Rocketry’s late season surge, capped by a victory in the G2 Marathon presented by the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, led the way during a terrific 2018 season for Centennial Farms and our loyal partners. The hard work by Paula Parsons and Dr. Carr in diligently selecting world-class athletes to prepare and oversee resulted in a whopping fourteen victories once in the hands of Jimmy Jerkens. Nearly 30% of our starters were winners over the course of the year, with over 50% finishing in the top three. We were absolutely thrilled to bring our partners to the winner’s circle at some of the nation’s most prestigious meetings, including a trio of victories at unrivaled Saratoga and a victory during the first of two Breeders’ Cup cards. Here’s to more success in 2019!
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!
Check in with the Centennial two-year-olds as they progress in their training at the farm in Middleburg, Virginia. All six colts are galloping daily and doing some early gate work at the Training Center. Ownership interests are still available in the 2015 Empire, LLC as well as the 2015 Crescent, LLC. Learn the excitement of thoroughbred ownership first-hand and #getinthegame.
Stellar Purchases at September Keeneland Yearling Sale
Keeneland’s September Yearling Sale is widely considered the most noteworthy of its kind. Buyers representing premiere racing stables from around the world flock to Lexington each year. Over 4000 horses are catalogued for the annual event, with the best of the best grouped in Book One – this year, the first 724 hip numbers. The Centennial Farm Acquisition Team zeroed in on the colts of Book One, who would sell over the first three days of the sale. The short list came together through a series physical assessments and veterinary exams coupled with pedigree analysis. Our process is designed to identify elite athletes with the potential to develop in to appealing stallion prospects. Our spectacular new additions are: Hip 371: Exchange Rate – La Boheme, by Giant’s Causeway, Hip 557: Medaglia d’Oro – Rendition, by A.P. Indy, Hip 622: Hard Spun – Smart Farming, by Smart Strike, Hip 669: Tiznow – Stormy Welcome, by Storm Cat.
The group represents some of the hottest pedigrees in racing, purchased from those with lengthy histories of selling world-class athletes, coupled with stunning physicals. Each of the four sires has proven to produce champions who can compete on a global scale. The four female families have extensive histories of turning out high caliber runners, including Hall of Famer A.P. Indy and Breeders’ Cup winner Desert Stormer.
We are eagerly awaiting the future of these stunning colts and can’t wait for you to join us on their journeys. Please click on the 2015 Crescent, LLC under current offerings for details on this exciting group.