Wicked Strong’s sire, Hard Spun, finished second in the 2007 Kentucky Derby. Centenntial Farms, which is headed up by Don Little Jr., hasn’t had a horse run Kentucky, but did have a horse (Colonial Affair) win the Belmont Stakes in 1993.
“Centennial Farms has proven itself over the years,” said Tuttle. “The Little family has en eye for good horses. This is a group that know what they’re doing.”
Locally, next Saturday will be the first day of live racing in 2014 at Suffolk, which will also be hosting their fifth annual “Boston’s Biggest and Best Kentucky Derby Party.” The Kentucky Derby is also broadcast nationally on NBC.
Wicked Strong has been picking up notoriety as the Derby draws closer. Sports Illustrated had him picked second behind only California Chrome. The horse was also coming in at 8/1 odds to win, second best in the field, as of the weekend, although the odds do fluctuate as race day approaches.