Rocketry’s furious outside rally, on a track playing kindly towards the rail, fell just a half-length short in the prestigious G2 Woodford Reserve Brooklyn Invitational, one of the most beloved races on the NYRA calendar. The terrific performance wrapped an outstanding annual celebration with Centennial Farms’ team and partners centered around Belmont Stakes weekend.
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!
New surface, new heights! After becoming a stakes winner in his last start, and setting a Belmont Park track record, Rocketry upped the ante at Churchill Downs. Not only did he break a second consecutive track record at one of the nation’s most prestigious venues, but he became a graded stakes winner! His victory in the G2 Marathon, the final race on the Friday Breeders’ Cup card, was made all the more special due to its presenting sponsor – the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance. The TAA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that accredits, inspects, and awards grants to approved aftercare organizations to retrain, retire, and rehome Thoroughbreds using industry-wide funding. It is the only body of its kind responsible for the accreditation of monitoring of aftercare organizations.
WOW! Rocketry made the most of his dirt debut, becoming a stakes winner and a track record holder in one fell swoop. The four-year-old could not have been more impressive in the Temperence Hill at Belmont Park, beating a nice field by 1 1/2-lengths and lowering a track record held by none other than Man o’ War. His victory marked the sixth consecutive year that Centennial Farms’ partners have enjoyed a stakes victory and/or graded stakes placing.
BloodHorse: “Rocketry Blasts to Track Record in Temperance Hill”
DRF Recap: “Rocketry shows love of dirt in Temperence Hill Stakes“
Every summer, the racing world converges on Saratoga for forty days of world-class racing and one of the nation’s most prestigious yearling sales. The competition at each is unparalleled. There is no tougher meet in the country to win a race at nor anywhere tougher to snag a top-quality racing prospect. Centennial Farms was thrilled to conclude our summer with victories at each.
The star of the racing season was Rocketry, whose impressive allowance victory and solid stakes debut anchored a strong meet. His flashy victory was paired with game efforts by Securitiz and Weather Wiz to generate an 80% on the board percentage for the meet. We are incredibly proud that that consistency has followed the Centennial horses throughout the year. No other partnership has a higher percentage in 2017.
The other major victories of the meet came at the Fasig-Tipton Select Sale, where we brought home sons of young Kentucky Derby-producing sire Bodemeister and perennial standout sire Malibu Moon. We’re thrilled to offer the opportunity to invest in these two colts of limitless potential.
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.
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.