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!