Leon King Stable Corp.’s Bentornato continues to impress with each start as the Florida-bred colt is now a perfect four-for-four with another commanding victory Saturday at Gulfstream Park in the seven-furlong Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners’ Association Florida Sire Stakes Affirmed.
Should the son of Bridlewood Farm stallion Valiant Minister win the $400,000 FTBOA Florida Sire Stakes In Reality going a mile-and-a-sixteenth at Gulfstream on Dec. 2, he would join 10 other colts who have swept the series first run in at Calder Race Course in 1982—the most recent being Awesome Strong last year.
Ridden by Emisael Jaramillo for trainer Jose D’Angelo and owner Leon King Stable, Bentornato went seven furlongs in 1:23.50 and paid $3.60 as the favorite.
The Affirmed was the third career stakes victory for Bentornato having won the $90,000 Proud Man by four-and-a-half lengths at six furlongs on Aug. 12 before winning the Dr. Fager. He won a maiden special weight against fellow Florida-breds on debut over a sloppy five furlongs on July 1.