Lentenor

In July 2012, I drove up to Colonial Downs in New Kent, Virginia to watch the Virginia Derby. It’s such a beautiful track and is probably best known for its Secretariat Turf Course, which is named for the most famous Virginia-bred in history. (Trivia for the day: their turf course is 180 feet wide, making it the widest in the US.) On the Virginia Derby undercard, the Kitten’s Joy Stakes had two runners that I really wanted to see—Lentenor and Action Andy—and they didn’t disappoint! Lentenor beat Andy by a head to win his first stakes race.

If you’re not familiar with Lentenor, he is a horse by the late Dynaformer out of the mare La Ville Rouge. This makes him a full brother to 2006 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro, and the two look very much alike. La Ville Rouge has foaled five colts in all by Dynaformer, including Nicanor, Margano, and Pennmarydel. It’s a family that many fans keep close tabs on, but none so far has repeated the brilliance of Barbaro.

July 21, 2012: Lentenor heading into the paddock at Colonial Downs.

Lentenor was retired after his next race, a 4th in the Grade 3 Cliff Hanger Stakes in September 2012. He ran a total of 17 times from 2009 to 2012, with 4 wins and earnings of almost $185,000. One of his better races was the Grade 1 Florida Derby in 2010, where he ran 4th to Ice Box, a colt trained by Nick Zito who went on to finish 2nd in that year’s Kentucky Derby. Finishing behind Lentenor in the Florida Derby were multiple graded stakes winners First Dude and Game On Dude!

It was recently announced that Lentenor will stand the 2013 breeding season at historic Calumet Farm in Lexington, KY for a fee of $7,500. Calumet is building up their stallion roster and will also stand Dynaformer’s Melbourne Cup winner, Americain. Eye of the Leopard, Aikenite, and champion Point Given will also be located there this season.

July 21, 2012: Lentenor heads out onto the track for the Kitten’s Joy Stakes at Colonial Downs. It’s a little eerie to see him in the Lael Stables silks wearing the #8 cloth, which is the number his full brother Barbaro wore in his Kentucky Derby win.

July 21, 2012: Jockey Sheldon Russell gives Lentenor a pat as they walk into the winner’s circle after the Kitten’s Joy Stakes.

July 21, 2012: Everyone is all smiles in the winner’s circle, including Lentenor!