04/20/2004 12:00AM

Major New Zealand stallion dead


Centaine, one of New Zealand's leading stallions for many years, died Monday at his longtime base of Waikato Stud near Te Rapa. He was 23.

An Australian-bred son of Century, Centaine was a Group 3 winner in his native land and was celebrated throughout the Southern Hemisphere as the sire of 57 stakes winners.

Among his most notable offspring was a champion New Zealand filly, Sixty Seconds, the winner of last year's Grade 3 Glens Falls Handicap at Saratoga. Spring Rain, champion filly in New Zealand at 2 and 3; New Zealand juvenile champion Cordero; and Australian champion filly Slight Chance were two of his other 12 Group 1 winners.