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James A. Jerkens

Trainer

Hailing from a racing family, Jimmy Jerkins is the son of Hall of Fame trainer H. Allen Jerkens.  He worked as his father's assitant trainer for 20 years before starting a stable of his own.   He now has a 40 horse barn, stabled mosly in New York, and in Florida during the winter.  Jimmy has trained many graded stakes winners including the first-ever Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile Winner, Corinthian.

Rajiv Maragh

Jockey

Maragh grew up in the horse racing industry in his native Jamaica. Maragh’s father was a jockey but he forced Rajiv to earn his high school diploma before he was allowed to ride a racehorse. His first winner came aboard Pricedale Kid on February 1, 2004 at Tampa Bay Downs. His breakout year came in 2009 winning the Apple Blossom (G1) aboard Seventh Street at Oaklawn Park, the Ballerina (G1) at Belmont and Belldame (G1) at Saratoga on Music Note, and the Just A Game Stakes (G1) at Belmont with Diamondrella. Maragh’s only Kentucky Derby start came in 2010 aboard Louisiana Derby (G1) winner Mission Impazible who finished 9th.

Centennial Farms

Owner

Centennial Farms has been involved in thoroughbred racing and breeding since 1982. Donald Little used his experience as a horseman and also as an investment banker to create a farm that uses racing partnerships to open the door for many people to take part in the excitement of horse racing.  Don Little Jr, a former world class polo player who first began riding horses at age two, now runs the company.  A native of Boston, Little named Wicked Strong in honor of the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.  Centennial Farms donates a percentage of Wicked Strong's earnings to The One Fund Boston, which supports the victims and their families.

Pedigree

Wicked Strong, a son of 2007Kentucky Derby runner-up Hard Spun, appears well-suited for the 1 1/4-mile distance of the Kentucky Derby. The three-year-old colt is out of a mare by 1999 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Charismatic.

Grade 1 winner Hard Spun concluded his racing career with a runner-up finish to Curlin in the 2007 Breeders’ Cup Classic. A six-time stakes victor, he nearly stole the Kentucky Derby on the front end, finishing a clear second to perfect-trip winner Street Sense.

Bred to excel at two-turn distances, Hard Spun is a son of supersire Danzig and hails from a mare by 1986 champion older male Turkoman, a son of the legendary Alydar.

Danzig left an indelible mark upon bloodlines, siring North American champions Dance Smartly and Chief’s Crown; 1992 Preakness winner Pine Bluff; 1986 Belmont winner Danzig Connection; top U.S. sire War Front; and top European-based sires Danehill and Green Desert. His son, Boundary, is responsible for 2008 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Big Brown.

Wicked Strong is the second foal to race out of the mare Moyne Abbey. His half-sister, Abbey Street, scored her only victory around two turns and Wicked Strong has made his last five starts at distances of a mile or more.

Broodmare sire Charismatic, the champion three-year-old male of 1999, is a half-brother to 2001 Blue Grass winner Millennium Wind and Grade 2 hero Tossofthecoin, runner-up in the 1993 Wood Memorial.

Wicked Strong’s second maternal dam, multiple stakes-placed Classic Approval, raced primarily at longer distances and is responsible for a pair of route stakes winners, Gulch Approval and Approval Rating.

His third maternal dam, multiple Grade 3 queen Classic Value, produced Grade 2 winner Class Kris, the dam of Student Council. A multiple Grade 1-winning millionaire, Student Council posted his biggest career victory in the 2008 Pacific Classic at 1 1/4 miles.

Stamina doesn't appear to be an issue for Wicked Strong based upon pedigree.

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