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Verrazano makes stakes debut

Updated: March 8, 2013, 12:41 AM ET
By Claire Novak | Bloodhorse

Highly-regarded sophomore Verrazano makes his stakes debut against eight others March 9 in the $350,000 Tampa Bay Derby at Tampa Bay Downs, rolling in off an impressive 16 3/4-length allowance optional claiming win at Gulfstream Park.

The 1 1/16-mile Tampa Bay Derby, worth 50 qualifying points for the winner on the road to the Kentucky Derby, has also attracted the top two finishers from the South Florida oval's Feb. 2 Sam F. Davis Stakes, Falling Sky and Dynamic Sky. It will be run as ...

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