Verrazano breezed five furlongs in 1:00.20 and recorded fractions of :13, :25.20 and :36.80 and galloped out six furlongs in 1:13.20, seven furlongs in 1:26.80 and a mile in 1:41.60 on Sunday at Churchill Downs.
Guided in the work by Gary Stevens, Verrazano started one length back behind the workmate and they finished together.
“We wanted a good, solid five-furlong breeze and we wanted to sit him behind another horse and have him sit back and relax for a little bit,” Pletcher said. “We also wanted to have him finish up good and gallop out strong. He accomplished all that. I thought he went great and he seemed to get over the track well. We liked what we saw.”
Let’s Go Stable, Michael Tabor, Mrs. John Magnier and Derrick Smith’s Verrazano’s five-eighths time was the third fastest of 40 at the distance. He is scheduled to work again at Churchill Downs next Sunday, April 28.