Lentenor , the 2-year-old full brother to 2006 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Barbaro, will make his second career start in third race at Aqueduct Nov. 28.
The 1 1/16-mile grass event will be Lentenor’s first race on grass after he finished third over the Keeneland Polytrack in his career debut.
If history -- and bloodlines -- are any indicator, Lentenor should flourish on the turf as both Barbaro (by 8 1/2 lengths) and full brother Nicanor (by 15 1/4 lengths) broke their maidens in their first turf tries.
All three are by Dynaformer, out of the Carson Citymare La Ville Rouge and were bred and have been raced by Roy and Gretchen Jackson.
“He came out of his first race fine and we’re really excited for this race,” said trainer Michael Matz. “I’ll think he’ll be fine on the dirt, too, but this was one of our last chances of the year to run on the turf. It looks like a pretty tough group, though.”
Looking toward the future, Matz says he’s going to let Lentenor tell him what surface he would prefer to run on.
“We’re just going to take it race by race,” Matz said. “I’m sure he’ll handle any surface.”
Jockey Jose Lezcano will ride Lentenor, who is paired in the wagering with also-eligible Beau Choix. Lentenor will break from post 5.