BRIDGING THE GAP TO LOUISVILLE
Unbeaten "TDN Rising Star" Verrazano
(More Than Ready) punched his ticket to the GI Kentucky Derby with a hard-fought 3/4-length victory in Saturday’s GI Wood Memorial S. at the Big A. Normandy Invasion
(Tapit) got up for second by a neck over Vyjack
(Into Mischief). "When you have horses like this, there’s only one result that’s satisfying so there’s a little more pressure in these situations," trainer Todd Pletcher said of Verrazano, who went off as the 4-5 chalk. "It’s more of a relief after the race than sometimes a celebration, but that’s a position you want to be in." A runaway debut winner at Gulfstream New Year’s day, he followed with a jaw-dropping 16 1/4-length tally in a $75,000 optional claimer going a mile in Hallandale Feb. 2. The Let's Go Stable, Michael Tabor, Mrs John Magnier and Derrick Smith colorbearer passed his first two-turn test with a professional three-length tally in the GII Tampa Bay Derby Mar. 9. "He hasn’t done anything wrong so far," Pletcher continued. "There’s some more preps to go, but I would say right now he’s the legitimate [Kentucky Derby] favorite."Saturday, AqueductWOOD MEMORIAL S.-GI
, $1,000,000, AQU, 4-6, 3yo, 1 1/8m, 1:50 1/5, ft.
1--sVERRAZANO, 123, c, 3, by More Than Ready1st Dam: Enchanted Rock, by Giant's Causeway2nd Dam: Chic Shirine, by Mr. Prospector3rd Dam: Too Chic, by Blushing Groom (Fr)
($250,000 yrl '11 KEESEP). O-Let's Go Stable, Michael B Tabor, Mrs John Magnier & Derrick Smith; B-Emory A Hamilton (KY); T-Todd A Pletcher; J-John R Velazquez. $600,000. Lifetime Record: 4-4-0-0, $861,300. *1/2 to El Padrino (Pulpit), GSW, $327,770. Werk Nick Rating: A. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
, 123, c, 3, Tapit
--Boston Lady, by Boston Harbor. ($145,000 RNA yrl '11 KEESEP; $230,000 2yo ‘12 KEEAPR). O-Fox Hill Farms Inc; B-Betz/Kidder/Gainesway/Graves/DJ Stable/Cole (KY); T-Chad C Brown. $200,000.
, 123, g, 3, Into Mischief
--Life Happened, by Stravinsky. ($45,000 yrl '11 FTKJUL; $100,000 2yo ‘12 FTMMAY). O-Pick Six Racing; B-Machmer Hall (KY); T-Rudy R Rodriguez. $100,000.
Margins: 3/4, NK, 3 3/4. Odds: 0.80, 3.70, 3.35.
Also Ran: Mr Palmer, Elnaawi, Chrisandthecapper, Quinzieme Monarque, Go Get the Basil, Always in a Tiz, Freedom Child.
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