Bentornato runs a strong 3rd in the $1.5 million Saudi Derby (G3)

Leon King Stable’s Florida-bred Bentornato , who won the first four starts of his career including clear victories last year in the first two Florida Sires Stakes series races, stalked the pace early and seized the lead from Set Up in the turn. He would briefly open a clear advantage under Luis Saez. But coming out of that New Jersey-bred Book’em Danno would engage his fellow U.S. runner and opened a clear advantage in the stretch for Irad Ortiz Jr. before Forever Young’s record-breaking heroics.

Bentornato, who is trained by Jose D’Angelo, held for third.

Bentornato is out of Her Special Way, by Put It Back and was bred by Tanma Corp. He was a $270,000 purchase by Champion Equine at the 2023 Ocala Breeders’ Sales March Sale where he was consigned by Golden Rock Thoroughbreds. He also sold for $45,000 as a yearling at the 2022 OBS October Sale where Pro Racing Stable selected him out of the Stuart Morris consignment.