Latest News

Equestricon Looms in Saratoga

By | Latest News

Centennial Farms is absolutely delighted to be involved in the first ever Equestricon. Equestricon, the brainchild of Kathryn Sharp, Justin Nicholson, and Dan Tordjman, is a racing convention like no other. It is a fan festival and trade show that will bring together industry insiders, fans, horseplayers, and more for panels, discussions, meet and greets, entertainment, and a host of other activities. As proud sponsors of the event, you will be able to interact with us in a variety of ways.

Monday, August 14, 11am-noon: Centennial Farms Showcase
Don Little, Jr. will be joined by Peter Horvitz, Dr. Stephen Carr, and Jimmy Jerkens to discuss the history of Centennial Farms, how and why we do what we do, our latest additions, and answer any questions you might have. We are also thrilled to be premiering new videos to introduce you to all of Centennial that you won’t want to miss. The Showcase is open to all ticket holders, including general admission, and we are offering snacks to attendees.

Monday, August 14, 4pm-6pm: Perspectives: Social Media in Horse Racing
Susie Raisher joins a panel moderated by Penelope Miller of America’s Best Racing.

Tuesday, August 15, 3pm-5pm: Q&A Racing Syndicates
TVG’s Caton Bredar moderates a panel including Don Little, Jr. to discuss getting involved in thoroughbred ownership through partnerships and how to select the one that’s right for you.

Find Juba!
If you follow Centennial Farms on Twitter, undoubtedly you’ve seen Juba‘s costume ideas to try to sneak past security (we’ve heard they’re not zoned for horses) and attend Equestricon. We’ll be hiding ten of our favorite costumed Jubas throughout the convention area. If you find one, snap a picture of it or take a selfie, use the hashtag #IfoundJubaatEQCon17, and be eligible to win a prize!

Members of Centennial Farm will also be roaming Equestricon – please feel free to approach us any time!

Juba sports his Batman costume in preparation for Equestricon.

“Batjuba” is one of ten costumed Jubas that will be hidden during Equestricon.

Centennial Scores at Spa Sale

By | Latest News, Malibu, Pinewood

The Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale has been turning out some of racing’s best for 100 years. Man o’ War sold in just its second year of operation, while more recently four of the last six Belmont Stakes winners, including Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, have passed though the ring. Centennial Farms has found plenty of success shopping at the Spa each summer. Colonial Affair, Corinthian, and Unified are all graduates.

Dr. Stephen Carr and Paula Parsons, who head our acquisition team, tackled this year’s sale with the expertise, thoroughness, and precision they have brought for decades. The duo examined every colt in the sale, looking for the ideal combination of athleticism and pedigree. Through their careful screening process, Centennial Farms was able to add two new colts to the roster and offer the chance to get involved with two of the most exciting pedigrees in racing.

Hip 40, a son of Bodemeister out of the El Prado mare Recollect, was the first to fall under the hammer. The handsome colt is by the sire of this year’s Kentucky Derby winner, from a phenomenal Darby Dan Farm family that has been turning out stakes winners for decades.

A partnership with historic Spendthrift Farm offers the unique opportunity to be involved with a particularly exciting colt. Hip 218 is by Spendthift’s Malibu Moon, one of the top sires in the nation and a blossoming sire of sires. He is from a deep family that traces back to legendary Gallorette, and bred on the same cross as Kentucky Derby winner Orb.

The two colts are being offered separately in the 2017 Pinewood, LLC  and the 2017 Malibu, LLC.  5% interests are available in each. Please contact us with any questions or for more information on how you can be a part of their future.

Hip 40, 2017 Fasig-Saratoga Select Sale, Bodemeister - Recollect (El Prado)

Hip 40, Bodemeister – Recollect (El Prado) colt

Hip 218, 2017 Fasig-Saratoga Select Sale, Malibu Moon - Kiss the Lady (Quiet American)

Hip 218, Maibu Moon – Kiss the Lady (Quiet American) colt

Rocking the Spa

By | Latest News, Rocketry

After  couple narrow defeats to start the prestigious Saratoga meet, Centennial Farms got off the duck with an impressive victory by improving sophomore Rocketry.

Rocketry was named a “Rising Star” by the Thoroughbred Daily News after drawing away from a strong maiden field in June. Though he was defeated in his first start against winners, enduring some bad racing luck, he rebounded with an easy Saratoga score. There is no more prestigious meet in the nation than the Spa and thus no place more difficult to win. The big bay colt’s win stamped him as a true force to be reckoned with going long on the grass.

The celebration was particular sweet given what preceded it. Two races apart, just a few days prior, our Tiznow duo of Weather Wiz and Securitiz battled their way to runner-up efforts. The pair was beaten by less than 3/4-length combined.

With all three runners finishing in the top three, Centennial Farms is currently sitting just shy of a 70% on the board record for 2017. No other partnership with more than ten starters has a higher percentage, nor any based on North America’s toughest circuit, New York.

Centennial Farms in the winner's circle at Saratoga with Rocketry.

Members of Centennial Farms and the Jimmy Jerkens barn enjoy Rocketry’s Saratoga win with jockey Jose Ortiz.

Metallic Shines in Busy Weekend

By | Adulator, Latest News, Metallic, Pirate's Treasure, Unified

An action-packed weekend gave Team Centennial much reason for optimism and celebration across four different partnerships! Four runners at two tracks across two stakes headed back to the barn with a win, a second, and two thirds among them.

The partners in the Crescent, LLC enjoyed their group’s first victory, from just two starters, with a game, impressive victory from Metallic at Laurel Park. The son of Medaglia d’Oro battled along the rail throughout, drew clear, and held off a late charge. Rodney Jenkins has done a tremendous job with the colt and is enthusiastic about his bright future.

Stable star Unified was the headliner of the weekend at Aqueduct. The multiple graded stakes winner made his Grade 1 debut as the highweight in the Carter Handicap. Though he just missed running down a loose-on-the-lead longshot winner, Green Gratto, it was a big performance from the colt who has developed in to one of the best sprinters in the country under the watchful eye of Jimmy Jerkens.

Pirate’s Treasure was involved in a wildly-run Wood Memorial Day nightcap. The New York-bred continues to develop mentally with each start and has improved his finish with each effort, crossing the wire third.

Rounding out the weekend was Adulator, looking to rebound after a disappointing seasonal debut at Gulfstream Park. A speed favoring track made things difficult, but he came running and galloped out well to finish third in a strong field.

The quartet’s encouraging efforts moved our on the board percentage above 63% in 2017, with every reason to believe they’ll continue to make our partners proud.

Ride into the Future

By | Candygram, Latest News

The OBS March Sale has a long history of churning out top class racehorses. Six champions, 24 millionaires, and six horses accounting for seven Breeders’ Cup victories have emerged from the Ocala, Florida showcase. In fact, graduates have won or placed in over 230 stakes races, including over 80 graded, since the beginning of 2016 alone. The hard work of the Centennial Farms acquisition team, led by the uniquely experienced and successful duo of Paula Parsons and Dr. Stephen Carr, combed through this year’s offerings. We are thrilled that they found a colt who represents our ideal of an athletic frame paired with a stallion’s pedigree.

Undefeated, record-breaking Candy Ride has been a universally successful sire who we are intimately familiar with as the sire of our multiple graded stakes winner Unified. The newest Candy Ride on the roster is a rugged colt out of $150,000 stakes winner Church Camp. Winner of the Santa Lucia Stakes at Santa Anita, Church Champ is the dam of promising Singsong, a maiden special weight and allowance winner on the NYRA circuit at two. The bay colt hails from the family of multiple graded stakes winner Middlesex Drive and traces back to the great foundation mare, Frizette, also ancestress of Mr. Prospector and Seattle Slew, and via the same branch as Champion Sprinter Shecky Greene.

We are thrilled to offer the opportunity to invest in the future of this promising colt. Check out the Woodland, LLC for more information and contact us any time for details.

Candygram, Candy Ride colt, Hip 437, 2017 OBS March 2 Year Old Sale

Unified Sweeter With Time

By | Latest News, Unified

Much of the pre-race attention regarding Saturday’s G3 Gulfstream Park Sprint revolved around the outside horse, Mind Your Biscuits. The focus was warranted. The four-year-old entered the race off of three straight triple digit Beyers, including crossing the wire third in the G1 Breeders’ Cup Sprint and taking the G1 Malibu. The spotlight began to shift inside, however, when the horses entered the paddock.

Unified drew instant attention from commentators on his appearance, drawing rave reviews from Gulfstream’s Gabby Gaudet before being selected as Caton Bredar’s paddock pick on TVG. The feedback reflected highly on the job done by both Paula Parsons during his summer and fall break in Middleburg, Virginia and Jimmy Jerkens since rejoining the track in December. The dark bay colt lived up to his looks from the get-go. Unified broke on top beneath Jose Ortiz, opened up down the stretch, and had enough left in the tank off of the June layoff to hold off the G1 winner.

The stunning performance ran Unified’s record to four wins from five starts, including three graded stakes victories and undefeated going one turn. Everything indicates he has nothing but upside for the remainder of his career, after which he is slated to retire alongside his sire, Candy Ride, at Lane’s End Farm. Enjoy some of the coverage and feedback from Unified’s four-year-old debut!

The Blood-Horse coverage of Unified's victory.
The Daily Racing Form's coverage of Unified's victory.


Racing Underway in 2017

By | Crescent, Latest News, Rocketry

After enduring a little bad luck of the equine and racing office variety, the Centennial Farms 2017 racing season is officially underway! The Crescent LLC’s Rocketry made his career debut going 7 1/2 furlongs on the turf at Gulfstream Park. It proved to be a terrific learning experience for the big colt, who came flying late after trailing the field.

That effort sets the stage for what could be a terrific year for Centennial Farms. Virtually all of the principles are back from a big 2016 that produced some impressive stats for our boutique stable:

• No syndicate with fewer starters had more victories
• No syndicate with fewer starters had as many top-3 finishes
• Finished the year among the top 15 syndicates by money won, despite nearly twenty fewer starts than any entity who earned more.
• Finished the year with over 20% wins
• Multiple stakes horses from multiple partnerships

While looking back at the year that was can provide indication of what’s to come, stats don’t do justice to the possibilities that abound for the remainder of 2017. All three of last year’s stakes performers are back in training at Palm Meadows Thoroughbred Training Center with the benefit of fall freshenings in Middleburg, Virginia in the rearview mirror. Leading the way is multiple graded stakes winner Unified, whose early target is the G1 Carter at Aqueduct Racetrack in April. He’s joined by stakes-placed Securitiz, the current elder statesman of the stable, and improving Adulator.

A bevy of lightly raced and unraced prospects are gearing up for promising careers. Every member of the Crescent and Empire partnerships have joined their racetrack families and are actively moving forward. In the meantime, the two-year-old class could not be more impressive under the watchful eye of Paula Parsons. The mix of proven, improving, and promising horses that comprises the roster has us absolutely thrilled about the eleven months ahead. Reach out any time if you’re ready to take the step to share in the excitement!

Rocketry and Nik Juarez parade to post at Gulfstream Park.

Allegiant Pedigrees Go From Hot to Scorching

By | Allegiant, Latest News

The pedigrees behind the colts of the Allegiant, LLC just keep getting hotter. When the quintet was selected by the Centennial Farms acquisition team, we knew they were outstanding physical specimens backed by exciting families. That excitement has only skyrocketed since the Keeneland September sale. Every sire involved in Allegiant with offspring of racing age has unleashed a new star since we brought the colts home.

Leading the way is Pioneerof the Nile’s son Classic Empire, winner of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, presumed Eclipse Award winner for Champion Two-Year-Old Male, and likely early favorite for the Kentucky Derby. Classic Empire, like our colt, is out of a mare from the Storm Cat line, a characteristic they both share with Pioneerof the Nile’s Triple Crown-winning son American Pharoah. Unlike the dams of either Classic Empire or American Pharoah, the dam of our colt is by Storm Cat himself, rather than a son, and hails from a star-studded family that includes a Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies winner.

Freshman sire Union Rags was already responsible for one Grade 1 winner when we purchased a son of his out of Life Lesson. Not long after, he added a second Grade 1 to his resume in Alcibiades Stakes winner Dancing Rags. He is the only freshman sire to produce more than one winner at the highest level. In addition, he is the sire of G2 Remsen runner-up No Dozing, who experienced a wide trip in a race which has often proven to be a key stepping stone to bigger things.

Perhaps the two juvenile colts who have impressed the most post-Breeders’ Cup are Mastery (Candy Ride) and McCraken (Ghostzapper). Both are undefeated and generating serious Kentucky Derby discussion. Mastery, who sports Storm Cat on the bottom side just like our Candy Ride colt, was an easy winner of Del Mar’s G3 Bob Hope. McCraken drew off to victory in the G2 Kentucky Jockey Club at Churchill Downs on their popular “Stars of Tomorrow II,” card.

The fifth and last sire represented in the Allegiant, LLC is Kentucky Derby winner Orb. The multiple Grade 1 winner’s first crop is comprised of yearlings, but that hasn’t stopped him from enhancing his reputation as he awaits his first runners in 2017. With the major sales of 2016 wrapped, Orb stands as the leading first crop sire by average and median.

While their relatives continue to impress, the colts themselves are progressing nicely in their early training at our Middleburg, Virginia farm with Paula Parsons. Ownership interests are still available in the Allegiant, LLC. Please contact the office for more information or a hard copy brochure.

Five Outstanding Colts Unite as Allegiant, LLC

By | Allegiant, Latest News

One is a three-quarter brother to one of the most electrifying, popular champions of the last few years. Another is by the leading freshman sire and is a half-brother to an impressive juvenile. A third is from the first crop of a Kentucky Derby winner and from the family of a leading sire. Keep going and you’ll find a colt bred on the same cross as a Triple Crown winner and a son of a Hall of Famer. They are Centennial’s Allegiant, LLC quintet and the opportunity is now available to call them your own.

Each of the five colts was put through the ringer at the Keeneland September Sale by our acquisition experts, Dr. Stephen Carr and Paula Parsons. Both bring decades of experience to the evaluation process. Using pedigree analysis, physical assessments, and veterinary exams, they have proven their ability to identify superior athletes with the potential to become coveted stallions. Their diligence allows to bring home incredible prospects from a sale whose graduates, in 2016 alone, have accounted for over 140 graded stakes wins, with better than 35 at the Grade 1 level. No other racing partnership with prolonged experience or success offers the opportunity to invest in as many colts from the country’s elite yearling sale this year.

The individuals that comprise the Allegiant, LLC group are:

  • Hip 179: Ghostzapper – Ansong, by Mizzen Mast
  • Hip 443: Pioneerof the Nile – La Maestranza, by Storm Cat
  • Hip 457: Union Rags – Life Lesson, by Unbridled’s Song
  • Hip 522: Candy Ride – Multitasker, by Bertrando
  • Hip 863: Orb – Holdontoyourdream, by Proud Citizen

All five have already settled in at our farm in Middleburg, VA and are undergoing their early lessons in becoming racehorses. We could not be more delighted with them and are thrilled to be inviting you to become partners in their exceptionally bright futures.

Learn more about Allegiant LLC or contact us for a hard copy brochure and further information on how to get involved.

Popular Juba Retired to Stud

By | Juba, Latest News

Fan favorite Juba has been retired from racing and will enter stud at Taylor Mountain Farm in Charles Town, West Virginia for the 2017 season.

The popular son of leading sire Tapit retires with three wins and earnings in excess of $175,000. After an injury derailed his sophomore season, Juba’s good looks, captivating personality, and a fan-created, Centennial-endorsed twitter account surprisingly launched him in to the public eye. He returned to the races with aplomb at four, demonstrating bristling speed and considerable grit. Juba put in his best performance at five – a tour de force victory in a stacked 7 furlong, third level allowance at Belmont Park, winning by better than six lengths.

Taylor Mountain Farm is a well known family farm operated by generations of Mid-Atlantic horsemen. Patriarch James W. Casey, who founded the farm with his late wife, Eleanor, is widely known as the trainer of Russell Road, one of the most successful West Virginia-breds of all time. Juba joins graded stakes winners Denis of Cork, Luftikus, and Windsor Castle on the Taylor Mountain Farm roster. All three, along with their late Charitable Man, rank among the top eleven leading general sires in West Virigina. Juba is the first son of Tapit to enter stud in the Mountain State.

Taylor Mountain Farm will announce a stud fee at a later date. Visitors are available by appointment only or via pre-announced area tours.