G1 Winner Verrazano Moves to O’Brien Stable, Set for European Campaign
Verrazano, one of the best 3-year-olds in America in 2013, has been transferred to Ballydoyle Stables to be trained by Aidan O’Brien. A winner of the Wood Memorial Stakes-Gr.1 he put up one of the displays of the season when taking the Haskell Invitational Stakes-Gr.1 by a record 9 3/4 lengths for trainer Todd Pletcher.
Ashford Stud manager Dermot Ryan explained the decision “Being the best son of More Than Ready, who is doing so well as a sire in Australia we feel that a European campaign would raise his profile when the time comes for him to shuttle there.”
Todd Pletcher, who trained Verrazano to win 5 races by nearly 39 lengths in 2013, commented “it makes sense for Verrazano to move to Europe as he has achieved so much already here, the owners love to have their best horses run at Royal Ascot and a win there would be of great benefit to his stallion career.”