Let's Go Stable and Coolmore partners' Verrazano worked a bullet five furlongs in 1:01.08 Oct. 12 on the dirt training track at Belmont Park, gearing up for a run in the Nov. 1 Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile at Santa Anita Park.
The 3-year-old son of More Than Ready , who took the July 28 William Hill Haskell Invitational off a victory in the Grade 3 Pegasus Stakes, both at Monmouth Park, is trained by Todd Pletcher.
Best of 14 works at the distance, Verrazano worked as a team in company with Foxwoods King's Bishop winner Capo Bastone, who was credited with a time of 1:01.10. The Pletcher-trained Capo Bastone, owned by Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, is being pointed to the $1 million Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint Nov. 2.
Verrazano won the 1 ⅛-mile Haskell by 9 3/4 lengths, but finished seventh last time out in the Aug. 24 Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course. Earlier in the season, he strung together four wins with a maiden triumph first time out at Gulfstream Park and a solid allowance score at the Florida oval, followed by victories in the Tampa Bay Derby and Wood Memorial. He has won six of eight starts for earnings of $1,556,300.
Pletcher has been steadily increasing the intensity of Verrazano's breezes on the dirt training track at Belmont, with an easy four furlongs in :49.10 Sept. 21 as his first work back after the Travers, another four panels in :49.68 Sept. 28, and five furlongs in 1:01.26 Oct. 5.