|2012||FTMMAY||20||2||$100,000||Pick Six Racing||Pike Racing|
|2011||FTKJUL||17||Y||$45,000||Pike Racing, agent||Select Sales|
Wood Memorial S. (gr. I)
WOOD MEMORIAL S. (gr. I), Aqueduct, April 06, 2013, $1,000,000 Guaranteed, value of race $1,000,000, 3 yo, 1 1/8 miles, 1:50.27 Dirt FT.
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More Than Ready Enchanted Rock , by Giant's Causeway
BEmory A. Hamilton , KY ; OLet's Go Stable, Tabor, Michael B., Magnier, Mrs. John and Smith, Derrick ; TTodd A. Pletcher
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Tapit Boston Lady , by Boston Harbor
BBetz/Kidder/Gainesway/Graves/D.J. Stable/Cole , KY ; OFox Hill Farms, Inc. ; TChad C. Brown
(Bay Gelding ,
Into Mischief Life Happened , by Stravinsky
BMachmer Hall , KY ; OPick Six Racing ; TRudy R. Rodriguez
Margins: ¾, neck, 3¾ . Others: Mr Palmer 123 ($50,000) , Elnaawi 123 ($30,000) , Chrisandthecapper 123 ($4,000) , Quinzieme Monarque 123 ($4,000) , Go Get the Basil 123 ($4,000) , Always in a Tiz 123 ($4,000) , Freedom Child 123 ($4,000) . Winning Jockey, John R. Velazquez.
Wood Memorial S. Recap
Verrazano has managed to outshine his grade II-winning half brother El Padrino, whose abilities led him to a start in the 2012 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Now Verrazano is carrying the Derby torch and seems even better prepared than his older sibling, who ran third in the 2011 Remsen Stakes (gr. II) and won the 2012 Risen Star Stakes (gr. II) prior to that year’s Run for the Roses.
El Padrino, a son of Pulpit, finished 13th in the big race following those efforts, but trainer Todd Pletcher is no doubt hoping for a better result with undefeated Verrazano.
The Tampa Bay Derby (gr. II) and Wood Memorial (gr. I) victor is owned by El Padrino’s same connections, Kevin Scatuorchio and Bryan Sullivan’s Let’s Go Stable, in partnership with Michael Tabor, Susan Magnier, and Derrick Smith.
The Kentucky-bred son of More Than Ready hails from a female family steeped in black type and was bred by Emory Hamilton, a member of one of the Thoroughbred industry’s most notable families.
Hamilton’s mother is owner/breeder Helen Groves, and her sister Helen Alexander owns Middlebrook Farm near Lexington where Hamilton boards her broodmares. Groves and Alexander are best known for breeding and racing grade I winner Acoma.
Verrazano and El Padrino are out of the Giant’s Causeway mare Enchanted Rock, whose dam, Chic Shirine, captured the 1987 Ashland Stakes (gr. I) and went on to produce grade II winners Waldoboro and Tara Roma. The latter is the dam of grade I winner Serra Lake and grade III victor Cappuchino.
Chic Shirine is additionally the granddam of graded stakes winners Hungry Island and Soaring Empire and the great-granddam of grade II victor Al Khali. All of the above-mentioned horses were bred by Hamilton.
Grade I winner Too Chic, the third dam of Verrazano, produced Hamilton’s grade I-winning homebred and 1991 United States champion older mare Queena. Hamilton also bred Queena’s graded stakes-winning foals Brahms (gr. I) and La Reina (gr. III).
Hamilton sold Verrazano through Middlebrook Farm, agent, for $250,000 to Let’s Go Stable at the 2011 Keeneland September yearling sale. Enchanted Rock’s youngest foal is a Pulpit colt, born April 4.
More Than Ready is the sire of 117 stakes winners. Among his seven added-money winners of 2013 are group victors More Than Sacred (NZ-III) and Romantic Moon (Aus-III). More Than Ready stands for $60,000 at WinStar Farm near Versailles, Ky.—E.M.