Centennial Farms’ Rocketry earned his first Stakes victory in spectacular fashion when he rallied from off the pace to capture the Temperence Hill Invitational Stakes by one-and-a-half lengths at Belmont Park.
Settled at the rear of the five-horse field through the early stages of the mile-and-five-eighths marathon, the son of Hard Spun began his move on the far turn, sweeping past his rivals to take command as they hit the homestretch. Kept to task through the stretch, Rocketry crossed the wire an easy winner, shattering the 98-year-old track record previously held by the mighty Man O’ War.
Bred in Kentucky by Gainesway Thoroughbreds Ltd., Rocketry is out of Smart Farming, a winning daughter of Smart Strike. Smart Farming’s dam is the Listed Stakes winner, Health Farm, and she hails from the female family of such standouts as Champion Legarto and Graded Stakes winners Dream About (G2 Mazarine Stakes), Lockout (G2 Connaught Cup) and Deeply Undervalued (G2 Commonwealth Derby).
Hard Spun has over 60 career Stakes winners including 31 which have won in Graded/Group company, nine of those G1 winners. In fact, no stallion standing for less than $60,000 can match his seven G1 winners since 2012.