Lentenor will attempt to duplicate the feat or his full brother by winning the Florida Derby and has drawn the No.2 post at morning line odds of 6-1. Trainer Michael Matz said he opted to enter the son of Dynaformer-La Ville Rouge in Saturday race at Gulfstream Park over the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct on April 3. Both are grade I races.
Florida Derby Field
Saturday, March 20th at Gulfstream Park
1. Soaring Empire, E. Castro, 20-1
2. Lentenor, A. Garcia, 6-1
3. Pulsion, C. Nakatani, 12-1
4. Pleasant Prince, J. Leparoux, 15-1
5. Game On Dude, J. Rose, 12-1
6. First Dude, R. Dominguez, 8-1
7. Rule, J. Velazquez, 5-2
8. Ice Box, J. Lezcano, 15-1
9. Miner's Reserve, K. Desormeaux, 6-1
10. Best Actor, J. Castellano, 20-1
11. Radiohead, E. Prado, 3-1
"We just thought he's down here right now and it would be less traumatic thing to do rather than flying up there," Matz said by telephone, adding that looking at the probable fields for each of the Kentucky Derby prep races as a slight factor. "Right now we were just looking for a spot for him to go in - the Florida Derby or the Wood. We entered in the Florida Derby. But we might even consider the Wood. We don't know what post position we have for the Florida Derby and who knows if the track comes up sloppy."
Barbaro used the Florida Derby as the springboard to his Kentucky Derby victory in 2006.
Lentenor has won or placed in all of his four starts, with a record of one win, two seconds, and a third. After breaking his maiden impressively in January, Lentenor finished second at 9-10 odds in a 1 1/8 mile turf race at Gulfstream Park on Feb. 17.