Brilliant Haskell winner Verrazano has been retired from racing and will stand at Ashford Stud next season. “Verrazano was found to be lame after the Eclipse and although it is not a significant injury, time would not permit us to have him ready for the Breeders’ Cup so the decision has been made to retire him,” said Aidan O’Brien. “It’s very disappointing as he ran two lovely races on his first two starts for us and we had been looking forward to a great season with him.”
By far the best son of More Than Ready, Verrazano burst on the scene with an impressive maiden win over 6½ furlongs on his debut at Gulfstream Park in January of last year. He went on to land six of his first seven starts by an average of 7¾ lengths including the G1 Wood Memorial Stakes and the G1 Haskell Invitational Stakes by a record 9¼ lengths where he recorded a Beyer Speed Figure of 116.
“Verrazano is a striking individual to a look at: a really gorgeous horse,” commented his former trainer Todd Pletcher. “He always impressed me, both in the mornings and in the afternoons. His run in the Haskell was a monstrous effort. He just blew them away that day.”