Hootenanny, Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf, October 31st 2014
Trained by Wesley Ward, Sire: Quality Road. Dam: More Hennessy
Adelaide, Secretariat S, Arlington Park, August 16th 2014
Trained by Aidan O'Brien, Sire: Galileo. Dam: Elletelle
Minorette, Belmont Derby Invitational, 5th July 2014
Trained by Chad C. Brown, Sire: Smart Strike. Dam: Silk & Scarlet
Magician, BC Turf, 2nd November 2013
Trained by Aidan O'Brien, Sire: Galileo. Dam: Absolutelyfabulous
Havana, Champagne S, Belmont Park, 5th October 2013
Trained by Todd Pletcher, Sire: Dunkirk. Dam: Miss Turtle
Verrazano, William Hill Haskell Inv. Stakes, Monmouth Park, 28th July 2013
Trained by Todd Pletcher, Sire: More Than Ready, Dam: Enchanted Rock
Bryan Sullivan was an investor on Wall Street before deciding in 2007 to launch Let’s Go Stable with his brother-in-law Kevin Scatuorchio, whose father, Jim, campaigned 2007 champion turf male English Channel and More Than Ready, the sire of Verrazano. Sullivan described his stable’s first Thoroughbred purchase, Ready’s Echo for $100,000, as “half exhilaration and half nausea.” Ready’s Echo turned out fine, dead-heating for third in the 2008 Belmont Stakes. “That worked out well,” Sullivan said.
So have most of his horses. Verrazano, a $250,000 yearling purchase as the 2011 Keeneland September Sale, gave Let’s Go a New Year’s present earlier this year when he won his debut at Gulfstream Park by 7¾ lengths. Quickly, Let’s Go was contacted by representatives of Michael Tabor, Mrs. John Magnier, and Derrick Smith, who offered to buy a percentage of Verrazano. “We owned horses with them in the past,” Sullivan said. “This made sense. We’d keep part.”
The deal was consummated the day before Verrazano’s second start, when he won an allowance race at Gulfstream by 16¼ lengths. “A lot of people called after that race,” Sullivan said. All of them were too late.
“The anxiety before the Haskell was incredible,” he said. “I live two miles away.” Verrazano won the Haskell by nearly 10 lengths. “It was unreal,” Sullivan said. “It really was. Outside my wedding and the birth of my children, it was probably the most unforgettable day in my life.”