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Verrazano Romps Again at Gulfstream

Gulfstream Park
Photo: MEC
Verrazano stamped himself as an exciting prospect for this year’s Kentucky Derby (G1) with a spectacular 16 ¼ -length victory in Saturday’s fifth race at Gulfstream Park.

The 3-year-old son of More Than Ready was never in need of urging from jockey John Velazquez during the one-mile optional claiming allowance while pressing pacesetter Gunderman along the backstretch and far turn before handily drawing away to his second victory in as many starts.
Trained by Todd Pletcher, Verrazano debuted at Gulfstream with a 7 ¾ -length victory on Jan. 1.
“That was about as impressive as you’ll see one run. He’s been training really, really well, so we were anticipating a good race and hoping for a good race. You’re going from one out at 6 ½ furlongs and stretching out against some horses with more experience and some stakes form,” Pletcher said. “We were encouraged going into it and even more so coming out.”
Verrazano, the 1-5 favorite owned by Let’s Go Stable, ran the mile in 1:34.80. Eton Blue finished a distant second under Joe Bravo, a neck ahead of Gunderman and Patrick Husbands.
Pletcher is undecided where Verrazano will make his next start.
“Obviously, he’s earned a right to step up into a big one. We’ve just got to figure out the timing of it,” Pletcher said. “We’re a little close to the Fountain of Youth (Feb. 23 at Gulfstream), so it probably won’t be there. We’re just going to have to figure it out.”



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know it all, how many accounts do you have?
If you know anything about this years Derby crop, there hasn't been much to get excited about. Shanghai Bobby doesn't have the pedigree nor the running style to be there in the Derby. He's Had Enough looks like he's had enough, Vyjack??? Not likely. Verrazano runs 22.4 - 45.2 and then pulls away from the field and wins by 15 1/4? I loved his Maiden win, this one puts him at the top of my Derby list. If you weren't impressed you were either blind or do not know what kind of horse you are seeing.
I feel compelled to help the core group of idiots who comment on this sight.Sadly most of u r guys who have no conception whatsoever of what actually goes into preparing racehorses to compete.Todd Pletcher is one of a handful yes so very few trainers who actually have their hands on every horse everyday. In by 4:30 am everyday saddling all his horses of whatever city he is in.Now onro his horses in case haven't figured this out he trains stakes horses and his owners buy stakes horses and send them to him to win stakes races.He has 3, 4, 5, 6 and even 7 year olds in his barn.The epitome of a horsemen his knowledge is so far past anything u all can understand its laughable.Why do people continually send him horses if he doesnt know what hes doing, trust me these people have far morr invested then u or I and they r smart.Yes he gets a lot of talent but just getting to the starting gate in May takes more than talent theres the fragilty of the thoroughbred that u cant possibly understand.U all love to talk Derby yet u mock people when they try to get these animals there and they get hurt.Trust me if u have a horse that u payed lots of money for and your intent is to run him in May u will be hard pressed to find a better conditiner.
When a horse is running that well ... RUN HIM. 3 weeks out is plenty of time.... jesus.
Not to worry about this one Pletcher will find a way to screw this one up before the first Sat. in May get's here. This is all smoke that is being blown and it nothing that a good strong fan can't clear up.

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