First Gronk, Now Lebron: Phoenix Names $1.2 Million Juvenile For Another Star Athlete

Phoenix Thoroughbreds seems to have the market cornered on naming their horses after star athletes. First, New England Patriots football star Rob Gronkowski had a son of Lonhro named in his honor, who would go on to run second in this year’s Belmont Stakes. Now, Phoenix’s Triple Crown dreams are turning to juvenile “Lebron J.”

Named for basketball star Lebron James, the 2-year-old son of Medaglia d’Oro was the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sales-topper in May, bringing a final bid of $1.2 million. Selected by Dennis O’Neill, the colt was sent to trainer Doug O’Neill’s barn in California.

Since he is so physically impressive & we hope he will be the equivalent of a rookie of the year, we have received approval from The Jockey Club to name the @FasigTiptonCo Midlantic sale topper LEBRON J. Here’s hoping the Medaglia d’Oro colt can slam dunk for #TeamPhoenix! pic.twitter.com/SM2ToQP5h2

— Phoenix Thoroughbred (@PhoenixThoroug1) May 25, 2018

Lebron J, the horse, has two recorded workouts at Santa Anita Park, both at three furlongs. He breezed in :38.2 on June 25, and stepped it up Monday morning to breeze in :37.40.

When Gronkowski, the horse, ran in the Belmont Stakes, not only did his human counterpart attend the race, but he also purchased a share in the talented colt. Will Lebron James, who recently signed a four-year contract with the LA Lakers, do the same?

Hip 565 c. MEDAGLIA D’ORO sells for $1.2M at the Midlantic 2YO Sale! Colt was purchased by Dennis O’Neill from the consignment of Hartley/de Renzo Thoroughbreds. #FTMD2YO https://t.co/QGpRxMlM3f @DarleyStallions pic.twitter.com/nxNEiQIDfu

— Fasig-Tipton (@FasigTiptonCo) May 22, 2018

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