Millennium Farms’ owner, Rosendo (Ro) Parra, was born in1959 in Ecuador and moved with his family to Maryland in 1974. In 1982 he graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in marketing. Following graduation, Parra spent 12 years with Radio Shack where he served in a number of retail operating roles including store manager, district manager and regional Director. In his last role at Radio Shack, he oversaw all retail operations for Radio Shack Computer Centers in the North Central Region. Following Radio Shack, Parra spent four years with GRiD Systems Corporation, a producer of ruggedized and pen-based computers. At GRiD, he was the Vice President and General Manager of the Federal Division based in Washington, D.C. and later of the PC Strategic Business unit based in Fort Worth, Texas.
Parra joined Dell, Inc. in 1993. For the majority of his last seven years at Dell, he was Senior Vice President and General Manager of Dell Americas. As the GM of Dell Americas, Parra was responsible for all of Dell’s operations in The Americas region including Marketing, Sales, Manufacturing, and Services. After retiring from Dell in 2007, he founded Daylight Partners, a venture capital firm that specializes in helping mid-stage companies turbo-charge their growth initiatives.
His wife, Cheryl, is a retired pathologist. The couple has four children and live in Austin, Texas.
Parra's first involvement in racing came as a fan in South America and Maryland, going to the track with his father. "Once I was able to afford to invest in horses, I knew that's what I wanted to do," he said. Parra claimed his first horse in 1999 for $5,000 at Texas' Retama Park. Today he owns approximately 75 broodmares, 40 weanlings, 20 yearlings and 20 racehorses in training. Parra has campaigned more than 40 stakes winners as an owner. For three consecutive years, from 2002-2004, Parra bred or owned the Texas champion 2-year-old filly. In 2005, Parra purchased Super Frolic privately before that year's Pacific Classic at Del Mar, where he finished fifth. In his next start he won the Hawthorne Gold Cup to earn a trip to the Breeders' Cup Classic, where he ran fourth. Although Super Frolic is Parra's only Breeders' Cup starter as an owner, he enjoyed tremendous success in the 2004 Breeders' Cup as the breeder of Juvenile winner Wilko and as the owner of Sultry Song, who sired Mile hero Singletary.
In 1999, Parra purchased Millennium Farms near Lexington, Ky., adding to his personal farm in Austin. The 320-acre facility is home to most of his stallions, although he also has interests in stallions standing in Louisiana, New York, Texas and Pennsylvania.
In 2004, the Parra Family Foundation teamed with University of Kentucky basketball coach Orlando "Tubby" Smith to provide computers and computer training to at-risk middle school students in the Lexington area as part of the "Tubby's Clubhouses" program. Although Smith has since left the University of Kentucky, Parra remains active with the program. Ro currently serves on the Board of Directors for Brinker International (NYSE:EAT), NII Holdings, Inc. (NasdaqGS: NIHD), and Pacific Gas and Electric (NYSE: PCG). Ro received a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the University of Maryland at College Park.