Loveherheart first winner for Darby Dan’s Klimt

Loveherheart wins a Santa Anita MdSpWt on June 4, 2021 - Benoit photo

Loveherheart ran her rivals off their feet in a Santa Anita maiden special weight on Friday, becoming the first winner for Darby Dan Farm’s freshman sire Klimt.

Ridden by Juan Hernandez, Loveherheart took command at the start of the five-furlong event. She widened her advantage throughout, romping to a 5 ½-length score for owners Alydom Racing, Rudy Barragan, Ross Lerner, and Craig and Ellie Russell, and trainer Andrew Lerner.

The bay filly, who is produced from the Yonaguska mare Lustful, was bred in Kentucky by Lee McMillin and Anita Cauley. She was a $50,000 graduate of this year’s OBS March sale where she was bought by Nick Hines, agent.

Klimt was a top 2-year-old of 2016. Named a TDN Rising Star, he captured the Best Pal Stakes (G2) by 2 ¾ lengths in just his third career start, before rolling to a dominant 4 ½- length victory in the Del Mar Futurity (G1), where he ran seven furlongs in 1:21.80. By Quality Road, Klimt is out of the stakes-placed Dixie Union mare Inventive and hails from the immediate family of Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) winner Concern.

For more information about Klimt, please contact Ryan Norton at (859) 254-0424, via e-mail at [email protected], or visit