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Verrazano gets win at Tampa Bay Derby

Updated: March 9, 2013, 7:34 PM ET
Associated Press

OLDSMAR, Fla. -- Verrazano survived a small stumble out of the gate to easily beat the field at the Grade II $350,000 Tampa Bay Derby on Saturday.

The win helps solidify the 3-year-old as a legitimate Kentucky Derby favorite.

The 2-5 betting favorite passed Falling Sky before the half-mile mark and cruised to victory three lengths ahead of a late-charging Java's War. Falling Sky held on for third.

Verrazano, who remains undefeated on the year, covered the 1 1/16-mile distance ...

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