $250,000 at the Keeneland Sept. yearling sale. He races in
the colors of Let’s Go Stable, Tabor, Magnier, and Smith.
Verrazano and a field likely
consisting of Preakness winner Oxbow, Grade 1 winner Power Broker, and Kentucky
Derby runner-up Golden Soul will travel a mile and an eighth over the main track
in the Haskell. Fellow Pletcher runner Micromanage, winner of the Long Branch, and the
Preakness’s third place finisher Mylute could possibly run in the July 28