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January 2,  2018 
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Jan 20, 2018
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2017 is now in the rear view mirror.  The steeplechase meets and trials were well attended by enthusiastic crowds.  Horse show events have become a significant part of the equine landscape in our state.  Great achievements have been attained on the racetrack and by our pinhook operations.
It is that time of the year to renew your SCTOBA membership.  I thank all who have faithfully supported the association over the years.  The membership form can be found on our website - or you can contact me at (803) 920-9005.
Jack Sadler, President

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   Racing Across America
While some suffer a bit of a letdown after the Breeders' Cup, South Carolina farm and training center graduates continued to march on.  Between November 21 and December 20, we were represented with ten grads reaching the winner's circle following stakes races.
The day after Thanksgiving (November 24), Manitoulin, who came up in Kip Elser's program at Kirkwood Stables in Camden, SC, captured the Grade 2 Hollywood Turf Cup S, at Del Mar.  In a duel from start to finish, Manitoulin had the lead, lost it and regained it in the stretch before winning by a neck.
On the same day, Lovely Bernadette recorded her third straight stakes win in the Mrs. Revere S. G2 at Churchill Downs.  After being bumped at the start, she stalked the leader for the first 1/2 mile before gaining the lead in the stretch and coming home a half-length in front.  In her previous two starts, she captured the Indiana Grand Stakes in September and the Pin Oak Valley View S. at Keeneland in October.  When not at the track, Lovely Bernadette stays with Brad Stauffer and Ron Steven's Legacy Stable in Aiken.
Whirlin Curlin came home on top in two Stakes between November 25 and December 9 at Laurel Park.  On the 25th, Whirlin Curlin won the Christopher Elser Memorial S., the colt and gelding version of the South Carolina Residency Stakes program.  In the Christopher Elser Memorial, as a maiden and the second longest shot on the board, he came four wide from the back of the pack to draw away by 2 1/2 lengths.  Two weeks later, in a similar trip, he again came four wide in the Maryland Juvenile Futurity to reach the finish line a neck the best.  Whirlin Curlin learned his early lessons from Travis Durr at the Webb Carroll Training Center.
On the same day, Fanniebellefleming, owned by longtime SCTOBA member and previous President, Lee Christian, proved best in the Donna Freyer Stakes, the filly version of the SCTOBA Residency Stakes program.  The longest shot on the board, she was five wide at the top of the stretch then surged home a 2 1/2 length winner.  Fanniebellefleming received her early schooling from Franklin "Goree" Smith at his Elloree Training Center.
On December 2, Admiralty Pier trailed the field with a little over a quarter-mile to run in the Display S. at Woodbine.  Turning for home, he put in a tremendous rally to get up to win by a neck.  This two-year-old is another who learned his early lessons under the watchful eye of Travis Durr.
Indulgent won her first graded stakes victory in the Go For Wand Handicap G3 at Aqueduct on December 2.   In front early on, she lost the lead before fighting back to regain it on the way to a hard fought length victory.  Indulgent was broke and trained as a yearling by Tim Jones, head of the Darley operation in Aiken.
The two-year-old filly Almond Roca proved much the best in the Sandpiper S. at Tampa Bay Downs on December 16.  Fourth early on, she advanced to take control at the top of the stretch and galloped home a
9 1/2 length winner.  Wilhelmina and Fred McEwan prepared her for a racing career at Fenwick Farm in Rembert, SC.
Dan the Go To Man notched his first stakes victory in the Jeffrey A. Hawk Memorial S. at Remington Park on December 17.  He broke on top and never looked back hitting the wire first by a head.  Dan the Go To Man is a product of Jane Dunn's Holly Hill Training Canter.
On the same day at Remington Park, Ready to Confess also recorded her first Stakes victory in the She's All In S.  Mid-pack the opening half-mile, she rallied to take the lead in upper stretch and put those behind her away winning by 2 3/4 lengths.  She, also, is a graduate of Jane Dunn's program.
Many, many, many Stakes winners across the nation in 2017 have South Carolina connections and we look forward to the hit parade continuing in 2018!

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Annual Awards Banquet to be Held January 20, 2018

The 2017 Annual Awards Banquet will be held at the National Steeplechase Museum in Camden on January 20.  The guest speaker will be Joe Clabes.  Joe has worked on equine policy at the state and federal level for more than 15 years and served as executive director of the Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP).  He was instrumental in amending the definition of livestock in Kentucky to include horses and equines and the effort to establish the Kentucky Equine Health and Welfare Council within the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.
We encourage you to attend this always enjoyable event honoring our members.  Seats, including the meal, can be purchased ($75 per person) or reserved by contacting us at  You can pay at the door, although, as seating is limited, letting us know your plans in advance will be a great help.  The event begins at 6:00 P.M. with the meal being served at 7:00 P.M.    

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Dickinson 2017 Aiken Trained Horse of the Year
Three time Graded Stakes winner Dickinson has been named the 2017 Aiken Trained Horse of the Year.  Bred and owned by the Godolphin Racing LLC, Dickinson was broke and trained as a yearling and into her two-year-old year by Tim Jones, head of the Goldophin team in Aiken.
This five-year-old mare captured the Grade 3 Suwanee River S., the Grade 3 Hillsborough S. and the Grade 1 Jenny Wiley S.  She earned $603,630 in 2017.
Previous winners of the award include Aiken-based Dogwood Stable's Limehouse (2005) and Palace Malice in 2013 and 2014.  The only other two time winner is Curalina, owned by Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners who has an office in Aiken.
Dickinson will be honored on March 18 in a ceremony held at the Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame.
Photo Credit:  Lauren King
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News From Elloree
Weston Hamilton receives congratulations from his dad, Steve Hamilton.                                          Photo credit: Jim McCue

Jockey Weston Hamilton who began to refine his riding skills at Goree Smith's Elloree Training Center "broke his maiden" at Laurel Park winning two races on December 11.  Hall of Fame jockey Chris Antley also "went to school" at the Elloree Training Center.
Two of Goree Smith's grads Tiz Mischief and Promises Fulfilled are "On the Derby Trail".

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New TB Directory to be published

To help promote the racing industry, the SC Department of Agriculture is planning to print a directory of Thoroughbred racehorse trainers in the state. Marketing specialist Marsha Hewitt has been working on this project for several months.
"Trainers will be able to use this comprehensive listing to market themselves and their facilities, both in and out of state. All we need is updated information from the trainers," she said.
The directory will be in booklet form, with graphics, race dates and other pertinent information.
"Our goal is to have this marketing piece ready for the January meeting," Marsha said. "We already have more than 50 names but there are some gaps. Please add information on anyone you can."
The draft is available for preview. Contact Marsha at, phone 803-727-6420, or Jack Sadler can be contacted at and 803-920-9005.
Deadline is Jan. 8.

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Coming to Camden Feb 23-25

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Fire At San Luis Rey Downs
Hurricanes and tropical storms have played havoc in 2017 on our equine population notably in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico among other areas.  Southern California was not spared when a brushfire engulfed San Luis Rey Downs Training Center on the afternoon of December 7.
Approximately 46 horses lost their lives and numerous backstretch workers lost all they had.  Due to the heroic efforts of many volunteers,  hundreds of horses were evacuated to Trifecta Equine Athletic Center, Del Mar, Santa Anita, Los Alamitos and many private farms.
Once again the equine community was called upon to come together and help where help was needed.  Once again, the community responded in a big way!
If you'd like to donate or contribute to the rescue efforts in any way, please contact:

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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.