Verrazano was among the leading fancies for the 2013 Grade 1 Kentucky Derby after wins in the Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby and Grade 1 Wood Memorial Stakes, but he finished down the field behind Orb. He bounced back several weeks later to take an eight and a half-furlong Grade 3 contest at Monmouth Park.
It was late the following month that he put up the most impressive performance of his career, a nine and three-quarter length defeat of Power Broker in the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational Stakes over nine furlongs at that same venue.
He then disappointed behind Will Take Charge in the Grade 1 Travers Stakes at Saratoga and behind Goldencents in the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile at Santa Anita before, on his final start for Todd Pletcher, taking third to Flat Out in the Grade 1 Cigar Mile Handicap at Aqueduct.
In what was an unusual move for a top dirt horse, Verrazano came to Europe in the spring of his four-year-old season, but he failed to win in three starts for the Aidan O'Brien stable. The final of those was a last-place finish behind Mukhadram in the Group 1 Coral-Eclipse at Sandown.
His first run had resulted in third to Olympic Glory in the Group 1 Lockinge Stakes at Newbury, a month before he chased home Toronado in the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Verrazano is one of 19 top-level winners for leading international sire More Than Ready (by Southern Halo) and that tally includes the major Australian stallion Sebring.
He is the second foal out of Enchanted Rock (by Giant's Causeway), his older half-brother is Grade 2 winner and current freshman sire El Padrino (by Pulpit), and his dam is a half-sister to the Grade 2 scorers Waldboro (by Lyphard) and Tara Roma (by Lyphard).
Chic Shrine, the grandam of Verrazano, is a full-sister to the champion older mare Queena, who won the Grade 1 Ballerina Stakes, Grade 1 Maskette Stakes and Grade 1 Ruffian Handicap, and their dam is the Grade 1 Ashland Stakes heroine Too Chic (by Blushing Groom).
Other Grade 1 winners who appear in branches of the family include Keen Ice (by Curlin), Harmonize (by Scat Daddy), and Somali Lemonade (by Lemon Drop Kid).
The fifth dam is too far back to be making any meaningful contribution (just 3.125%) but as she is European champion Monade (by Klairon), her presence in the pedigree cannot be ignored, especially as her descendant will have runners in Europe.
She was such a narrow winner of the 1962 Oaks that, as Timeform reported "it took the judge a quarter of an hour to decide in favour of Monade." Her victory in the Prix Vermeille was clear-cut, and she chased home Soltikoff in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, finishing the year with a Timeform rating of 129.
That figure dropped to 126 as a four-year-old when she won the Prix de Pomone and Coupe de Maisons-Laffitte, was runner-up in the Prix d'Ispahan and Prix Jacques le Marois, and fourth in the Champion Stakes.
Verrazano is by a top stallion whose sons include a leading sire, he has European connections on the distaff side of his family, and proved his ability to perform with credit at the highest level on both sides of the Atlantic. He will, of course, get two-year-old winners, but his best results may come with his three-year-olds and older horses, from around seven to 12 furlongs.
VERRAZANO (USA) - b.2010 - More Than Ready - Enchanted Rock, 6 wins inc Haskell Invitational Stakes (Gr1), Wood Memorial Stakes (Gr1), Tampa Bay Derby (Gr2), Pegasus Stakes (Gr3), 2nd Queen Anne Stakes (Gr1), 3rd Lockinge Stakes (Gr1), Cigar Mile Handicap (Gr1). Sire in USA. First foals in 2016.
b/brc - Allegory (by Unbridled's Song) Keeneland Sept $625,000
chc - Azha (by Tapit) Keeneland Sept $77,000
b/brf - Bettarun Fast (by Kelly Kip) Keeneland Sept not sold
bc - Beyondallboundarys (by Saint Liam) Keeneland Sept $7,000
b/brf - Big Miss (by Chief Honcho) Keeneland Sept $40,000
chc - Binavicar (by Wild Again) Keeneland Sept not sold
chc - Blitzing (by Montbrook) Keeneland Sept $3,000
b/brf - Blue Sky High (by Unbridled) Fasig-Tipton NY Aug $125,000
chf - Boodles (by Mr Greeley) Keeneland Sept $130,000
b/brf - Brianna Rose (by Distorted Humor) Keeneland Sept $310,000
bc - Brilliant Humor (by Distorted Humor) Keeneland Sept $60,000
bf - Buleria (by Empire Maker) Keeneland Sept $7,000
bc - Candy Cat Can (by Langfuhr) Keeneland Sept $40,000
chc - Champagne Rhythm (by Eddington) Keeneland Sept $3,000
bf - Chaotic Cat (by Tale Of The Cat) Keeneland Sept $160,000
chc - Chilling Effect (by Gold Fever) Keeneland Sept $85,000
b/brf - Consider It Done (by Green Dancer) Keeneland Sept $110,000
bf - Cove (by Pine Bluff) Fasig-Tipton NY Aug not sold
b/brf - Cruisin'nthebridle (by Unbridled's Song) Keeneland Sept $40,000
bc - Deceit (by Danzig) Keeneland Sept withdrawn
b/brf - Dootsie (by Dixieland Band) Fasig-Tipton NY Aug $77,000
b/brc - East India (by Mizzen Mast) Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Aug $285,000
chc - Esher (by King Of Kings) Fasig-Tipton NY Aug not sold
b/brf - Evita's Sister (by Candy Ride) Keeneland Sept $130,000
chf - Expo Gold (by Johannesburg) Keeneland Sept withdrawn
bc - Fanfire (by Elusive Quality) Keeneland Sept not sold
b/brf - Force One (by Dansili) Fasig-Tipton KY Sept
bc - Friend Of A Friend (by Crafty Friend) Keeneland Sept $70,000
b/brf - Guilty Pleasure (by Pine Bluff) Keeneland Sept $62,000
bc - I Thirtyfive (by Malibu Moon) Keeneland Sept $95,000
bf - J J's Pattern (by Langfuhr) Fasig-Tipton KY Sept
bf - Josette (by Danehill) Fasig-Tipton KY Sept
b/brf - Juneau (by Mr Greeley) Fasig-Tipton NY Aug withdrawn
b/brc - Kathern's Kitten (by Kitten's Joy) Keeneland Sept not sold
b/brf - Kelly Pond (by Deputy Minister) Keeneland Sept $32,000
chf - Las Malvinas (by Lord At War) Keeneland Sept $12,000
b/brc - Little Green Light (by Smarty Jones) Fasig-Tipton KY July withdrawn
b/brf - Lobshot (by Langfuhr) Keeneland Sept withdrawn
bf - London Bid (by Rainbow Quest) Arqana Aug €30,000 (p/s)
bf - Love You Loads (by Giant's Causeway) Keeneland Sept $25,000
chf - Magic Show (by Notebook) Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Aug $150,000
chf - Martita Sangrita (by Johar) Keeneland Sept $140,000
bf - Mary's Angel (by Hat Trick) Keeneland Sept $20,000
bc - Miss Inclined (by Pulpit) Keeneland Sept not sold
chf - Miss Mary Pat (by Service Stripe) Keeneland Sept not sold
bc - Miss Sea Oats (by Langfuhr) Keeneland Sept $32,000
bc - Modesty Blaise (by A.P. Indy) Keeneland Sept withdrawn
b/brc - Moon Meeting Too (by Malibu Moon) Keeneland Sept $16,000
b/brf - Mula Mula (by Follow The Money) Keeneland Sept not sold
bc - Mylittledeucecoupe (by Lion Heart) Keeneland Sept $65,000
chc - Night And Day (by Unbridled's Song) Keeneland Sept $250,000
chf - Nite In Rome (by Harlan's Holiday) Keeneland Sept $30,000
bc - Opulence (by Giant's Causeway) Keeneland Sept $110,000
b/brf - Parchisi (by Street Cry) Fasig-Tipton KY July $57,000
chc - Possibly A Ten (by Seeking The Gold) Keeneland Sept withdrawn
b/brf - Put Me In (by Take Me Out) Keeneland Sept not sold
b/brc - Quite Honestly (by Lion Heart) Keeneland Sept $110,000
bc - R Obsession (by Notebook) Fasig-Tipton NY Aug $100,000
bf - R Vicarious Girl (by Vicar) Keeneland Sept $40,000
bc - Relaxing Green (by Formal Gold) Keeneland Sept $185,000
bf - Roots Run Deep (by Forestry) Fasig-Tipton KY July $125,000
b/brc - Royal Wonder (by Kingmambo) Keeneland Sept not sold
b/brf - Saphiria (by Touch Gold) Keeneland Sept $60,000
gr/roc - Sauvignon Blanc (by Tapit) Keeneland Sept $3,500
bf - Search And Seizure (by War Chant) Keeneland Sept $425,000
gr/roc - Sentimental Charm (by Silver Charm) Keeneland Sept $22,000
b/brf - She's A Wow (by Speightstown) Fasig-Tipton KY July $230,000
b/brc - Sheer Beauty (by Mizzen Mast) Keeneland Sept not sold
bf - Single (by Pulpit) Keeneland Sept withdrawn
b/brf - Sky Bird (by Birdstone) Keeneland Sept not sold
bf - Sky High Bertie (by Sky Mesa) Keeneland Sept $75,000
b/brc - Special Brush (by Broad Brush) Keeneland Sept $45,000
b/brf - Stella's Dream (by Pioneerof The Nile) Keeneland Sept $70,000
b/brc - Successful Sarah (by Successful Appeal) Keeneland Sept not sold
chf - Talullah Lula (by Old Trieste) Keeneland Sept $75,000
chc - Tamdiid (by Horse Chestnut) Keeneland Sept $28,000
chc - Ten Out Of A Ten (by Malibu Moon) Keeneland Sept $27,000
b/brc - Thin Disguise (by Yes It's True) Fasig-Tipton NY Aug withdrawn
chf - Three Degrees Mon (by Maria's Mon) Keeneland Sept $180,000
gr/rof - Timeless (by Unbridled's Song) Keeneland Sept $575,000
bc - Transplendid (by Elusive Quality) Keeneland Sept $650,000
bc - Trisha Even (by Even The Score) Fasig-Tipton KY Sept
chf - True Religion (by Yes It's True) Keeneland Sept not sold
bf - Very Very (by Royal Academy) Keeneland Sept $30,000
chf - Via Pavion (by Mr Greeley) Keeneland Sept $150,000
bc - Villa d'Este (by Street Sense) Keeneland Sept $12,000
bf - Westside Tapstress (by Lookin At Lucky) Keeneland Sept $30,000
chc - Woodflower (by Woodman) Keeneland Sept withdrawn
bc - Young Royalty (by Royal Academy) Keeneland Sept $15,000
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