Bred: Paul Nataf
Dam: Wana Doo, by Grand Slam
Toronado broke his maiden in his first start at Newbury in the United Kingdom by 2 3/4 lengths. He won three straight starts following his debut run, including two group races and keeping him undefeated going into the Group 1 Quipco 2,000 Guineas Stakes. His attempt to win a classic race failed as he finished fourth behind five length winner Dawn Approach before finishing second behind that rival in the Group 1 St James's Palace Stakes a month and a half later.
However, Toronado finally beat Dawn Approach in the Qipco Sussex Stakes, bettering his rival by 1/2 length. After finishing last in the Juddmonte International, Toronado underwent throat surgery before heading to California for the Breeders' Cup in 2013.