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Verrazano pointed to Wood Memorial for final Kentucky Derby prep
By Jay Privman
Verrazano, who ran his unbeaten record to three in the Tampa Bay Derby and remains the favorite for the May 4 Kentucky Derby, is being pointed to the Wood Memorial on April 6 at Aqueduct for his final Derby prep, trainer Todd Pletcher said Monday morning.
Pletcher, speaking from the 2-year-old in training sale in Ocala, Fla., said it is "90 percent certain" Verrazano would run in the Wood. His other options are the Florida Derby at Gulfstream on March 30, and the Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn on April 13, but he described the chances of running in either of those races as "5 percent each."
"The Wood is the logical choice," Pletcher said.
Pletcher also said that Overanalyze, who was fifth in the Gotham in his 3-year-old debut, is under serious consideration for the Sunland Derby on March 24 instead of the Wood. If Overanalyze runs at Sunland, he would be able to retain regular rider John Velazquez, who rides Verrazano.
Also, Capo Bastone, whom Pletcher had been targeting for the Rebel this Saturday at Oaklawn, will wait another week and instead run in the Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park on March 23.
Would Verrazano and Shanghai have to run as an entry...same owners and trainer?? ..
Verrazano is not here to run a huge one. He's here to take a strong jogging.
Keep a close eye on Elnaawi in this race.
Since he has the points to make the Derby now, expect Pletcher to go easier on him heading to the Wood, which shapes up as a softer spot than facing Orb and IMLD in the Fla. Derby. Pletcher's goal is winning the KY Derby, not the Wood Memorial. Vyjack has the points too. Normandy Invasion will be loaded for bear in the Wood. Elnaawi looks like a contender there too. I'll bet on a horse in the Wood that NEEDS those points, not Verrazano at 3-5.
SA dby ,spiral stks 2nd in the ARK dby SUN dby FLA dby BG stks FLA dby 4th in the SA dby ARK dby 2nd in the Wood Mem. So what does this tell you about the last 10 derby winners. It is no pattern the last decade . Verrazano looks crazy good I hope he is a monster the HYPE is good for the game
VerraZano is a straight line throw out just like El Padrino. He's good for an 8.5 f Gr. III while recieving weight from his rivals. Just like El Padrino. Its all downhill from here just like it was for his brother El Padrino. ; ) Why do you think Pletcher can't wait to get him away from the track he ran his fast races over ? Because he knows the same thing would happen to him as it did to El Padrino ; ) He'd be up the track vs IMLD & Bobby. Desperation is what desperation does. He thinks Vyjack is going to be easier than IMLD & Bobby. He ain't gonna be. Its Uncle Mo & El Padrino time folks ; ) Don't forget to bring your wallet instead of just your mouth Mark ;-) All you people tying yourselves to this horse makes me smile :) He ain't bred to win the derby . He isn't a 10 f horse.He ran the last 5/16ths about 7 or 8 lengths slower than Vyjack while recieving weight from the runner-up. Meanwhile, Vyjack was giving everybody 7 pounds and coming home in racehorse time for a 3yr old this time of year. The guys that know they have a horse are not planning by the seat of their pants like Pletcher is doing with all but his best horse who he has a plan for. He isn't going to win the Derby with Bobby either ,buttZ... he knows which of his horses is the better one and it ain't VerraZano
its a shame the hawthorne derby is only 2 weeks before kentucky. he could have run there take a big payday and not take points from his stable mates. but thats a woulda coulda shoulda kinda of thing i guess
sorry wrong topic... re cross traffic. wood makes perfect sense to bring the horse in sharp since he is so lightly races.
2 words for you. cross traffic
The Wood Memorial is less then 30 days from the Derby. Not a good move for the horse. The Fla Derby makes more sense, time wise.
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