The September Sale at Keeneland is the place to be when looking for a yearling thoroughbred racing prospect. Graduates routinely find success at the highest level around the world, from the Triple Crown to Royal Ascot to Dubai to the Breeders’ Cup. In 2016 alone, they have accounted for over 140 graded stakes wins, with better than 35 at the Grade 1 level. Centennial Farms’ acquisition experts, Dr. Stephen Carr and Paula Parsons, used a series of physical assessments, veterinary exams, and pedigree analysis to form a short list. This time-tested method identifies elite athletes with all the attributes necessary to become a popular stallion prospect. We couldn’t be more delighted with our new additions for our latest partnership:
- 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
The 2016 Allegiant, LLC quintet includes sons of some of the hottest sires in racing. They are from remarkable, deep families with a proven history of producing top-class horses, including leading sire Distorted Humor, Breeders’ Cup winner Cash Run, and champion Shared Belief.
CANDY RIDE – MULTITASKER, by BERTRANDO
Candy Ride was one of the top five leading sires of 2015 and most notably the sire of Champion Shared Belief and Centennial’s own Multiple Graded Stakes winner, Unified.
Undefeated at two, Shared Belief captured the Hollywood Prevue Stakes (gr. III) and the CashCall Futurity (gr. I), in which he scored by nearly six lengths, in his last two starts as a juvenile. The following year, Shared Belief took, in succession, an allowance event, the Los Alamitos Derby (gr. II), the Pacific Classic Stakes (gr. I), and the Awesome Again Stakes (gr. I), and then ended the year with a win in the Malibu Stakes (gr. I). In just two starts at four, prior to a career-ending injury, Shared Belief defeated California Chrome to take the San Antonio Invitational Stakes (gr. II), and took the Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) by 4¼ lengths. In addition to his Eclipse Award earned at two, Shared Belief was ranked as a highweight on the World Thoroughbred Rankings at four.
This colt is not only a son of Candy Ride, but is also a three-quarters brother to Shared Belief. We should note, too, that Candy Ride, a brilliant, undefeated Champion, has sired in addition to Shared Belief, eight other grade one winners including Sidney’s Candy, Twirling Candy, Evita Argentina, Misremembered, Capt. Candyman Can, El Brujo and Home Sweet Aspen.
The dam, three-time winner Multitasker, a daughter of Champion Bertrando, is not only half-sister to Shared Belief, but also a sister to stakes performer and producer Double Major, and half-sister to graded stakes winner Little Miss Holly. The granddam, Common Hope – by Storm Cat – is a three-quarters sister to Yankee Gentleman, a fast stakes winner who appears as broodmare sire of American Pharoah, and also half-sister to grade one winner Key Phrase. Common Hope is also a three-quarters sister to the very successful sire, Tribal Rule.View Pedigree
Purchased for $320,000
UNION RAGS – LIFE LESSON by UNBRIDLED’S SONG
Champagne (gr. I) and Belmont Stakes (gr. I) captor Union Rags is currently the only Freshman Sire of 2016 who has sired a grade one winner, Del Mar Debutante winning filly Union Strike.
The dam, Life’s Lesson, is a speedy multiple stakes placed daughter of Unbridled’s Song – sire this year of the sensational Arrogate, and already broodmare sire of 112 stakes winners, 11 of them grade one winners.
Life’s Lesson’s dam is Maria’s Mon’s talented daughter Wander Mom, a winner of three stakes events, including the My Charmer Handicap (gr. III) and four times graded stakes placed, including in the Garden City Breeders’ Cup Handicap (gr. I). Wander Mom’s dam, Wander Storm, a daughter of Storm Bird, is half-sister to the dam of three-time graded stakes winner Fumino Imagine and to Bright Image, the granddam of stakes winner Rod’s Five Star.
In addition, the dam of Wander Storm is Vivid Imagination, winner of the Golden Rod Stakes (gr. III) and also half-sister to Champion Serena’s Song, the dam of group one winner Sophisticat, graded stakes winners Harlington, Grand Reward and Schramsberg, and dam of stakes winners Serene Melody and Serena’s Tune, and ancestress of multiple grade one winner Honor Code and 2016 graded stakes winning juvenile Made You Look.
This colt is bred on a very similar cross to the graded stakes winning juvenile Garden District, who is by Union Rags’s sire, Dixie Union, out of a mare by Unbridled’s Song.View Pedigree
*Since the purchase of this colt, Union Rags became the sire of a second Grade 1 winner from his first crop. Dancing Rags took the Alcibiades at Keeneland, which also served to extend Union Rags’s lead in the freshman sire standings.*
Purchased for $250,000
ORB – HOLDONTOYOURDREAM, by PROUD CITIZEN
A Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Florida Derby (gr. I) victor by Malibu Moon, Orb is currently represented by a very favorably-received first crop of yearlings. Centennial’s son of Orb is out of a young graded stakes performing mare, and from a stallion producing family.
This colt’s dam, Holdontoyourdream, won twice, and captured third in the Comely Stakes (gr. III) in her first four starts. Holdontoyourdream’s only previous starter, Proud ‘n’ Ready, is a winner in 2016. Holdontoyourdream is half-sister to the speedy Liam’s Dream, a winner of four races, including the Cicada Stakes (gr. III) and Wonder’s Delight Stakes, and also captured third in the Forward Gal Stakes (gr. II).
Holdontoyourdream is out of Danzig’s Dreamer, a half-sister to Distorted Humor. Winner of the Churchill Downs Handicap (gr. II), Commonwealth Handicap (gr. II), Ack Ack Handicap (gr. III) and Salvator Mile Handicap (gr. III), Distorted Humor is a multiple Leading Sire, whose offspring include Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Funny Cide, Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Drosselmeyer, and other grade one winners, Flower Alley, Commentator, Any Given Saturday, Hystericalady and Awesome Humor. In addition, Danzig’s Dreamer is also half-sister to the multiple stakes winning and graded placed Dancing Gulch.
Danzig’s Beauty, the dam of Danzig’s Dreamer, captured the Gardenia Stakes (gr. II) and also took second in the Acorn Stakes (gr. I). She is a daughter of the Orchid Handicap (gr. II) and Matron Handicap (gr. II) victress, Sweetest Chant.
This colt is a product of the same Malibu Moon/Gone West cross that produced grade one winner Malibu Prayer. He is also inbred to the hugely influential Fappiano through his Champion sons, Unbridled and Rubiano, something that is also found in the pedigrees of Champion Will Take Charge and group and graded stakes winners Intelligence Cross and War DispatchView Pedigree
Purchased for $240,000
PIONEEROF THE NILE – LA MAESTRANZA by STORM CAT
A horse with a pedigree of the moment is this colt who is bred on the same cross as last year’s Triple Crown victor American Pharoah, and who is out of a mare bred on the cross that produced the dam of this year’s Kentucky Derby (gr. I) captor, Nyquist.
There are few more exciting young stallions at stud than this colt’s sire, Pioneerof the Nile. Winner of the CashCall Futurity (gr. I) and Santa Anita Derby (gr. I), and a fine second in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), Pioneerof the Nile is siring graded stakes winners at a faster rate than any horse of his generation. They already include the Triple Crown hero American Pharoah; 2016 graded one scorer Midnight Storm; 2016 two-year-old graded winners Classic Empire and Levante Lion; and other graded stakes winners Cairo Prince, Jojo Warrior, Dark Nile and Vinceremos.
La Maestranza, the dam of this colt, is a daughter of the legendary sire Storm Cat. She is a sister to stakes winning and multiple group placed Great War Eagle, and three-quarters sister to the King’s Bishop Stakes (gr. I) winner, Forestry, a classic sire, who is also the broodmare sire of Nyquist.
The second dam, the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) heroine, Cash Run, is three-quarters sister to the grade two winning Golden Spikes. Her dam, Shared Interest, numbered the Ruffian Stakes (gr. I) among her triumphs, and is half-sister to the exceptional sprinter, Sewickley, twice winner of the Vosburgh Stakes (gr. I), and is out of Surgery, a daughter of the immortal Dr. Fager and Bold Sequence. Bold Sequence herself is also a three-quarters sister to the breed-shaping sire, Mr. Prospector.
This colt, who owns an outstanding stallion pedigree – is bred on the same Pioneerof the Nile cross that produced American Pharoah, his promising sister American Cleopatra, and the 2016 graded stakes winning two-year-old Classic Empire. The pedigree is given added appeal by linebreeding to Mr. Prospector and his family.View Pedigree
*Since the purchased of this colt, Pioneerof the Nile added another Grade 1 winner to his resume. Classic Empire took the Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland. Like this colt, Classic Empire is out of a mare from the Storm Cat-line.*
Purchased for $220,000
GHOSTZAPPER – ANSONG by MIZZEN MAST
A genuine phenomenon, Ghostzapper earned honors as Horse of the Year, and following his maiden stakes victory in the Vosburgh Stakes (gr. I) at three, ran through the rest of his career undefeated, adding the Tom Fool Handicap (gr. II), Philip H. Iselin Breeders’ Cup Handicap (gr. III), Woodward Stakes (gr. I), Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I) and Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I). He set the still standing stakes record when capturing the Breeders’ Cup Classic in 1:59.02 recording an astonishing 128 Beyer Speedfigure, the fastest ever beyond six furlongs.
At stud, Ghostzapper has sired 48 stakes winners, including Champions Judy the Beauty, Shaman Ghost and Hunter’s Bay, and grade one winners Moreno, Better Lucky, Stately Victor, Contested, Starship Truffles and Greenzapper.
Centennial’s son of Ghostzapper is the second foal of his dam, Ansong. Dam of a 2016 winner with her first foal, Ansong is a stakes placed three-quarters sister to Chorwon, a tough, record-breaking millionaire who captured seven black type events, including the Kentucky Cup Turf Handicap (gr. III). Ansong is also half-sister to Yukon Robbery, a multiple stakes winner of $456,421; to stakes winner Kumhwa; to Seoul, the dam of Ansong’s close relative, the multiple graded stakes winner Rush Bay, and granddam of graded stakes winner Itsaknockout.
This colt is a product of the Ghostzapper/Caro cross that has produced five stakes performers, and three stakes winners, including graded winners Za Approval and Mr. Maybe.View Pedigree
Purchased for $180,000
The total capitalization of this group is $2,100,000 with all expenses paid through December 2017. Investments are available starting at a minimum of $52,500 for a 2.5% percent interest. We are eagerly awaiting the future of these stunning colts and can’t wait for you to join us on their journeys. Please contact the office for more information or if you would like a hard copy brochure.