Matz: 'Naturally, With a Horse Like This There Are Thoughts of a Triple Crown Race' After Lenny's Win--Watch Replay Now

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The winning tradition of the Barbaro family continued Jan. 20 when Lentenor, the 3-year-old son of Dynaformer—La Ville Rouge, romped by daylight in a 1 1/16 two-turn turf race at Gulfstream Park.  

 

"We've always known he was a good horse," trainer Michael Matz said afterward. "He's a big boy a still a bit immature, but he got a lot of experience today. He'd been working well. We'll see how he comes out of it and take a little time to evaluate what might be next. It could be an ‘a other than' or maybe even a turf stakes if we think he's up to it. Naturally with a horse like this there are thoughts of a Triple Crown race, but it's much too early to say whether he'd be far enough long to consider something like that. Naturally, I'm very pleased with how he ran today."

 

Sent off as the overwhelming even-money favorite in the 12-horse field in the day's ninth and final race, Lentenor had substitute jockey John Velazquez aboard after Jose Lezcano took off his mounts following an accident in the fourth race on the card.

 

Lentenors victory came in his third career start for owners Roy and Gretchen Jackson. The colt was third in his career debut and finished second in his first start on grass.

 

Now the fun really starts. Will he go in a non-winners of two or be sent straight into stakes company? Will Velazquez be retained as the regular rider? That was a pretty heads up victory we saw there today.

 

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