Verrazano conformation shot

New Stakes-Winner for Verrazano

Scoring his first Black Type success at Monmouth on Sunday was progressive colt Archidust (3c Verrazano x Chilling Effect, buy Gold Fever), who scored a commanding win in the $78,000 My Frenchman Stakes.

Trained by Jorge Navarro, he was tackling turf for the first time and found the surface very much to his liking.

Archidust settled midfield and powered to the line to win the five and half furlong sprint by nearly three lengths taking his overall record to three wins and two placings from seven starts with earnings in excess of $100,000.

“We were definitely excited to get him on the turf,” said winning rider Angel Suarez.

“He’s good on the dirt but we felt he would move way up on the turf. The race set up perfectly for us. There were plenty of speed horses that probably felt they had a good shot, so at 5 1/2 furlongs, they had to send. I was pretty much just hunting them. I really think a lot of Skole (who finished third). I had him inside of me and I was watching him the whole time. Once he made his move, I made mine. My horse was much the best.”

The fourth stakes-winner worldwide for Verrazano, Archidust was a $300,000 OBS March 2YO Sale purchase and is a half-brother to stakes-placed Bach Hamilton from stakes-placed Chilling Effect.