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About Centre Court
A dark bay daughter of Smart Strike, Centre Court was bred and campaigned by G. Watts Humphrey, Jr. and trained by George R. Arnold II. After making one start as a 2-year-old in 2009, Centre Court finished second in a pair of maiden special weight races to begin her 3-year-old campaign before scoring her victory at Churchill Downs on May 19, 2012. Moving into graded stakes company, Centre Court proceeded to win the Grade 3 egret Stakes at Churchill Downs and then the Grade 2 Lake George Stakes at Saratoga. She then finished second in both the Grade 2 Lake Placid at Saratoga and the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup at Keeneland. Returning to Churchill that November, Centre Court closed out her season with her third graded win of the year in the Mrs. Revere Stakes (Grade 2). In 2013, Centre Court won the Grade 2 Honey Fox Stakes at Gulfstream and the Grade 1 Jenny Wiley Stakes at Keeneland. She repeated in the Honey Fox in 2014 as a 5-year-old, giving her graded stakes wins in three consecutive years. Centre Court was retired with a career record of 7-4-0 from 19 starts and earnings of $961,048. She is in foal Medaglia d’Oro at Humphrey’s Shawnee Farm in Kentucky.
About the Owner
G. Watts Humphrey, Jr.
G. Watts Humphrey, Jr. is the grandson of George M. Humphrey, a prominent thoroughbred owner who served as Secretary of the Treasury under President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
While earning his Bachelor's Degree from Yale University, Humphrey spent his summers working at his Aunt Pansy Poe’s Shawnee Farm in Harrodsburg, Ky., and eventually purchased the farm after his aunt’s death in 1979.
As a thoroughbred owner and partner in the St. Louis Cardinals, Humphrey achieved a sports double in October 2011 when he earned the leading thoroughbred owner title at the prestigious Keeneland Race Course Fall Meet one day after watching the Cardinals win the World Series. Humphrey is also the chairman of Churchill Downs and a member of the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame’s Board of Trustees.
Humphrey’s racing stable focuses on fillies that will be channeled back to his breeding operation. Top runners include Grade 1 winners, Clear Mandate, Centre Court, and Personal Diary as well as multiple graded stakes winners Frivolous, Rey de Café, She’s Not Here and Communique.
Humphrey and his wife, Sally Hastings Schriber, have the distinction of each having bred a classic winner. Mrs. Humphrey is the breeder of 1980 Kentucky Derby winner Genuine Risk, and Humphrey is the breeder of 1985 Belmont Stakes winner Crème Fraiche in partnership with an aunt, Mrs. Pamela Firman.