Centennial Farms’ multiple stakes winner ‘Rocketry’ arrives at Old Friends
GEORGETOWN, Ky. (WTVQ/Press Release) – Old Friends, the thoroughbred retirement farm in Georgetown, has welcomed multiple graded stakes winner Rocketry.
The son of Hard Spun, now 7, retired from racing in August of this year following a fourth-place effort in the Birdstone Stakes at Saratoga. At that time, he was sent to owner Centennial Farms’ Middleburg, Va. facility to unwind.
He retired after five seasons on the track with six wins from 29 starts and lifetime earnings of $811,577.
He arrived Friday at Old Friends.
A fan favorite thanks to his thrilling late-running style, Rocketry came into his own as a 4-year-old under conditioner Jimmy Jerkens.
He captured the 2018 Temperence Hill Invitational Stakes at Belmont Park by crushing a 98-year-old track record for 1 5/8 miles held by Man o’ War, and, later that year, he earned his first graded stakes victory in the GR2 Marathon Stakes at Churchill Downs, again setting a new track record for the 1 ¾ miles.
In his 6-year-old campaign, Rocketry added a third track record to his resume, this time going 1 5/8 miles in 2:42.57 at Keeneland, and picked up another graded victory in the GR2 Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance Stakes.
“Just like the movie character, Rocketry could not have lived up to his nickname of ‘Rocky’ any better,” said Don Little Jr., president of Centennial Farms. “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 Jerkins for allowing us to showcase him to his many fans.”