Bred: Emory A. Hamilton (Ky.)
Sire: More Than Ready
Dam: Enchanted Rock, by Giant's Causeway
Verrazano won his first two races by 7 3/4 lengths and 16 1/4 lengths respectively. The colt, owned by Let's Go Stable, was bet down to the favorite individual horse in the first Kentucky Derby future pool due to his impressive wins. Verrazano lived up to his hype in his stakes debut, winning the Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby by three lengths before shipping to New York to win the Grade 1 Wood Memorial to stay undefeated.
Verrazano headed into the Kentucky Derby field tied for the top spot in qualifying points, but finished fourteenth. After a disappointing run in the Derby, the bay colt cleaned up the Grade 3 Pegasus Stakes, winning by 9 1/4 lengths. Just a month later, he dominated the field in the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational by 9 3/4 lengths. Verrazano placed fourth in the 2013 Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile. The colt then finished third in the Grade 1 Cigar Mile to finish out his season.
In 2014 Verrazano was sent to England to try European racing under trainer Aidan O'Brien. There he finished third in the Group 1 Lockinge Stakes and second in the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot. After a poor effort in the Eclipse Stakes the colt was retired to stud at Ashford in Kentucky as a sire proven at the top level on both dirt and turf.
Verrazano sold at the 2011 Keeneland September select yearling sale for $250,000. He is by a successful and versatile sire, More Than Ready, who was one of four horses that made up Todd Pletcher’s first Kentucky Derby contingent in 2000. More Than Ready finished fourth in the 2000 Kentucky Derby, one spot behind the Pletcher-trained Impeachment.
Verrazano is a half-brother to 2012 Grade 2 Risen Star Stakes winner El Padrino. Verrazano’s second dam is 1987 Grade 1 Ashland Stakes winner Chic Shirine, a full sister to champion Queena.