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03-09-2013, 08:46 PM
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More about Verrazano's win...

Trainer Todd Pletcher was keeping his options open on the next start for Verrazano, who became the early favorite for the 2013 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) with his March 9 win in the Tampa Bay Derby (gr. II).

The day after Verrazano's dominating three-length victory at Tampa Bay Downs, Pletcher said the More Than Ready colt could next run in the Besilu Stables Florida Derby (gr. I) March 30 at Gulfstream Park, the Wood Memorial (gr. I) April 6 at Aqueduct Racetrack, or the Arkansas Derby (gr. I) April 13 at Oaklawn Park.


Flashback tired, got caught in a one-on-one battle and paid the price.

Gulfstream was a freak show. I wonder if the added weight discussed a couple of days ago was an issue with Fort Larned...

Fort Larned stumbled at the start, dropped jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. over his right shoulder, and was declared a non-finisher (VIDEO).

Fort Larned, the 4-5 favorite, grabbed a left front quarter in the incident but appeared otherwise uninjured. He recovered from the spill to race up the rail and easily outdistanced the other five older horses, crossing the finish line of the one-mile event in front by a pole.

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