Kenlova is the second named foal of multiple Group 2-placed Love It, whose sire, 2005 Anglesey Stakes (IRE-G3) winner Amigoni, is a son of the great Danzig stallion Danehill. Love It is a half sister to 2018 Grande Prêmio Piratininga (BRZ-G3) winner Nevisk (by Jeune-Turc) and is out of Group 3-placed Jolie Camila (by the winning Mr. Prospector horse Golden Voyager), whose half sister Jazz Band (by Refuse to Bend) won the 2015 Grande Premio Presidente Antonio Grisi Filho (BRZ-G2).
The next dam in Kenlova’s tail-female line, Group 3-placed Starina, is by 1984 Grande Premio Proclamação da República (BRZ-G2) winner Odysseus (a paternal grandson of Never Bend) and is out of Imila, whose sire Rhone won the 1971 Grande Prêmio Cruzeiro do Sul (Brazilian Derby). Imila, in turn, is out of the Ghadeer mare First Valley, a half sister to multiple Brazilian Group 1 winner Belle Valley. Ghadeer, a Group 3-winning son of Lyphard, rewrote the Brazilian record books as a sire, leading his adoptive country’s sire list six times and the broodmare sire list fourteen times, and Kenlova is only one of hundreds of high-class Brazilian runners whose performances and pedigrees attest to the widespread influence he has had.
Kenlova’s family does not have quite the depth of black type of some female lineages, but hers is a young family with only 34 years spanning her own birth and that of her fifth dam, First Valley. With many relatively young, well-bred mares in production at once, such families can experience sudden bursts of activity that rapidly upgrade the catalog pages of its members. Aside from her own prospects as a broodmare, Kenlova’s successes will probably secure improved opportunities for her close female relatives as well. Time will tell whether she represents an isolated burst of brilliance or the emergence of a new matriarchy.