2-year old colt named after Jared Lorenzen
Now, it's Belmont-winning owner and Kentucky native Tracy Farmer who is paying tribute to the former Wildcats quarterback and UK Athletics Hall of Famer.
According to Horse Racing Nation, Farmer will name his 2-year-old colt 'Lorenzen' after the record-setting UK signal caller who passed away from complications arising from heart and kidney issues at the age of 38 on July 3.
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"It's the least we could do," Farmer told Horse Racing Nation. "I think a great deal of him — the hardship and what he had to overcome. I admire him greatly."
The New York-bred 2-year-old colt sold for $205,000 at Saratoga's 2018 yearlings sale and will be trained by Mark Casse, who also trained Sir Winston, winner of the 2019 Belmont Stakes.
Farmer, a Bluegrass native who has served on the University of Kentucky's Board of Trustees and established UK's Institute for Sustainability and the Environment with a $2 million gift in 2000, is also a UK football season ticket holder.
"You never know what kind of horses these are," Farmer said. "You know how that is, but I go to all the football games and was a great fan of his. It's just in honor of him."
'Lorenzen', who is currently training in Ocala, Fla., will soon ship to Churchill Downs in Louisville to prepare for his racing debut. Ironically, Lorenzen made his first start as UK quarterback at Louisville in 2000.
A four-year starter for Kentucky from 2000 to 2003, Lorenzen was one of the biggest personalities, most prolific passers in SEC history and one of the most beloved Kentucky football players of all-time.
As a freshman in 2000, Lorenzen led the SEC in passing with freshman record 3,687 yards, including a single-game record 528 vs. Georgia, setting a total of six NCAA records in the process. He is still Kentucky's all-time leader in passing yards with 10,354, ranks second behind only Andre Woodson in career passing touchdowns and is fourth all-time at UK in single-season passing yards. He was inducted into the UK Athletics Hall of Fame in 2015.
"We are heartbroken for Jared’s family and friends," UK head coach Stoops said in a statement. "Since I've been here, it has been obvious that he was one of the most popular players in school history. He was a proud member of the Kentucky football family and he will be greatly missed by the Big Blue Nation."
Lorenzen was laid to rest in Edgewood, Kentucky Wednesday.
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