Watch Verrazano winning the 2013 Wood Memorial Stakes (G1)

More Than Ready - Enchanted Rock

Mrs John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith’s Verrazano (More Than Ready - Enchanted Rock, by Giant’s Causeway), winner of last year’s GI Wood Memorial Stakes at Aqueduct and GI William Hill Haskell Invitational Stakes at Monmouth Park, has been retired from racing and will stand at Coolmore’s Ashford Stud next season.

“Verrazano was found to be lame after a ninth-place finish in the G1 Eclipse on 5 July, and although it is not a significant injury, time would not permit us to have him ready for the Breeders’ Cup, so the decision has been made to retire him,” trainer Aidan O’Brien said. “It’s very disappointing as he ran two lovely races on his first two starts for us and we had been looking forward to a great season with him.”

Bred in Kentucky by Emory A. Hamilton, the $250,000 KEESEP yearling purchase was campaigned at three in the U.S. by Let’s Go Stable and trainer Todd Pletcher. He hit the board in this term’s G1 JT Lockinge Stakes and G1 Queen Anne Stakes while making his first two grass start in Europe under O’Brien’s care.

“Verrazano is a striking individual to a look at - a really gorgeous horse,” Pletcher said. “He always impressed me, both in the mornings and in the afternoons. His run in the Haskell was a monstrous effort. He just blew them away that day.”

Verrazano, a half-brother to El Padrino (Pulpit), GSW, $326,770, began his career with four straight wins, including the GII Tampa Bay Derby and the aforementioned Wood Memorial. He was also a runaway winner of the GIII Pegasus Stakes at Monmouth and finished third in the GI Cigar Mile Handicap last November. Verrazano retires with a record of 13-6-1-2 and earnings of $1,877,983.

Extract from Thoroughbred Daily News