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Lentenor Tops Wednesday Feature

Lentenor breaks maiden at Gulfstream Park.

Lael Stable’s 3-year-old Kentucky homebred colt Lentenor was very impressive breaking his maiden on turf at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 20 by 3 ½ lengths in his third career start for trainer Michael Matz, and is entered to take the next step in a promising career in an allowance Wednesday going 1 1/8 miles on turf.

Jockey John R. Velazquez was aboard Lentenor for the first time in the maiden victory after the celebrated full-brother to 2006 Florida Derby (G1) and Kentucky Derby (G1) hero Barbaro finished third and second in races at Keeneland and Aqueduct last fall to begin his career.

A full field of 12 was drawn for the Wednesday feature Lentenor facing several other promising young prospects led by Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s homebred gelding Becky’s Kitten. With Jose Lezcano to ride for trainer Wesley Ward, the colt bids to improve on a fourth-place try as the favorite in a similar race here Jan. 29.

Becky’s Kitten is a son of the Ramseys’ 2004 Eclipse champion turf star Kitten’s Joy and broke his maiden in his first start on turf at Saratoga last summer after three tries sprinting on the main track. He came back to finish a game second in the Summer Stakes (G3) at Woodbine in his next start and ninth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G2) at Santa Anita on Nov. 7, although beaten only 5 ½ lengths by the winner.

Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin sends out a pair in Wednesday’s test with good races over the course. Jockey Alan Garcia gets the call on Mr. and Mrs. William K. Warren, Jr.’s Saint Eligius and Elvis Trujillo will be aboard Ron Winchell and Harvey Clarke’s Krypton.

Saint Eligius is a son of the Warrens’ 2005 Horse of the Year Saint Liam. He broke his maiden over the course here on Jan. 15 after two tries as a 2-year-old on the main track at Belmont Park and Monmouth Park. Krypton is a son of Rock Hard Ten and just missed by a head when second in a turf allowance here on Jan. 13.

Completing the field are WinStar Farm’s Doubles Partner, Blackacre Farms’ Flatter This, Thomas and Jack Conway’s Stately Victor, Augustin Stable’s Vamos a Ver, Dogwood Stable’s Trippo, Thorobeam Farm’s Mountain Thunder, Dan Wiginton’s Psychic Income and Jim Tafel’s Sporty.

 

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