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Breeders' Cup Buzz Horse: #7 Verrazano

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From now until the Breeders’ Cup, we’ll be counting down the Top 10 Breeders’ Cup Buzz Horses – horses we’re excited to watch run at Santa Anita this November 1-2. 


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Breeders’ Cup Buzz Horse #7 - Verrazano
Breeders' Cup Division: Dirt Mile
 

VERRAZANO
Breeding: More Than Ready - Enchanted Rock (Giant's Causeway)
Three-year-old Colt
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Owner: Let's Go Stable, Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith
Breeder: Emory A. Hamilton

*Timeform Master Rating: 127
Most Impressive Prep Race: Grade 1 Haskell Invitational, Monmouth, July 28, 2013
**TimeformUS Speed Figure earned: 118
 
 
Analysis: Verrazano started 2013 with a bang, a debut win on New Year’s Day in a Maiden Special Weight race at Gulfstream Park. He scored by nearly eight lengths and earned an impressive TimeformUS speed figure of 97. He continued to roll against three-year-olds, moving from maiden win to allowance romp to an easy Grade 2 score in the Tampa Bay Derby, a race where he was assigned a 108 speed figure. He has been a bit of an enigma since. He stepped up to Grade 1 competition and won the Wood Memorial, but received a TimeformUS speed figure of only 98.  He was considered a strong contender in the Kentucky Derby next, but pressed a very fast pace and faded to be well beaten. Later, he seemed to have recovered, dominating both the Grade 3 Pegasus and the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational at Monmouth, the latter victory earning him a lifetime-best speed figure of 118. But once again, on the big stage, he flopped. He was dominated in the Travers by fellow three-year-olds Will Take Charge, Moreno, and Orb. He’ll enter the Dirt Mile having not raced for 69 days, and still an enigma.
- Analysis by Craig Milkowski
 
Buzz Horse Countdown:
#8 Havana 
 
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*Timeform Master Ratings are adjusted for age, so that equal ratings mean horses of equal merit. Another way of looking at it is to see the universal rating handicap as four handicaps side by side: one for two-year-olds, one for three-year -olds, one for four-year-olds and one for older horses.
**In TimeformUS past performances, neither the Timeform Performance Ratings nor the TimeformUS Speed Figures are adjusted for age.     

 

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Pace scenarios and the horses that FIT them often BEAT, handily, horses of suggested HIGHER Quality by just having a better mtach up to the porjected fractional times TODAY
Hope you come back and give us your pre-race *Pace Figures* in the Dirt Mile, cmorioles.
Verrazano is 6 of 8 with 4 graded stakes wins! Palace Malice is 2 of 9 but both of his 2 wins was at distance! Yet, PM is considered to be the better Horse! We will see!
  • cmorioles · 6 of 8 with 4 graded stakes wins sounds like a breeding commercial. I'm more interested in the betting aspect of the sport, and I think the record you cite is misleading. The two best horses he faced at Monmouth (Itsmyluckyday, Oxbow) both were injured and haven't returned since. I'll be betting against him on Friday. Nothing much more to say from me. · 362 days ago
Mark.considered the best by who.Those that have taken excellence to a level of mediocrity by accepting a 2nd place finish as commendable.Or maybe running 4th in the Travers ,with the age old line.Oh! what could of been.Champions are measured by wins,not by the company they keep when they finish up the Track.Maybe all the pre derby hype on Verazano came back to bite him in the ass.Everyone was expecting the Supercolt.It seems he is held to a different standard than every other 3 yo around.He is not allowed a bad day. Others and we will leave them nameless,have their built in excuses.
I have nothing against this horse, or any horse. I just feel the two times he has faced his toughest competition, he not only lost, he lost badly without being a real factor. It is one thing to chase Palice Malice in a suicidal pace and be beaten. It is quite another to not even be able to beat the run off Palice Malice. It is just my opinion, and as with anyone in horse racing, I'm often wrong.
Signing my like.
Sounds more like a circle jerk or a circular firing squad.
Love it!
Of course everyone is invited Goblin,except Jay s. will have to come with his badge on.That is the only prerequisit. Due to the heavy volume expected to attend.We will make it a first come first serve basis.
So, Tom, will amino and the posse be at the Kumbayah campfire songfest?? Are girls invited?
Vodka you and some others are starting to scare me. First Buds,then Sullivan and now you. Pretty soon we will be in a circle singing Koumbaia(just kiddin)I agree with you . Any speed sheets we read are subjective,whatever one feels comfortable using is the only important thing. My beef with this article is the constant bashing this horse keeps taking based on basically 2 toss out races. I do not know if it is because Todd trains him,and some do not want him to have success.Maybe i am reading into the article completely wrong.If i am,i apologize to the author.But it just seems to me that there are more negatives directed at the horse ,than any article by any of the House columnists.I have no ties to the horse,hell if anything he was the dreaded rival prior to facing Vyjack in the Wood Memorial.He has made me a fan with his ability. It seems now,when a trainer does right by the horse(a concept many of these trainers should be doing)and points him in a direction that suits him for not only the present,but future development.This is looked as a negative.
Wow, I actually agree with you tmallios. The only flop here is Timeform numbers. I've also noticed they're consistantly wron on their picks on handicapper plays of the day using their figures. Reason enough for me not to purchase their product.
After reading the analysis,i at least have come up with only 2 possible conclusions.#1 is that Verrazano is not a favorite of yours and #2 you only think that there are only 2 Big Stage Races run within the 3 yo Division.They would be the Derby and The Travers. I thought your analysis of the Derby was fair and accurate.You said he chased a hot pace and tired.The issue is when you brought up the Travers.Again once he went on the Big Stage,he flopped.That means he repeated the process.So why sugar coat the Derby analysis ,if you were going to trash him later on.After all,he only lost twice in his career. The other alternative is that you may think a win is a flop. You also say he was dominated.Since when does a horse not show up basically for the race,yet only loses by 7 lengths get dominated.Let us review the Derby using your parameters you set.Orb won by about 5 lengths over a 4 horse blanket finish. The other 14 were way back.So you must of thought that 14 horses flopped and were dominated. I think that you are not a fan of the horse,for whatever the reason.Why else would you take a cheap shot at him ,by credititing him for winning arguably the #1 Derby prep race run this year, The Wood Memorial.Then saying he ran a slow Timeform Number.Well maybe in this case it is the product that you represent that probably flopped.All speed sheets i saw,showed the race to be very fast. Ruffian is correct,how is it that the G1 hASKELL THIS YEAR IS NOT ON "THE BIG STAGE" yet last year when fan favorite Paynter,Demolished a field in the same race.He was hailed a Super Star. Funny how a horse,even with his Travers flop and the Derby toss out has lost only 1 race,can be considered an enigma.
Goldencents is gillete sharp and ready
last time i checked his haskell was far from a flop. and the derby was a throwout
Flopping twice on the big stage could be looked upon as acceptable since he should dominate his prelim. No *riddle wrapped around a mystery inside* about it, IMO:D

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