Local Residents Look for Big Score in Haskell with Verrazano

Thursday, July 18, 2013

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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.

            A 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.”

            Verrazano 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 8.   

            He’ll continue to train up at Saratoga and ship down race day,” Sullivan said.

            Verrazano 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 Haskell.