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February 3,  2018 
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January was a month of celebration for SCTOBA.  Several member breeders were recognized and honored at the South Carolina Owners and Breeders Awards Banquet at the National Museum of Racing in Camden on January 20.  Five nights later, Abel Tasman (Webb Carroll Training Center) won an Eclipse Award as the Champion Three-Year-Old Filly.

The Triple Crown prep races have started to take place and we'll happily follow South Carolina grads as they travel down the path.

Jack Sadler, President
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Joe Clabes Guest Speaker at SCTOBA Banquet
We were very fortunate to have Joe Clabes travel from Lexington, KY to be our guest speaker at our annual South Carolina Owners and Breeders Awards Banquet on January 14 at the National Steeplechase Museum.
Joe has worked on equine policy at the state and federal level for over 15 years.  He has served as Director of Industry Relations for the National Thoroughbred Racing Association and as executive director of the Kentucky Equine Education Program (KEEP).
Along with managing racing partnerships, Joe is involved in breeding and sales at public auctions.  He maintains a working relationship with Dromoland Farm and Hunter Valley Farm.
Joe gave our association much to think about and how a program such as KEEP can be implementd and benefit the equine industry in South Carolina.
A special thanks is also in order for Jack Brantly, Linda Fenters and all the crew with Aberdeen Catering who provided a delicious meal.  Rich Scelfo once again donated wine - much appreciated!  Thanks also to Catherine French, Kip Elser, Libbie Johnson, Mary Quarles and Susan Sadler.  Their contributions are what made this an enjoyable evening!
Photo credit: Catherine French

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Webb Carroll receives South Carolina TOBA Award of Merit from SCTOBA president Jack Sadler.  Photo Credit: Catherine French

Webb Carroll Recognized by South Carolina TOBA

Webb Carroll has recently decided it is time for retirement.  He will no longer serve on the Board of the South Carolina TOBA.  Webb's longtime assistant, Travis Durr, has purchased the Webb Carroll Training Center and will continue to operate the facility under that name.
Webb formed a close relationship with trainer Odie Clelland and around 1984, he leased Clelland's training center in St. Matthews.  He purchased the operation in 1986 from Clelland's estate soon after Odie's passing.
Now known as the Webb Carroll Training Center, the farm consists of about 11 barns, a seven furlong track with a starting gate, and a six furlong turf gallop.  There also is a swimming facility and an eight horse equiciser.
Racing standouts such as Kentucky Derby winner War Emblem, Preakness winner Shackleford, Champion Havre de Grace, successful stallions Goldencents, Tale of the Cat, Old Fashioned and numerous others have graduated from his program.
One of Webb's favorite sayings is, "Tough times make tough people and tough people get the job done." 
When Webb Carroll was asked to serve on the Board of SCTOBA, he did so willingly and has been a strong supporter of the South Carolina Residency Stakes program.
Photo Credit:  Catherine French

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SC Breeder Award Winners

Goree Smith accepts accolades from SCTOBA Jack Sadler as SC Breeder of the Year.                      Photo Credit:  Catherine French

South Carolina Breeder of the Year:
Franklin "Goree" Smith
Goree has won this award for the sixth time in the past eight years.  Along with managing the Elloree Training Center, he stands the stallions Straight Talking and Done Talking.

Older Horse of the Year:  Gin Makes Ya Sin  
Breeder: Franklin "Goree" Smith
Owner: Richard Malouf
In 2017, Gin Makes Ya Sin made nine starts all against Allowance competition racing at Laurel Park, PARX, Delaware Park and Monmouth.  He is a repeat winner of this award.

Older Mare of the Year:  Southern Peach
Breeder: O.H. Wienges  & Son.
Owner: Louis J. Ulman
Southern Peach has made 47 career starts and 14 in 2017.  She recorded five wins and finished "on the board" in all but one of the starts.
Suzy Haslup accepts plate for Shesmyheartandsoul on behalf of Ron Madden.                                              Photo credit: Catherine French

Three-Year-Old of the Year: Shesmyheartandsoul
Breeder:  Jellicoe Creek LLC (E. Ron Madden)
Owner: Daniel J. Feiss
Southern Peach went to the starting gate 17 last year.  She reached the winner's circle four times and finished "on the board" eleven times.

Two-Year-Old of the Year:  Done Acting
Breeder:  Franklin "Goree" Smith
Owner:  Skeedattle Associates 
Done Acting, who won at Laurel Park in December, is trained by Goree Smith's brother, Hammy.  Done Acting is a son of Goree's stallion Done Talking and was foaled in Elloree. 

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Racing Across the Country
With fewer opportunities at the closing of the year and Mother Nature cancelling racing at many venues, graduates of South Carolina farms and training centers still were able to shine in stakes races between December 21 and January 20.
On January 12 at Delta Downs in Louisiana, Summer House proved best in the Eldorado Stakes.  She stalked the leaders early on before putting her head in front at the top of the stretch and coming home 1 ¼ lengths in advance of the rest of the field.  
Summer House is a graduate of Travis Durr's program at the Webb Carroll Training Center.  During 2017 Durr had 37 of his former pupils win stakes, 17 of which were graded!
Farrell, who learned her lessons under the watchful eye of Franklin "Goree" Smith at the Elloree Training Center, went wire-to-wire capturing the Pippin Stakes at Oaklawn Park on January 13.  Farrell has won 7 of her 11 starts and is now a 6 time stakes winner.
Firenze Fire has put himself on the Triple Crown Trail showing why he deserved to be the favorite in the Jerome Stakes at Aqueduct on January 13.  This Travis Durr grad had only one beat early on before coming five wide into the stretch and getting up in the shadow of the wire to win by a ½ length.  In only six starts, Firenze Fire has 4 wins including 3 in stakes.
Almond Roca has put herself on the Kentucky Oaks Trail having won back to back stakes at Tampa Bay Downs.  After capturing the Sandpiper Stakes in December, she proved her superiority in the Gasparilla Stakes on January 20.  Almond Roca came up through Wilhelmina and Fred McEwan's Fenwick Farm program in Camden, SC.

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Abel Tasman Named Champion
Abel Tasman was named Eclipse Award 2017 Champion Three-Year-Old Filly on January 18.  This daughter of Quality Road was prepared for her racing career by Travis Durr at his Webb Carroll Training Center in St. Matthews, SC.  In 2017, she made seven starts capturing three Grade I stakes including the Longines Kentucky Oaks.

Travis recalled Abel Tasman commenting, "She was an easy going filly.  You really didn't pay much attention to her because she did not create any problems.  She was a real big filly and very smart.  We breezed her a few times and then sent her on to California."

In 11 career starts, Abel Tasman has 6 victories and 4 seconds, finishing "off the board" only in her career debut.  She has amassed earnings of $1,995,060.

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Season to Warrior's Reward Available
SCTOBA members Wilhelmina and Fred McEwan have graciously donated to SCTOBA a 2018 breeding season to Warrior's Reward.  Following is a link to Warrior's Reward's information page in the BLOODHORSE Stallion Register:
The asking price for the no guarantee season is $2,500.  For more information, contact Jack Sadler at 803-920-9005 or

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Coming to Camden
February 23 - 25
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Our mission is to promote the thoroughbred industry in our state and throughout the region. SCTOBA works to create awareness of the tremendous economic impact the thoroughbred industry has in South Carolina.  Our organization is an advocate for the positive aspects of the thoroughbred business --breeding, training and racing.  We also provide leadership and solutions to the challenges presented by the thoroughbred business.