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March  3,  2018 
   
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On the Horizon

March 17
Aiken Trials
Aiken, SC

March 24
Aiken Steeplechase
Aiken, SC

March 24
Elloree Trials
Elloree, SC

March 31
Carolina Cup and
Colonial Cup
Camden, SC

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March is a busy month in South Carolina.  We have the Aiken Trials taking place on March 17.  On March 24, the Elloree Trials will be held in Elloree, SC and the Aiken Steeplechase kicks off the National Steeplechase season.  The Carolina Cup and Colonial Cup Races will take place in Camden on March 31.

March is a Rite of Spring enjoyed by all!!

Carolina Cup and Colonial Cup Races Takes Place March 31.
 
The 86th Annual Carolina Cup Races will be held on March 31 at the Springdale Race Course in Camden.  The attendance for this day of racing rivals any other sporting event in South Carolina.
 
Six races will take place on the flat or over National Fences.  The gates open at 9:00 a.m. and post time for the first race is 1:30 p.m.  Along with the Carolina Cup, the Grade I Colonial Cup will be a part of the program this year.
 
Further information can be obtained at  www.carolina-cup.org.

Jack Sadler, President
SCTOBA
803-920-9005
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Racing Across the Nation

 
South Carolina farms and training centers were represented by six stakes winners between January 21 and February 20 with Still Having Fun acting as bookends to the action.
 
On January 27, Still Having Fun captured the Frank Whiteley Jr. S. at Laurel Park.  He had only one beat early on.  Still Having Fun worked his way through traffic taking the lead turning for home and drew away from the field crossing the line 4 ½ lengths in front.  This colt came up in Cary Frommer's program in Aiken.
 
Still Having Fun returned to the starting gate at Laurel Park three weeks later, February 27, recording his second stakes victory in a row winning the Miracle Wood S. Again, he lacked early speed, encountered traffic problems and would not be denied getting up late to win by a neck.  Could the connections be thinking Triple Crown Trail with this three-year-old son of Old Fashioned?
 
On February 10 at Tampa Bay Downs, C.S. Incharge stalked the leader right from the start in the Suncoast S. for three-year-old fillies.  She chased the leader to the wire and prevailed in a hard fought stretch drive to win by ¾'s of a length.  C.S. Incharge learned her early lessons at Franklin "Goree" Smith's Elloree Training Center.
 
Enchanted Ghost, also a three-year-old filly, demonstrated her superiority in the Wide Country S. at Laurel Park on February 17.  Also a graduate of "Goree" Smith's program in Elloree, SC, she was third early on before advancing four wide taking command before reaching the stretch and saying "good-bye" coasting to the wire 3 ¼ lengths in front.
 
On the dame day down at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans, the hard-knocking Synchrony rallied from over ten lengths off the lead to win the Fair Grounds H. G3 by 2 lengths.  In eleven career starts, Synchrony has four wins and finished behind third only twice.  He was developed by Jane Dunn at her Holly Hill operation.
 
Hit It Once More broke alertly quickly moving to the lead and set the pace throughout in the Haynesfield S. at Aqueduct on February 17.  He crossed the finish line 2 ¾ lengths in front recording his sixth career victory bringing his career earnings to just shy of $500,000. Kip Elser oversaw Hit It Once More's early training at Kirkwood Stables in Camden.
 
This is the time of year when the owner of a three-year-old colt or filly wins impressively, Derby and Oaks fever is caught.  Not a bad fever to catch!!!

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Aiken Trials Just Around the Corner
The Aiken Trials, first run in 1942, will hold its 76th Renewal on March 17 at the Aiken Training Track.  This event gives young horses in training the enlightening opportunity to experience every aspect of live racing.  The Aiken Trials has become a time-honored tradition as the first leg of Aiken's Triple Crown events, held annually for three consecutive Saturdays in March and April.
 
Six races will be held.  Two-year-olds will cover a quarter mile and older horses go 4 ½ furlongs.
 
Gates open at 10:00 A.M. with the first race scheduled for 2:00 P.M.
 
Parking and ticketing is available on the www.aikentrials.com website.
 
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Elloree Trials Renewal on Mach 24
 
The 56th Renewal of the Elloree Trials will be held at the Elloree Training Center on Saturday, March 24.  This event always draws a large crowd and historically has been a great experience for horses preparing to launch their racing careers.
 
Each year 10-12 races are carded.  There is a mixture of Quarter Horse and Thoroughbreds.
 
Hall of Fame jockey Chris Antley is a graduate of the Elloree Training Center.  He was the winning rider on Strike the Gold in the 1991 Kentucky Derby.  Antley rode Charismatic to victory in the 1999 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes.
 
Weston Hamilton, a rising star in the Maryland jockey colony, also advanced his craft under the watchful eye of Franklin "Goree" Smith.
 
Gates open at 8:00 A.M.

For more information, please call  (803) 897-2616
Photo Credit:  CharlestonDaily.com
 
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Aiken Steeplechase Kicks Off Season

The National Steeplechase and Hunt Association's 2017 campaign kicks off in Aiken, SC on Saturday, March 24.  This will be the 52st Renewal of the Aiken Spring Steeplechase.  It is held at the Aiken Horse Park.  
 
 
There will be six races with the first going to the post at 1:00 P.M..  The gates officially open at 9:00 A.M.
 
Like the Aiken Trials, it is a day filled with racing, tailgating and fun.  Please visit the www.aikensteeplechase.com website for parking and ticketing information.
                                                          photo credit:  VisitAiken.com
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Carolina Cup and Colonial Cup Races Takes Place March 31
 
The 86th Annual Carolina Cup Races will be held on March 31 at the Springdale Race Course in Camden.  The attendance for this day of racing rivals any other sporting event in South Carolina.
 
Six races will take place on the flat or over National Fences.  The gates open at 9:00 a.m. and post time for the first race is 1:30 p.m.  Along with the Carolina Cup, the Grade I Colonial Cup will be a part of the program this year.
 
Further information can be obtained at  www.carolina-cup.org .

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Weston Hamilton Planting Roots in Maryland
 
Jockey Weston Hamilton continues to make strides in Maryland.  Weston prepared for his career as a jockey at Franklin "Goree" Smith's Elloree Training Center.  Goree has been known over the years as a developer of young riders including Hall of Fame jockey Chris Antley.
 
As of February 23, Hamilton was the fourth leading jockey at Laurel Park accounting for 14 victories.  He is one of the leaders in acquiring mounts indicating the confidence trainers have in him.

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Bill Simpson Remembered
On February 24, a ceremony recognizing Bill Simpson, former chairman and CEO of the Aiken Training Track was held under the famous live oak tree in the infield of the track.  Several people shared their memories of Bill.  He was a South Carolinian who had a great respect for the thoroughbred industry and its role in our state.
Photo credit:  Barry Bornstein

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Success Stories for 
Ted Hoover
 
SCTOBA member and longtime former President, Ted Hoover, is the owner and breeder of Eskimo Princess, who has recently won two in a row at PARX.  Ted has his mares foal in Kentucky and then after three months, he brings them home to his farm in South Carolina to grow up. He also currently has a 3 year old Curlin colt in training in South Carolina.
 
Ted has ownership in the recently retired Tu Brutus.  This six-year-old son of Scat Daddy out of Bresca (CHI) by Seeker's Reward is a Grade 3 Stakes winner in his native Chile and placed third in the Grade I El Derby.
 
In the United States, Tu Brutus placed second in the Excelsior S. (G3) and third in the Brooklyn Invitational S. (G2), both in New York.
Tu Brutus is currently standing his first season at Crestwood Farm in Kentucky.  Ted has announced he will offer a free season this year to SCOTBA members.  Please contact Ted Hoover at  anchorgram@pbtcomm.net.

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Season to Warrior's Reward Available

SCTOBA members Wilhelmina and Fred McSwan 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 $2,000. For more information, contact Jack Sadler at 803-920-9005 or jack@eclipsetbpartners.com.

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About SCTOBA

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.