The Centennial Farms record of placing stallions at stud continues to get gaudier! Candygram has joined the roster at Taylor Mountain Farm in West Virginia. Taylor Mountain has long been one of the leading farms in the state and is located not far from our Middleburg base. Centennial fan-favorite Juba joined the roster at the conclusion of his racing career in 2016 – his first crop hits the races this year. Candygram’s looks, talent, and pedigree make him an exciting addition to the region and we look forward to watching him capitalize on his opportunities.
Surrounded by graded stakes winners, Candygram made his stakes debut in Belmont Park’s State Dinner Stakes to close out our thrilling spring/summer meet in Elmont. The colt found himself in tough – every other member of the field had already scored in elite company. Undeterred, he acquitted himself well with a runner-up effort after being hung wide. The second place finish added important black-type to his record.
Sometimes all you can say is wow! Candygram delivered that kind of performance at Belmont Park, powering clear to a 5 1/2-length victory despite drifting out and being geared down late. The victory drew rave reviews and stamps this talented colt as one to watch down the line.
Candygram (2-1) drifts out in stretch but was still quite impressive taking this second-level allowance, running a mile in 1:34.45 under a hold from @Juniorjockey and he galloped out like a train for @J_JerkensRacing and @Centennial_Farm
— David Grening (@DRFGrening) May 17, 2019
That was a seriously impressive score by Candygram. He dueled Its All Relevant into the ground and kicked for home better than the closers. There could be graded stakes on the horizon for this guy if he keeps it up.
— David Aragona (@HorseToWatch) May 17, 2019
— Andy Serling (@andyserling) May 17, 2019
The Palm Meadows-based horses and the Jimmy Jerkens crew that cares for them have made their way back to beautiful Belmont Park for the season. It didn’t take long for them to make it to the winner’s at Aqueduct. Candygram, who ran well in two Gulfstream Park efforts, cruised to a comfortable 5 1/2-length allowance victory. The victory places Centennial Farms’ at an impressive 30% win rate as racing action prepares to move back to Elmont through mid-July.
Candygram’s fourth lifetime start proved to be a sweet one, as the sophomore broke out of the maiden ranks with a confident score at Belmont Park. It was a particularly special one, as it allowed some partners new to thoroughbred ownership to take their first trip to the winner’s circle!
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.