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(NECN: Brian Burnell) – A horse named Wicked Strong has a New England connection and is racing for a cause.
The horse is owned by partners from Centennial Farms in Beverly, Massachusetts, a business that has been racing successful horses for three generations.
Centennial owner Don Little Jr. says that shortly after the Boston Marathon bombings, his wife attended a Bruins game and was inspired to re-name their horse Moyne Spun after something that really represents New England and its toughness.
“I got a call from my wife and she says ‘I have a new name for the horse. Let's name him Wicked Strong.’ So I submitted the name to the Jockey Club and it was approved,” Little said.
In addition, Centennial Farms has vowed to donate 1% of Wicked Strong’s lifetime earnings to the One Fund. So far, that's been about $3500. If Wicked Strong continues with his success, the donation could be substantial.
Meanwhile, Wicked Strong is getting ready to run in the Wood Memorial on Saturday in New York. If he comes in first or second, he qualifies for the Kentucky Derby.
If his pedigree is any indication, he's got a pretty good chance at winning. Wicked Strong’s father, Hard Spun, finished second in the 2007 Kentucky Derby.