EL PADRINO's little brother VERRAZANO is making great strides towards the title of top 3-year-old of 2013 with a stupendous display in Monmouth Park's mid-summer classic, the $1 million William Hill Haskell Invitational-G1 on Sunday, July 28.
Sweeping to victory by the largest winning margin in Haskell history, VERRAZANO's nine and three-quarters-length score put an exclamation point his talent. After making his career debut on New Year's Day, he is now a winner of six of seven starts and is racing's newest millionaire, with total earnings of $1,551,300.
Breeders' Cup-winning owner James Scatuorchio, a partner in Let's Go Stable, which races the colt with Michael Tabor, Mrs. John Magnier and Derrick Smith, is quite familiar with the family of VERRAZANO and Northview PA’s newest sire, EL PADRINO. Let's Go Stable also campaigned EL PADRINO, and it was in large part because of the older brother's talent that they purchased VERRAZANO as a yearling.
"EL PADRINO was a good colt and we always felt highly of him," said Scatuorchio following this year's Haskell. "This guy was doing so good and we knew he was valuable, being a half to EL PADRINO."
Graded stakes-placed at 2 and winner of the Gr. 2 Risen Star S. at 3, EL PADRINO was also a star on the rise before an injury halted his career. The son of Pulpit and first foal out of the Giant’s Causeway mare Enchanted Rock won or placed in six of his eight career starts to earn $326,770.