Brothers-in-law Kevin Scatuorchio and Bryan Sullivan formed Let’s Go Stable in 2006. They offer partnerships that emphasize quality over quantity in their bid to win North America’s most prestigious races. Their efforts have been richly rewarded as they prepare undefeated Verrazano for the 139th Kentucky Derby. Scatuorchio shared his insights with Tom Pedulla of America’s Best Racing as the Run for the Roses draws near:
The story of Let’s Go Stable and Verrazano is all about family. Bryan and I prove that some in-laws can get along. He and I became fast friends when he was dating my sister, Courtney. We grew even closer after they were married. He was working for a hedge fund on Wall Street. I was considering a career on Wall Street, but the job market was very uncertain at that time.
We both fell in love with racing through my father, Jim, who played the game at the highest level with top horses such as More Than Ready, English Channel and Scat Daddy. It provided us with a vision for what could be accomplished and we decided we would do everything possible to turn that vision into reality.
We used the example of my father to show how financially rewarding the game can be. And when you tell potential investors that Todd Pletcher and his father, J.J., will lead the selection process when it comes to purchasing Thoroughbreds who have the pedigrees to win the most important races in the world, that can be hard to resist.
The purchase of Verrazano for $250,000 in the 2011 Keeneland September yearling sale also was about family. He is a son of More Than Ready. He is a half-brother to El Padrino, who got us to the Derby last year. Although Verrazano’s demeanor was more laid back than what we like to see and others looked more the part at that young age, his bloodlines were very persuasive for us. We were prepared to go much higher than $250,000 if we had to.
At that figure, he proved to be a wonderful bargain.