Dirt Mile to be Verrazano’s final race

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Updated: October 29, 2013

Elmont, NY (SportsNetwork.com) – Verrazano, winner of the Haskell
Invitational, will make his final career start Friday in the $1 million
Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile at Santa Anita.

Owned by Let’s Go Stable and partners, Verrazano will leave the starting gate
for the Dirt Mile from post 10 with Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez riding.
After the race the 3-year-old colt will be retired to stallion service at
Ashford Stud.

“Verrazano is a very welcome addition to the roster here at Ashford which will
be the strongest we’ve ever assembled,” said Ashford’s Director of Sales
Charlie O’Connor. “Verrazano’s brilliance is there for all to see, but he’s
also got the pedigree and looks to match. He’s very exciting.”

Trained by Todd Pletcher, Verrazano began his racing career in January and
reeled off four straight wins, including the Tampa Bay Derby and Wood
Memorial. Following a 14th-place finish to Orb in the Kentucky Derby the colt
came back to win the Pegasus Stakes and Haskell at Monmouth Park. He finished
seventh as the 8-5 favorite in the Travers behind Will Take Charge.

“Verrazano has given us some magical days, none more so than that 9 3/4-length
romp in the Haskell,” said Let’s Go Stable’s Bryan Sullivan. “We’re really
looking forward to Friday.”

Entering his final race, Verrazano has earned $1,556,300 with six wins in
eight starts.