02/27/2012 2:30PM

Little, of Centennial Farms, hurt in riding accident


Donald V. Little, founder of the Centennial Farms racing partnerships that campaigned 1992 sprint champion Rubiano and 1993 Belmont winner Colonial Affair, was seriously injured in a show-jumping fall Sunday in Florida.

Little, a regular competitor at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Fla., sustained a neck injury after falling from his horse during a jumping competition. He was flown by helicopter to Delray Medical Center, where PhelpsSports.com reported Sunday that he was in serious condition

Little, who is in his 70’s, is a lifelong horseman and master of the Myopia Hunt in Hamilton, Mass. He founded Centennial Farms in 1982. His son Don Little, Jr., is president of the stable, whose trainers include Michael Matz, Jimmy Jerkens, and Rodney Jenkins. In addition to Rubiano and Colonial Affair, Centennial also raced such horses as Grade 1 winners Aptostar, and Corinthian and millionaire King Cugat, among other graded winners.