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Founded in 1983 by Boston businessman and lifelong horseman Don Little, Centennial’s generally purchases 10-15 well-bred colts a year from the premier thoroughbred auctions of North America. The stable currently has horses with trainers Jimmy Jerkens, Michael Matz and Rodney Jenkins.
Centennial’s best horses include: 1992 champion Sprinter Rubiano; 1993 Belmont Stakes winner Colonial Affair; millionaire turf star King Cugat; and most recently Corinthian, winner of the Metropolitan Handicap and the inaugural running of the 2007 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile at Monmouth Park.
Centennial’s base of horse operations is 60 acres at the Middleburg Training Center in Middleburg, Virginia, where the horses receive direction from Paula Parsons. Dr Stephen Carr, a leading veterinarian on the NYRA/ Florida circuit, serves as Racing Manager for the stable.
Centennial’s current President is Don Little, Jr., a former professional Polo player with training in all aspect of the business.
Pat Lamberty serves as Vice President and assists in client management for the stable. He was given his start in racing as an intern at Suffolk Downs under Larry Collmus, the current Gulfstream announcer Larry Collmus.
“When we win at Gulfstream, our group always gives a wave of appreciation to Larry,” said Lamberty. “He is a great supporter of racing and a friend to all of us at Centennial.”
“We have a longstanding relationship with Gulfstream Park,” said Little, Jr. “We use Palm Meadows as our base of winter operations and just about all of our best horses have raced at Gulfstream Park in the winter months. “
“Some of our best racing memories have happened at Gulfstream,” said Little. “Although we have also been unlucky to hit the wire first in two of the most prestigious races at Gulfstream before being disqualified: 1998 Florida Derby with Lil’s Lad and 2006 Fountain of Youth with Corinthian.”
Most of Centennial’s partners are active in at least one other endeavor with sport horses such as polo, show jumping, steeplechase or hunting. The stable keeps offices in Wellington, FL during the winter and Saratoga Springs, NY in the summer.