Wednesday, March 16, 2011

My Day with Barbaro's Brothers: Part I Lentenor

First, I would like to thank Mr. Mitchell and Blood-Horse for allowing me the opportunity to moderate the "Tracking Barbaro's Brothers" blog.  I am both humbled and honored.  I grew up in Connecticut and Vermont and currently call Connecticut my home. My father’s farm in Vermont is where my love for horses all started at a very young age. Having different animals on the farm, including horses, the day he came home with a OTTB called Comanche was the day my fascination with anything and everything to do with horses started. Comanche would be my loyal companion for many years. I started to attend different race tracks in New England and the East coast when I was a teenager and continue to this day.

In 2005, a beautiful, talented and charismatic colt caught my eye - yes, along came Barbaro.

My connection to Barbaro started when I saw him win the Laurel Futurity in November of 2005. When I saw him win that race, I knew I had just witnessed perfection in motion. When I attended Barbaro’s Derby in 2006, it was a thrill I will never forget, and I remember every moment like it happened yesterday. While I try to follow almost every race I possibly can around the country, I am particularly fascinated with Barbaro’s family and their amazing connections. With that said, I would like to share my day I had with both brother’s, Lentenor and Nicanor, this past Saturday.  It was quite a day.
--Greg Jones

My Day with Barbaro's Brothers: Part I Lentenor
The day started when I left my house in Connecticut at 3:30 in the morning to begin my drive to Fair Hill training center in Cecil County, Maryland, home of Nicanor and Lentenor. A light rain started to come down about ten minutes before arriving; little did I know this rain would become a major factor as the day played out. When I drove into Fair Hill, I felt like I was entering a different world, situated in the countryside of Maryland, It is over 350 acres of equine bliss. After getting lost inside of Fair Hill, I eventually found my way to my destination, the barn where Lentenor was, Parlo 3, one of two barns owned by Mr. Matz (Vintage Farms). Inside, Lentenor was getting prepared to have his first official breeze since his last work on April 14th.

We then headed over to the clocker’s tower to watch the morning works and waited for Lentenor to make his way over. He arrived with regular rider Peter Brette aboard, joined by a young talented filly named Martita Sangrita also owned by Roy and Gretchen Jackson. Mr. Matz was not far behind riding his horse, Messaging.  Since it was raining, Lentenor’s breeze was moved from the muddy dirt track to the tapeta surface, which isn’t affected by the rain. They passed underneath the dirt track through a tunnel to get to the tapeta track, which is inside the dirt track. Even from a distance, Lentenor sure looked like he had grown and he seemed to relish the fact he was on the track doing what he loves to do, run, and run fast. He first galloped effortlessly by us, then proceeded to breeze an easy three furlongs, It looked like he floated over the surface with his long strides. If my day had ended there, it would have been well worth the trip, but, it was only the beginning of a day I won’t ever forget.

After the work, we went back to the barn, and shortly thereafter, we went inside to greet Lentenor. Upon entering, I was taken aback on how spotless the barn was; I have never seen a barn that clean and well managed in my life. The whole time I was there, I never saw one fly; I am not joking, not one! If anyone has ever been in a barn before, that is unheard of. One could tell that being inside Mr. Matz’s barn is pure heaven for these colts and fillies.  I applaud Mr. Matz and his staff for maintaining this perfect environment. I then approached Lentenor‘s stall.  I will say this, seeing Lentenor up close is quite an experience. I was in awe of how tall and muscular he has become since last seeing him in person at Aqueduct this past November. While he isn't close to being in racing shape due to his long lay-off, he still is a very impressive young colt. He had his legs wrapped in ice following his work (which is a common practice after a workout), and he seemed to love the attention he was receiving. While feeding him mints, his kind eyes would lull you into feeling very safe and then that mischievous youngster in him would come out, and if not careful, he would try to give you a quick nip just to keep you on your toes! After spending this incredible morning with Lentenor and other colts and fillies, it was time to head over to Delaware Park to see his older brother, Nicanor, race in the Sussex Stakes.


Keep the stories coming. I never get tired of any info regarding them.
Trish T 16 Jul 2010 1:49 PM
Now this is nice to see !!  Thank you from all of us that love to get those updates and first hand accounts!!
Welcome Mr Jones!!
Miranda 16 Jul 2010 1:58 PM
Thank you ever so much for keeping us up to date with Barbaro's brothers!!!  I, too, have a deep love for this horse, his equine family and all those connected to his human family.  Hearing how Barbaro's brothers are doing is a lifeline of joy for me.  Go Lentenor and Nicanor!!!
Mary Ann W in Louisville 16 Jul 2010 2:10 PM
Great article Greg.  Thanks for keeping us informed on the Jackson boys.  This will be a treat to watch for from now on.  Good Luck.
Jerry 16 Jul 2010 2:11 PM
Thanks Greg for keeping us informed about Lentenor and Nicanor.  You make us feel that we are right with you at Fair Hill. I am jealous that you are up close and personal with the brothers!!!  Keep up the Good Work!!!
Joan Canan 16 Jul 2010 2:17 PM
Great report Greg - sounds like a great day so far!!n Can't wait for part two!
nvsally 16 Jul 2010 2:21 PM
I love reading the Barbaro's brothers (and hopefully, someday soon, sisters) blog. Please keep it coming.
MRO 16 Jul 2010 2:35 PM
Welcome,Greg! Look forward to more reports --very well written, like being there ourselves -- a talent, Your love for the horses is evident.  Love the description of the youngster, Lentenor. This is a great move for this blog,Thanks Ron Mitchell for bringing Greg aboard in an "official capcity".  This is going to be fun!  
Marigold 16 Jul 2010 2:50 PM
Wonderful, wonderful, WONDER FULL stuff, Greg!  You are such a fan of "the brothers" and know so much about racing - you deserved this gig, dude.  I am so happy that this has happened for you and for the fans of racing - and lovers of "the horse."  MORE MORE MORE
Chrys (sylversky) 16 Jul 2010 2:51 PM are a natural born storyteller.  I can't wait for part two. So glad you finally made it to Blood-Horse. We are so glad to have you here.
Please keep up the good work, we want you around for a very long time.
Lou in TX 16 Jul 2010 3:05 PM
Great piece Greg. and you take the greatest photos of our boys.  I am sure that BH as busy as they are will welcome all your columns so that all the FOB's will be kept up with the family. Please keep them coming.
lobieb 16 Jul 2010 3:15 PM
Loved every word and anxious for more.Thanks for making my day!!Lentenor is stunning!!!
Tracy 16 Jul 2010 3:24 PM
I love this blog!  Great pictures of Lentenor.  He is soo handsome.  Awesome job Greg.  Can't wait for Part 2 with Nicanor.
Deby 16 Jul 2010 3:40 PM
Fabulous job. And , as always, thanks to the Jacksons and Mr. Matz for allowing us these little peeks into the lives  of gorgeous boys.
TerriC in MD 16 Jul 2010 3:43 PM
I'm pleased to see that you've arrived on the Bloodhorse scene.
Today's entry breaks nicely from your starting gate.
gravideo 16 Jul 2010 3:51 PM
Thank you, Greg, like reading a book, can't wait for part2, nothing like being there, I'm jealous!
Yes, Marigold, it is!
and Yes, Lou in Tx, the story is natural and keeps your attention to the last...
WHAT a good article!!!!!!
sandieh 16 Jul 2010 4:18 PM
HEY GREG, Need any help?
sandieh 16 Jul 2010 4:21 PM
Wonderful to have you providing the details via The Bloodhorse!  If the Barbaro brothers only knew how much they are loved!  There are so many racing fans like myself that really like this type of information, following the ones that they love.  More owners/trainers should allow this of their horses.  I know some do, but most don't.  But, if they did, think of the number of loyal fans that would be gained for the sport!
Thanks again.
Dianna 16 Jul 2010 4:29 PM
Thank you Greg!  You have already taken this blog to a fantastic new height.  I am going to enjoy coming back here to read on a regular basis now!  WAY TO GO BLOODHORSE FOR MAKING A GREAT CHOICE IN GREG JONES!!!!
Roseann 16 Jul 2010 4:36 PM
That was a very informataive article about that Brother, whom we all love....Lentenor, gosh, how we would love to reach out and  touch that boy...both of them bygolly....
Glad to have you at the head
( Greg J) of the blog of the BrothersThree....and one on the way.....
Ragsy 16 Jul 2010 4:54 PM
Nice work, Greg J.! You must have had a wonderful time as you "researched" your article!
Karen in Texas 16 Jul 2010 5:27 PM
Awesome story!  This was so well written, way to go Greg!  Thank-you for sharing this spectacular day!  Can't wait for part 2.
PatC 16 Jul 2010 5:58 PM
You're story deeply touched me. I hope to see these horse up close one day. I look forward to following your blogs.
pony girl 16 Jul 2010 6:52 PM
Thank you so much for your wonderful updates. I too am fascinated by Barbaro's brothers. How is Margano doing? Has he been sent to Florida yet?
Patty in Pennsylvania 16 Jul 2010 6:57 PM
So happy you are able to do this you are fantastic... Keep the updates comming I am so sorry I don't live in Delaware anymore I could have met you:)
Congratulations and thank you Mr. Ron Mitchell you have a great writer here.
Stacy (Myheart10) 16 Jul 2010 7:00 PM
I felt like I was a fly on the wall the way you wrote this article. Very discriptive. Nice job!
DanH 16 Jul 2010 7:04 PM
Wow nice story! I feel like I was there.
LyndaP31 16 Jul 2010 7:53 PM
Sounds like it was a great start to your day!  Well done!
LindaVA 16 Jul 2010 8:08 PM
Greg-Welcome the the Barbaro's Brothers blog.  I really enjoyed your first entry regarding Lentenor and I'm looking forward to your next entry about Nicanor.
Thank you for continuing to honor Barbaro's memory. He will never be forgotten.
PatCA 16 Jul 2010 8:18 PM
Wonderful story about the first part of your day.  Those brothers couldn't possibly be in better hands--thank you for that glimpse in and painting the picture so clearly for us.  I can't wait for the rest!  Awesome job--thanks for agreeing to take this on--you will be fantastic!  
HSLewis 16 Jul 2010 8:23 PM
As an FOB, FOREVER, you made us PROUD! Excellent job! Your love for the horses shines through!
Joanne 16 Jul 2010 8:30 PM
Thank you for "taking us with you" on this wonderful day.
Jenny 16 Jul 2010 8:40 PM
Hello! Thanks for the great read. Always enjoy reading your comments.
Mike Relva 16 Jul 2010 9:25 PM
Great story, and wonderful description of the first part of your day -- looking forward to part 2!
Rozzane 16 Jul 2010 9:44 PM
Greg don't forget that On Vacation beat Lentenor in a Maiden win they are both on my wall:) But I knew Lentenor was the better horses
Stacy (Myheart10) 16 Jul 2010 9:59 PM
Greg: What a wonderful start to a fabulous day. I can't wait to hear more. Keep the stories, info, and pictures coming.
lisainco 16 Jul 2010 10:08 PM
somebody should count themseleves extremely lucky. lenny looks great inspite of the rain. nice to hear he's doing so well. i'm convinced that Michael Matz is one of the best trainers because he and his staff know how to really take care of their horses.
christy tate 16 Jul 2010 10:25 PM
Welcome! Thanks for taking the time to moderate this blog!!! : )
Arem 16 Jul 2010 10:40 PM
Keep the stories coming~~so great that you are "The One".......Lentenor looks great!! Love the Jackson Brothers, whole lot of love in my heart for all of them.
Kath 16 Jul 2010 10:54 PM
Fabulous job Greg, keep the updates comming. Love the boys! Thanks so much!
Debbie L.A. 16 Jul 2010 11:11 PM
Wonderful, Mr Jones. (as I guess I should call you now lol) If you ever need a photog out in this area, let me know!!! LOLOLOL
Great writing too, I knew you were meant for this. :D
Curlin Bandwagoneer 16 Jul 2010 11:22 PM
Great story!!!  Can't wait for more updates.  MM is a true horseman as evidenced by his barn.  Can't help but think Barbaro is smiling down from Heaven watching all of our reactions to his family.  Barbaro was a true champion, and it was such a shame we will never see his full potential.  I believe that he would have been a TC winner, but for some unknown reason he was taken from us too soon.  At least we have his family to live on and he in turns lives on thru them.  God Bless the Jacksons for sharing their horses with us.
Robin from Maryland 17 Jul 2010 12:23 AM
How fantastic is this? The perfect blog and perfect writer finally meet..can't wait to keep reading because it is all as it should be.
Carolynbk 17 Jul 2010 12:57 AM
Thank you Greg for this wonderful story.  Bloodhorse should hire you or take you on as a guest journalist.  I love the comments you post.  You are so knowledgable about the brothers.  We are so blessed to have you on this blog.
Chris K 17 Jul 2010 1:08 AM
Great Story on Lentenor.  I wish I could have been there.  It was also great meeting you at Delware Park
adrienneNY 17 Jul 2010 6:49 AM
thank you so much for keeping us updated on this special colts!
fsfarm 17 Jul 2010 8:15 AM
Wonderful, Greg, and thank you!  Wonderful that you've been given this chance to share more of your knowledge and love of the Barbaro brothers through this venue, with an opportunity to provide a deeper, more detailed account of your time with Lentenor and Nicanor.  Thank you for sharing it with all of us and I'm so thrilled you'll be reaching a wider audience through the Bloodhorse.  Thank you, Bloodhorse!
txhorsefan 17 Jul 2010 8:56 AM
Hey Greg ~~~ You ROCK!  Beautiful pictures by the way.  Is it OK if I use them to put in a video when I make another one someday of the brothers?  :-)  You always take the best pics of these horses.  I want to make a vid of all of the horses in this family when I have time.
Moving on up aye?  Hows the hanndicapping goin?
Hi Mike Relva ~ long time no see aye?
AND RAGSY!  Hey there.  I miss all of you guys.  Been working on playing catch up with so many different things in my life.  Call me the freak that will get some sleep when she dies.  LOL.  Pheeeeeeeeeeeeeew life is good these days too.
Hope the Barbaro Family is doing  well & Greg ~~~ keep the pics and stories coming.
WOW this family is just blooming like a flower.  ♥ ♥ ♥``````````
stardustyrose 17 Jul 2010 9:07 AM
Haven't seen you in a long time. How are you?
Mike Relva 17 Jul 2010 9:40 AM
I agree with your description of Fairhill; it is a magnificent facility.  I recommend a visit to all FOBs.  Check their website for visitor info:
So when might "Lenny" return to the races?  Can't wait!
DC Native 17 Jul 2010 10:11 AM
wonderful journey, greg-thank you for crafting your thoughts and impressions
for others to realize
the hard work and great mindfulness that goes into making fair hill pristine and far away from the maddening crowds
so that the  barbaro brothers and other race horses--in MM barns can
bloom...and flourish as they learn their racing craft.
rendered with delightful details,respect and awe
  of lentenor and nicanor.
tickled you saw martita-sangrita..
bless your journey and them all
martita Goshen 17 Jul 2010 10:30 AM
those of us who have come to know and enjoy Greg over on ABR, knew he'd be the perfect person to moderate this blog.  AND Greg has all the information in a timely fashion so that no one need ever miss a race again!  If you ask Greg a question, he'll find the answer for you, if he doesn't already know it.  Very proud of our friend, Greg.  And, Rose -- great to see you back here!
Marigold 17 Jul 2010 11:25 AM
Hi Greg!
Wow, what a positive vibe Fair Hill exudes! Your story made me want to transport myself there ASAP.  And no flies! That alone is a miracle.  Thanks for keeping us up to date on the beautiful brothers.  I wish Mr. Matz and all his horses the very best!
Bonnie 17 Jul 2010 12:37 PM
I agree, Greg, you're a natural at this, so keep the stories coming.  Felt like I was right there beside you the entire time.
Thanks to Blood-Horse for this extra treat ... looking forward to more stories from Greg.
Love 'em all! 17 Jul 2010 1:15 PM
Wow! So glad to hear that Lenny is doing so well! Michael always does a great job with his horses, even back in the Grand Prix days. Never heard a negative thing about him. And no flies in the barn! See how much he cares about his horses' comfort??!!! Keep up the good work, Greg!
Linda Parker-Fedak, San Leandro, Ca 17 Jul 2010 1:18 PM
RUFYS75 17 Jul 2010 1:41 PM
Greg ~ Thanks for taking up the position on this Blog. We are starved for information on the BOB. (Brothers of Barbaro) We appreciate your information and especially the pictures. They are breath taking to see. I would give anything to see them in person !!
Linda / Maryland 17 Jul 2010 2:55 PM
Great opening article Greg! A perfect marriage - an original FOB family member officially reporting from the inside. BH was very smart to tap you for this "duty" - and all the connections continue to amaze with their willingness to share all the ups and downs with us crazy FOB fans. I'll be printing out all of these. Hi - from balmy Phoenix to the rest of my FOB "kin".
diastu 17 Jul 2010 3:27 PM
Hi Stardust
just looks like old times seeing you back again, hope you continue your visits..if nothing else to see these beautiful brothers of Barbaro...hopefully a sister?
Hey Lou
yes, I did forget Margano's name duh!! but I know if I miss something someone will set me straight afore too long...thanks..
Good Luck General Quarters, looking for a win or at least a show or place....
Ragsy 17 Jul 2010 3:27 PM
Hey Sandeith
go to throughbred and  put in "Riches Causeway" and you will see the yearling filly
(who is un-named) to Rags2Riches and Giants Causeway  she, I would guess is 1 1/2 years old by now...born a few days before Margano...Her next born is a colt by Henrythenavigator and I have a picture of him...Both offspring of Rags2Riches look like her..same beautiful chestnut
If a person had a stallion and wanted a foal from a particular mare, would a person be able to a deal and get a foal??  no idea here...
Ragsy 17 Jul 2010 3:43 PM
Greg, I would say you're off to a cosmic  start.  I really enjoyed reading a bit and then looking at the pictures  and imagining I was there too.  Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!  Please more more more!
Zowie 17 Jul 2010 4:58 PM
Great observations. Thank you so much for being our eyes and ears!
Barbara W 17 Jul 2010 5:20 PM
Hi Greg--been enjoying your posts (and photos) for quite a while now.  What a perfect gig this is for you!  Congrats--looking forward to seeing much more from you.
whitenoise 17 Jul 2010 8:11 PM
Ragsy -
I would love to see pictures of Rags' babies. I haven't see the filly since she was born & I don't think any pictures of the colt were ever posted.
MRO 17 Jul 2010 9:10 PM
Hey Greg!! Way Cool! Great job, too...could 'see it all' through your words...thanks to Debbie LA 'blue-ink-linking' on the Front Porch...I was able to see your great photos and read of your time with 'the boyz':) and Martita Sangrita, too! Wheeeee!
Barbaro's Forever Friend in CA 17 Jul 2010 9:20 PM
A really good week here, Marigold comes back, welcome back "Stardust", and Mike Relva it's been a long time, its just so good to "see" you guys again.
Ragsy, thank you SO MUCH for that tip, aren't these babies precious?
I also learned that LaVille Rouge is a Grandmother! Holy Ground, her first son, sired a filly (cute baby) in 2009, named Graced with Power. Holy Ground also won at Delaware Park, he ran on dirt and turf.
Greg, thank you again for such a well written story, you know how much this family means to us and that we love to hear this type of news. NO FLYS? Not even one? I hope you stay around for a long time and continue to write for us!
sandieh 17 Jul 2010 9:46 PM
I'm so envious....thank you for sharing.
Ida Lee 17 Jul 2010 11:02 PM
Wonderfully written!! Have read and re-read this blog.  Great to have a little insight into Lentenor's day and training.  Thank you Greg and Bloodhorse :)
Cassidy 17 Jul 2010 11:14 PM
Hey Greg
would you consider doing  group pictures of all brothers as foals or yearlings just to see them together...kinda like a growth and development idea?  
Ragsy 18 Jul 2010 8:05 AM
Awesome writing Greg! Next time stop by...I'm five minutes from there and cook a mean breakfast ;)
Stacy Hindt 18 Jul 2010 5:14 PM
Greg, any info on the LaVille Rouge yearling.  I know that everyone calls him Margano, but is the name official.
Mary 18 Jul 2010 6:49 PM
Nice article Greg....Bloodhorse will be richer with your knowledge and talent. Congratulations on the new gig!
Kathy from Toledo 18 Jul 2010 7:07 PM
Can't wait for part 2!!!!
Debbie L.A. 18 Jul 2010 9:34 PM
Answering for Greg.  Margano is his official name.  Check out the ealier article on him here.  He's a beautiful horse, just like his brothers.
Marigold 19 Jul 2010 12:22 PM
A sincere Thank You for all the kind words!  I should have the second half of my day, Part two: Nicanor, posted on Wednesday(I hope).
Thanks again...
BTW,  Lentenor had his second published work-out since his lay-off at Fair Hill this morning(July 19) on the dirt track, He went three Furlongs in 37 seconds(breezing).
Greg J. 19 Jul 2010 1:21 PM
thanks for the update!
Lentenor looks wonderful!
horsefan4ever 19 Jul 2010 1:40 PM
Greg I have been following your insights here on this blog and ABR for a long time. Based on your prior writing, your blog will be a must read on a daily basis. I have always thought that Lentenor had the regal bearing of a military horse ridden by Generals Grant or Lee. But of course all brothers of Barbaro are beautiful to me!
MONTANA 19 Jul 2010 1:48 PM
Thanks, Greg, for the first installment of your new blog.  I thoroughly enjoyed reading about your morning with Lentenor.  I'm really looking forward to reading about Barbaro's siblings.  And thank you, Ron for giving us the gift of Greg. This is going to be fun!
PattyTX1 19 Jul 2010 1:48 PM
Can't wait for the 2 year old to make his appearance! Hs he been named yet? I believe he will be the one to continue the greatness of Barbaro................
Pam W 19 Jul 2010 2:37 PM
What a wonderful day! Finally got a computer going and first thing I find out is that La Ville Rouge is expecting, there's news about Lentenor and finally the fact that Greg's the man! Couldn't get any better than this. Thanks to bloodhorse and Ron for putting Greg at the healm, he'll do us proud and Greg you are a lucky dog! Have been an admirer of yours, really enjoyed your past efforts on the Barbaro familys behalf and am looking forward to your future insight and contributions. Know you will add much pleasure for us all. I'm going to remember this day and enjoy every minute of it. Welcome aboard Greg Jones.
A devoted fan, Dona Russell    
Dona 19 Jul 2010 4:09 PM
Yes, Greg J is to be commended for his excellance with the blog,thank you,thank
Ragsy 19 Jul 2010 4:49 PM
Ms Carol A Marano RN, NYC 20 Jul 2010 12:33 AM
Thank you for your interesting and uplifting story about Lentenor. It is so good to see him in training again.
Also, congratulations on your new gig. I look forward to future stories from you. You are a captivating writer.
Kathy 20 Jul 2010 8:00 AM
Excellent article, well-written and informative.  It's a thrill to know that a fellow FOB will be keeping us up-to-date on our favorite Jackson Brothers!
Hatchery1 20 Jul 2010 8:00 AM
You are the best!  Your writing is gifted...I almost felt that nip from Lentenor, too!  Your description of the barn is what I'd always envisioned-spotless and fun!  So blessed to have you reporting the latest on our favorite brothers!
Linda 20 Jul 2010 9:22 AM
Graced With Power can be found at flyinglionfarm out of Florida.  For sale and goes by the name GRACE!! Beautiful horse..and they have a fab. web site...BEAUTIFUL..
Ragsy 20 Jul 2010 10:18 AM
I have Rags To Riches, Henrythenavigator foal picture  posted on my facebook page. This foal is just stunning...
Also Zenyatta pictures from the Apple Blossom, the colt pictures were never posted in the USA so I went to Coolmore Ireland and requested a picture and they were gracious enough to send me one...
he is can see the filly at tb pedigree and put in the name Riches Causeway and see her, she has not been officially named yet..
Ragsy 20 Jul 2010 10:31 AM
Mary & Pam W.,
As mentioned by Marigold, Margano is the official name of the youngest brother. Margano will stay at Mill Ridge Farm in Lexington until after the fall yearling sale in September and then he will be shipped to Stephens Thoroughbreds in Ocala, Fla., to begin his racing career.
Here is the latest information on Margano:
Greg J. 20 Jul 2010 11:06 AM
Greg, great job on Part I, anxiously waiting for Part II!
horsenut23 20 Jul 2010 1:59 PM
Greg J
Everything everyone has said of your article is true, its great and I too cant wait to see the rest...God bless...
Remember the talk about the hounds, well, I found both of the pages and all of the dogs were the same, same pictures same dogs same names from both sites. Interesting...
Ragsy 20 Jul 2010 7:17 PM
Greg.....wonder if you can find out if Nic is up at Saratoga with Michael and if per chance Lentenor will be going also.  Am going to be up there a couple of weekends and would love it if I could get a glimpse of our boys.  
lobieb 20 Jul 2010 7:34 PM
Send me an email at
and I will return pictures of Rags2Riches and foal plus another picture of the Henrythenavigator they are adorable...
Ragsy 21 Jul 2010 12:24 AM
Hi Mr. Jones,
What a wonderful story about your day with Lentenor!
I was so pleased to read that Mr. Matz's barn is very clean and no flies.
I am eager to read Part 2, 3, 4, 5, etc about Lentenor, Nicanor, and Baby Margeno.
Suggestion: why doesn't Mr. Matz have a website regarding his barn activities so his audience can read about those activities plus see photos of the beautiful horses and their surroundings?
Thank you for such a lovely update on Lentenor.
Lise from Maine 21 Jul 2010 9:44 AM
Greg, what a wonderful article, your love for horses and the boys in particular has always been evident.  Thank you Bloodhorse for allowing Greg to take over the blog.  I look forward to your sharing everything you can, and keeping us up to date on the brother's happenings.
Question: I will be going to Delaware Park about mid August, do you think Lentenor will be racing by then or will it still be a little too early?  Or perhaps Mr. Matz will move him to Saratoga? Thank you again for your wonderful insight and the article you penned.  Looking forward to many more.
BarbC 21 Jul 2010 1:17 PM
would ya consider putting a picture of Graced With Power by Holy Ground and let others see the Grand Daughter of La Ville Rouge.  Now, what would the relation to the Brothers be? Cousin?  heck I dont know in horses!! please and pretty please, I can email the picture from Juliana her owner...she has given permission if you want.......whatever you decide is fine with me...thanks
Ragsy 22 Jul 2010 4:34 PM
Ragsy, I think Graced With Power is the niece (since she is the daughter of Holy Ground) of Barbaro's family. Oh Boy, our family is getting bigger! And let's not forget Man in Havana who now goes by the name "Cuban", all of the boys are beautiful horses! love and carrots to all!
sandieh 22 Jul 2010 7:01 PM
WELL DONE GREG J...I've so missed your eloquence and all the  relevant information you have always so generously contributed.  Your devotion is unquestionable and I have no doubt you will continue to do a superior job keeping everyone updated in a prompt and informed manner.  What a coup for Bloodhorse and the blog.  Congrats and again, well done.  You certainly deserve it!
BGKY 22 Jul 2010 11:59 PM
Thanks Sandieh guess I am in twilight time here,what a laugh....a Niece, boy those Brothers need to get a glimpse of her... wouldnt that be devine or what...have a blessed day Sandieh...
Ragsy 23 Jul 2010 2:24 PM
Wednesday - Friday ok we'll give you some time - power outages suck, but can't wait for part 2!
PatC 23 Jul 2010 5:27 PM
Thank you Greg.  Margano looks like Dynaformer.  He's a beauty.
Mary 23 Jul 2010 7:10 PM
Something different  - I was watching a TVG telecast of Mountaineer races and noticed in the saddling area walking ring is a jockey with Lael colors in a small garden area. What does this commerate? Don't think I ever paid much attention before so I have no idea what it represents. Would appreciate any information regarding this.
Good luck to Bahama Bound tomorrow!
Dona 24 Jul 2010 12:04 AM
Congrats Greg! Being on the BH team I am sure is good for you and of course, it is GREAT for us! Having a FOB as a cannot get any better!!!!
Irene 24 Jul 2010 10:05 AM
Rachel Alexandra's win wonderful she did not work hard and gained much needed that girl...
Ragsy 24 Jul 2010 6:41 PM
I read somewhere that Man In Havana was really enjoying his new role, sure wish there was updates on these fabulous horses...God Bless all horses...
I think I will dump facebook too much time and trouble...
Ragsy 25 Jul 2010 8:59 AM
Irene..I didn't want you to think I hadn't answered your question about getting an FOB shirt.  I posted on all three TBBrother's sites and they were all taken off. I gave you a web site to go to but now I can't find it.  I think I'll ask Greg if could help me get the word out about the shirts. Don't know what else to do. Sorry. The web page is still on ABR but you will have to enroll as a member (free) in order to get on. Just enter an email address and a password. We are still trying to get enough shirts to place an order.
Lou in TX 26 Jul 2010 12:24 AM
Yes, having a small tornado hit your neighborhood and knock your power out for two days is NO fun, could have been worse though.  Part two will be posted tonight, thanks.
As far as Lentenor being ready by the middle of August?  I would say that would be a little too soon.  There is no rush and Lentenor will show Mr. Matz when he is ready.
About you seeing a jockey wearing the LAEL colors at Mountaineer?  I looked at all the entries and none were owned by The Jacksons.  Could have just been that the colors were similiar to the LAEL colors?
Thanks again to everyone for the kind words!
Greg J. 26 Jul 2010 7:45 AM
Holy Ground is one beautiful horse his mother La Ville Rouge sure produced some goodlooking horses and Grace looks like Grandmother priced to sell,  wonder what it costs to transport?  
Ragsy 26 Jul 2010 10:45 AM
Does anyone else notice how much Lentenor resembles Barbaro? Geez
My only problem is that I can't figure out why these horses are so lightly raced?  I would love to see a full brother/sister to Barbaro in a Ky Derby in the near future, but hey, to enter the Derby, they must have experience enough to qualify as Barbaro did. Come on Mike Matz, allow Dynaformer's progeny step up to the plate! Get them out there!
Aleine in VA 26 Jul 2010 12:34 PM
Greg, thank you for answering.  I certainly agree, there's no rush, we want them all healthy.  Has there been any word on how Nicanor is doing?  Looking forward to the second half of your article.
Thanks again.
BarbC 26 Jul 2010 12:52 PM
Hi Greg,
No, it was a statue of a jockey in a small gargen area that the horses walk around before entering the track. Was just wondering if anyone knew what this was. It definitely was the Lael colors. I checked every time the saddleing area was panned by the camera just to be sure.
Dona 26 Jul 2010 2:17 PM
Perhaps the statue at Mountaineer was for past winners of the WV Derby?  Ready Set (owned by the Jacksons) won in 2008 I believe.  
hsLewis 26 Jul 2010 3:48 PM
Aleine in Va,
I wouldn't really say these horses are lightly raced.  Nicanor had a bone bruise that took many months to heal, then he had to be trained up to racing fit which is more months.  It takes something like two months of galloping after a layoff before you will be asking for even a 2f breeze.  It will take probably another two months to be ready to run once you start breezing.
Some horses don't make it to the races as 2-year olds for one reason or another.  That's just the way it is and there isn't anything a trainer can do to change the way a baby develops.  Pushing to get a baby to the races is just setting the baby up for injury.
It is not uncommon for horses running in the upper levels to race at most once a month.  Many trainers give their horses some time off during the year, usually in the winter.
If I remember correctly, Lentenor raced in the fall and through the spring.  Lentenor must have given Matz a reason to stop on him and give him a break.  It might have been Lentenor was tired and needed the break or Matz might have decided that he would need a break sometime this year, and thought it was better in late spring/early summer than in the fall.
Although Lentenor didn't run in any of the Triple Crown races, he was training as if he was being pointed to those races.  The Triple Crown is a real grind on those horses since they don't get any down time between their two and three year old year.  Many horses end up done after the Triple Crown, simply because it is so grueling.
Things happen to keep horses out of the entries--sometimes they spike a fever before a race or maybe just aren't training well.  Or maybe they are showing stress.  Sometimes there isn't a race written that you want to enter.
Horses aren't in training without some kind of a plan.  Just because we aren't privy to the plan doesn't mean it doesn't exist.
Have patience.
JAJ 26 Jul 2010 9:58 PM
Can't wait for part II!!!
Dallas 27 Jul 2010 1:23 PM
Yes Ragsy, young Graced looks like her daddy, she looks about the same color as Rags to Riches "Baby Girl". And it looks like All of Laville Rouge's sons have the "star" on their forhead. And I won't mind comming down to help you hitch up!
I can't wait to hear if the lastest Babynor will be a filly or colt, but then again, I pray for a healthy baby horsey!
Nicky and Lennie and Margano, hope to hear some news on the boys soon, Greg spoiled us with such a good article, we are "jumping" online for part 2!And Greg, at the risk of sounding selfish, after you do an article on sweet Nicky, can you do one on Margano? Pleassssse? Good, good story, i was disappointed it had to end, I wanted to keep reading!
Sincere gratitude to Greg and Bloodhorse, and of course Roy and Gretchen Jackson for sharing news on this very dear family!
sandieh 27 Jul 2010 11:16 PM
I just want to reach out and touch them...yes, I think she will look like La Ville Rouge dont you, so very beautiful..hope you enjoyed the pictures I sent you...isnt the Henrythenavigator-Rags To Riches colt awesome!!! to me his neck sure looks long..
Ragsy 28 Jul 2010 12:58 PM
just a thank you for your wonderful insight into horse racing...I really enjoy reading your comments...
Ragsy 28 Jul 2010 1:03 PM
Ragsy, I certainly did enjoy the pictures, horses are truly beautiful animals. Wish I had about 50 acres, I would have a herd of them! Thanks again!
sandieh 28 Jul 2010 6:12 PM
I went back and looked at Holy Ground again and Grace does like daddy..but, he gets his looks from momma...
Ragsy 31 Jul 2010 1:38 PM
Lenny looks so much like Barbaro, it takes my breath away
horsefan4ever 03 Sep 2010 8:02 PM
Thank you for this wonderful article.
ivy77 12 Nov 2010 6:07 PM
Can you give us all an update about Nicanor, Lentenor, Morgano, and the new offspring of Dynaformer and Laville Rouge.  Haven't heard anything about them in a while.
Dianna 26 Jan 2011 2:56 AM


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