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Litigate reigns in rainy G3 Sam F. Davis

By | Latest News, Litigate

W-o-w! Shipping to Tampa, dealing with the rain, a far outside post, and facing stakes company for the first time did little to phase Litigate! The exciting sophomore pulled clear to a powerful victory in the G3 Sam F. Davis. His victory earned him 20 points on the Kentucky Derby leaderboard. We’re incredibly grateful to everyone involved, starting with our outstanding partners. Dr. Stephen Carr and Paula Parsons selected him at the Keeneland September Sale, Parsons and her team developed him in Middleburg before he joined trainer Todd Pletcher‘s barn, and he was given a terrific ride by jockey Luis Saez. Litigate is a remarkably exciting colt and we couldn’t be more proud of him!

Recaps: The BloodHorse, Daily Racing Form, Thoroughbred Daily News.
Other features: Daily Racing Form post-race update, Thoroughbred Daily News breeder interview, Don Little, Jr. on At The Races with Steve Byk

Litigate earns Derby buzz ahead of sophomore debut

By | Latest News, Litigate

Litigate, a debut winner at Aqueduct in November, officially turned three-years-old with the New Year! The changing of the calendar often means the launch of Kentucky Derby watch lists and Thoroughbred Daily News kicked off their “Derby Top 12” series on Monday, January 2. Our son of Blame checked in at number 10! The full piece is available here. Litigate makes his sophomore debut in Sunday’s ninth race at Gulfstream Park.

Litigate, a Blame colt out of the Mineshaft mare Salsa Diavola, purchased at the Keeneland September Sale and part of the Elmont thoroughbred racing partnership. Pictured at Belmont Park.

Litigate impresses first out!

By | Latest News, Litigate

Aqueduct routinely hosts competitive maiden races in the fall, with graduates frequently proving to be among their generation’s best. Saturday’s fifth race had all the ingredients to add to that reputation, with a number of entrants coming in with some hype to them. Making his career debut, Litigate stalked the pace and came with a strong late move to pull clear of his rivals in deep stretch! The two-year-old is a member of the 2021 Elmont, LLC, selected by Dr. Carr and Paula Parsons at the 2021 Keeneland September Sale. The victory earned him a feature on TwinSpires’ Kentucky Derby maiden watch, found here.

Litigate, part of the 2021 Elmont, LLC, breaks his maiden at first asking at Aqueduct.

Keeneland September yields five outstanding colts

By | hamilton, Latest News, preservationist llc, waitlist

The prestigious Keeneland September Sale is the year’s largest showcase of elite yearlings. The Centennial Farms acquisition team has proven adept at managing the competitive and marathon market, landing Wicked Strong, Preservationist, and Rocketry there in recent years. Their tireless efforts resulted in five stunning new colts for the roster, all boasting tremendous pedigrees and physicals. A colt from the first crop of our our millionaire and G1 winner Preservationist forms the 2022 Preservationist, LLC while sons of City of Light, Good Magic, Mitole, and Not This Time comprise the 2022 Hamilton, LLC. All five colts have settled in at Middleburg where they will undergo their early training. Please don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss them further and to get involved.

Waitlist, a Not This Time colt out of Grandezza, by Scat Daddy, purchased at the prestigious Keeneland September Sale and available in a thoroughbred racing partnership as the 2022 Hamilton, LLC.

Waitlist, a colt by the nation’s leading third-crop sire, is one of four members of the 2022 Hamilton, LLC.

2022 Cheval, LLC forms at 101st Saratoga Sale

By | Cheval, Latest News

The Centennial Farms acquisition team has had remarkable success at the prestigious Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Select Yearling Sale over the years. Our bevy of G1 winners includes Eclipse Award champion Rubiano, Belmont Stakes victor Colonial Affair, and Breeders’ Cup winner Corinthian. The 101st edition of the sale was a blockbuster… a blockbuster where we landed our top choice right off the bat. This magnificent colt is by brilliant young sire City of Light, hails from an outstanding family, and certainly looks the part. Partnership interests are currently available in the 2022 Cheval, LLC. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for details.

City of Light colt out of Legal Tender purchased at the 101st Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale and available as the 2022 Cheval LLC thoroughbred racing partnership.

2022 Stellar, LLC formed at OBS April

By | Latest News, Stellar

The OBS Spring Sale has only grown in popularity and prestige in recent years. Graduates include the winners of this year’s Pegasus World Cup Turf, Saudi Cup, and Dubai World Cup in addition to the 2021 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. We hit Ocala with one colt in mind and were thrilled to add him to the roster. This spectacular son of Malibu Moon hails from the same female family that gave us G1 winner and millionaire Preservationist. Learn more about the tremendous individual that makes up the 2022 Stellar, LLC and contact us to join his team.

Malibu Moon - Lost Empire (Empire Maker) colt purchased at the OBS April Sale and available as part of the Stellar, LLC thoroughbred racing partnership.

Trio of colts comprise Twin Oaks

By | Latest News, Twin Oaks, War Officer

Every year, the Ocala Breeders’ Sales offers the opportunity to purchase some of the best two-year-olds in training. Recent graduates of their sales include two-time Pegasus World Cup Turf winner Colonel Liam, 2021 Champion Two-Year-Old and Breeders’ Cup winner Corniche, 1-2 Saudi Cup finishers Emblem Road and Country Grammer, G1 winner Cafe Pharoah, and potential Florida Derby favorite White Abarrio. Our experienced acquisition team assembled at the March Sale to find colts who meet our standards of combining an outstanding physical with the pedigrees to excel on track and as stallions. To say Dr. Stephen Carr and Paula Parsons succeeded in that goal is an understatement. The newest additions to the roster are:

Hip 154: Liam’s Map – Star Torina, by A. P. Indy
Hip 357: War Front – Claire de Lune, by Galileo
Hip 567: Malibu Moon – Leaveminthedust, by Danzig

Ownership interests are now available in the 2022 Twin Oaks, LLC. Please contact the office for more information or if you would like a hard copy brochure.

Eddie Woods OBS Mar 2022 2yos Malibu Moon-Leaveinthedust 20c presale Purchased at the OBS March Sale and available as part of the Twin Oaks LLC thoroughbred racing partnership.

Hip 567, a son of Malibu Moon out of Leaveminthedust (Danzig), purchased for $250,000

Rocketry retires to Old Friends

By | Latest News, Rocketry

Rocketry, whose retirement was announced over the summer, arrived at Old Friends in Georgetown, Kentucky to begin his new role as thoroughbred ambassador. The much-loved fan favorite, who earned over $800,000, had been enjoying some downtime in Middleburg since retiring.

“Just like the movie character, Rocketry could not have lived up to his nickname of ‘Rocky’ any better,” said Don Little, Jr. “He consistently campaigned in stakes carrying the Centennial flag with honor every time he set foot on the track. He was sound throughout his career while breaking three track records over a distance of ground. Being involved with a horse like this was truly a joy, thrill, and one that will be cherished by all the partners involved,” Little continued. “While he will be missed on the oval, we look forward to him showing off to visitors at Old Friends.”

“Who doesn’t love Rocketry?” said Old Friends founder and President Michael Blowen. “We’re very fortunate that Centennial Farms trusts us to care for their great marathoner. Thanks to Don Little, Jr. and Jimmy Jerkens for allowing us to showcase him to his many fans.”

Multiple graded stakes winner and three-time track record setter Rocketry, a member of the Crescent LLC thoroughbred racing partnership, arrives at Old Friends in Georgetown, Kentucky.

2021 Elmont, LLC formed at Keeneland September Sale

By | Elmont, Latest News

The Keeneland September Yearling Sale annually brings together some of the most exciting young horses in the world, with a truly international crowd on hand, each hoping to secure the next champion. The Centennial Farms acquisition team of Dr. Stephen Carr and Paula Parsons worked tirelessly to identify and procure four colts who fit Centennial’s proven formula for success. Despite record, competitive bidding, we were able to stick to our plan and secure terrific individuals. They are sons of proven sires Blame, Candy Ride, and Violence, in addition to a member of the second crop of undefeated G1 winner Mastery. Learn more about the 2021 Elmont, LLC and contact us to get involved.

The 2021 Elmont LLC thoroughbred racing partnership is comprised of four colts purchased at the 2021 Keeneland September Sale. They are sons of Blame, Mastery, Violence, and Candy Ride.

Multiple Graded Stakes Winner Rocketry Retires

By | Crescent, Latest News, Rocketry

Centennial Farms’ co-owners Don Little, Jr., Peter Horvitz, and Margaret O’Meara, and the many partners to whom he provided lifelong memories announce the retirement of multiple graded stakes winner Rocketry. The handsome son of Hard Spun retires sound with career earnings of over $810,000 and three track records to his credit.

Rocketry, bred by Gainesway Thoroughbreds, was quick to stamp himself as a good looking prospect, commanding $195,000 as a Keeneland November weanling when acquired by McMahon & Hill Bloodstock. Returned to Keeneland as part of the Hidden Brook consignment the following September, he drew the attention of Centennial’s Dr. Stephen Carr and Paula Parsons, hammering for $450,000. Always an impressive individual, his popularity in the sales ring was also a testament to his pedigree, which includes a bevy of graded stakes horses.

Like so many Centennial stars before him, Rocketry received his early education under Parsons and her team at the Middleburg Training Center, a place he’d return to throughout the years for vacations from a racing environment. He joined trainer Jimmy Jerkens at Belmont Park in June of his two-year-old year, under whose care he would remain throughout his career. Rocketry displayed what would become his trademark late-running style beginning with his first career start at Gulfstream Park. An impressive maiden score on turf at Belmont Park during the spring of his sophomore campaign earned him “Rising Star” status from the Thoroughbred Daily News. As a three-year-old, he beat older horses at Saratoga and barely missed his first graded black-type, finishing behind only subsequent G1 winners Voodoo Song, Yoshida, and future Horse of the Year Bricks and Mortar going just 1 1/8-miles in the G3 Saranac.

Rocketry would truly come into his own as a four-year-old. His continuing maturity coincided with an increased fondness for dirt and he made the transition to the main track in September of 2018. The switch resulted in a performance in the Temperence Hill Stakes that is unlikely to be matched – he stopped the clock in 2:40.18, breaking Man o’ War’s 98-year-old Belmont Park track record for 1 5/8-miles. He took his show on the road next out and picked up his first graded stakes victory. A late charge in the G2 Marathon Stakes presented by the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance established a new track record of 2:57.62 for 1 ¾-miles at famed Churchill Downs.

While his unique style and preference for longer distances would make him vulnerable to pace and biases, he continued to deliver big performances over the subsequent seasons. At five, he flew late and wide to finish second in the prestigious G2 Woodford Reserve Brooklyn Invitational Stakes. His six-year-old campaign ended with an exclamation point as Rocketry set a third track record, this time going 1 5/8-miles in 2:42.57 at Keeneland, and picked up another graded stakes victory – the G2 Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance.

Rocketry’s zest for training, the track environment, and his Jerkens Racing family never wavered during a three-race campaign in 2021. Although his seven-year-old season upped his black-type count to a total nine races, the decision was made to retire him following a fourth-place effort in Saratoga’s Birdstone Stakes. Centennial Farms could not be more proud of his on-track accomplishments or more grateful of his status as a fan-favorite. The two elements combined in spectacular fashion when a shoe worn in victory in the Temperence Hill topped a fund-raising auction for the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation.

While plans are being finalized for his retirement, “Rocky” has shipped to Centennial Farms in Middleburg, Virginia to unwind, enjoy the spacious paddocks, and be spoiled.

Multiple graded stakes winner Rocketry, part of a thoroughbred racing partnership, at the Jimmy Jerkens barn at Saratoga Race Course.