Bay 2010 16.2 hh
More Than Ready – Enchanted Rock
Distance won over: 6½f. – 9f.

Sensational dual Gr.1 winning 3-y-o

Fee for 2018: $17,500

Winner of six races in 2013 including a record-breaking 9¾ length victory in the G1 Haskell Invitational Stakes as well as success in the G1 Wood Memorial

Recorded the highest Beyer figure (116) of any 3yo in 2013

“One of the stars of the 2013 Classic generation.” Andrew Caulfield

“When you look at him next to other horses, he looks like Hercules next to mere mortals.” Steve Haskin

“Verrazano won the 2013 G1 Wood Memorial and G1 Haskell – the latter in an off-the-graph Beyer 116…I’d say I’m not alone in thinking Verrazano could be a real top prospect.” Bill Oppenheim, TDN

His first yearlings sold for $650,000, $625,000$575,000, $425,000, $310,000, $285,000, $250,000$230,000, $185,000, $180,000, $160,000, $150,000, $150,000, $140,000, $130,000, $130,000 etc.

Verrazano to Ashford after Santa Anita

October 29, 2013

The Todd Pletcher-trained Verrazano, who races for Let’s Go Stable in partnership with the Coolmore team, will have his final start in Friday’s Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile before retiring to Ashford Stud for the 2014 breeding season.

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Verrazano established himself among the best 3YO’s of 2013 with four Graded stakes victories, including the Gr.1 Wood Memorial S. and Gr.1 Haskell Invitational. He took the latter by nearly 10 lengths posting a 116 Beyer and improving his record to six wins in his first seven starts. He is inbred 4×3 to Mr Prospector and also has two lines to two other exceptional stallions in Northern Dancer and Blushing Groom.

Verrazano’s dam Enchanted Rock produced the Gr.2 winner El Padrino with PULPIT and his family has also produced a Gr.1 winner to SEATTLE SLEW, Graded winners to A.P. INDY, CAPOTE and MINESHAFT and a Listed winner to TAPIT. Verrazano’s sire MORE THAN READY also sired the dual Gr.2 winner Hungry Island from an A.P. Indy mare from this family, plus the Ashland S. and American Oaks winner Room Service from a mare by A.P. Indy’s son OLD TRIESTE. Verrazano should therefore suit PULPIT mares, as well as daughters of MALIBU MOON, MINESHAFT, FLATTER and CONGRATS. These create 5x4x4 to MR PROSPECTOR. Mares by other sons of A.P. INDY, such as BERNARDINI and STEPHEN GOT EVEN, are other possibilities, as are mares by Pulpit’s excellent son TAPIT.

As Verrazano’s two lines of MR PROSPECTOR will be well back in his foals’ pedigrees, there is plenty of scope for other lines to this exceptional stallion. More Than Ready’s Gr.1 winner Daredevil is out of a mare by FORTY NINER, while his Gr.2 winner Boynton has a dam by DISTORTED HUMOR. More Than Ready also has the Gr.2 winners Copper Bullet and Made You Look and the Gr.3 winner Life Imitates Art out of daughters of UNBRIDLED’S SONG. Verrazano had first-crop yearlings out of UNBRIDLED’S SONG mares selling for $625,000 and $575,000.

The GONE WEST branch also suits More Than Ready, as he has Graded/Group winners out of daughters of CAME HOME, ELUSIVE QUALITY, MISWAKI, MR GREELEY and ZAFONIC. Verrazano should suit daughters of GRAND SLAM and ELUSIVE QUALITY, with the latter being the broodmare sire of his $650,000 first crop yearling.

More Than Ready, with his two lines to Almahmoud, has been considered a natural match in Australia for mares by DANEHILL, who is closely inbred to Almahmoud’s daughter Natalma. This has paid big dividends, producing five Gr.1 winners. Mares by DANEHILL therefore have plenty to offer Verrazano. More Than Ready also sired Graded/Group winners from mares by PINE BLUFF, REDOUTE’S CHOICE, FLYING SPUR, LURE and WAR CHANT, plus Graded winners from daughters of DANSILI and DANEHILL DANCER. Mares by other sons of DANZIG, such as WAR FRONT, BELONG TO ME, EXCHANGE RATE and LANGFUHR, are possibilities. Sebring, another son of More Than Ready, has sired high-class winners in Australia from mares by Danzig’s sons ANABAA and BELONG TO ME.

The SADLER’S WELLS line merits plenty of respect, as Verrazano’s family has produced the Gr.2 winner Al Khali to MEDAGLIA D’ORO. More Than Ready sired the very speedy Regally Ready and the Breeders’ Cup winner Pluck from grand-daughters of SADLER’S WELLS, so daughters of EL PRADO and KITTEN’S JOY also come into the picture.

More Than Ready has done well with mares by sons of DEPUTY MINISTER, including DEHERE (Gr.2 winner More Than Real), FRENCH DEPUTY and SALT LAKE (Gr.1-placed Mata Karanjang). Deputy Minister sired the second dam of Gr.2 winner Tom’s Ready. Mares by AWESOME AGAIN and SILVER DEPUTY are other options.

Four of More Than Ready’s five foals out of INDIAN CHARLIE mares are winners, including the Gr.3 winner Sonic Boom and Gr.2-placed Galientos so UNCLE MO mares are worthy of consideration.

More HAIL TO REASON blood ought to suit Verrazano, an obvious route being sons of ROBERTO, including KRIS S., DYNAFORMER, LEAR FAN, RED RANSOM and SILVER HAWK. Mares with SUNDAY SILENCE blood would be interesting as More Than Ready sired the top Australian mare More Joyous from one of his daughters.

Principal Performances


1stHaskell Invitational Stakes-Gr.1, 9f., Monmouth Park by 9¾ lengths from Power Broker and Micromanage. His Beyer Figure of 116 recorded in the Haskell is the highest of any 3-y-o in 2013.
1stWood Memorial Stakes-Gr.1, 9f., Aqueduct by ¾ length from Normandy Invasion and Vyjack. (Previous winners of this race include top sires Seattle Slew, Pleasant Colony, Broad Brush, Gulch, Unbridled’s Song, Empire Maker & Tapit)
1stTampa Bay Derby-Gr.2, 8½f., Tampa Bay Downs by 3 lengths from Java’s War and Falling Star.
1stPegasus Stakes-Gr.3, 8½f., Monmouth Park by 9¼ lengths from Reporting Star and Bethel.
1stAllowance, 8f., Gulfstream Park by 16¼ lengths from Eton Blue and Gunderman.
1stMaiden, 6½f., Gulfstream Park on debut by 7¾ lengths from Acclaim and Coin Broker, earning a TDN Rising Star.
2ndQueen Anne Stakes-Gr.1, 8f., Royal Ascot – on turf


Haskell Invitational Stakes-Gr.1

Wood Memorial-Gr.1

Tampa Bay Derby-Gr.2