The South Carolina Breeders' and Owners Association is proud to recognize the horses and training centers that reach the winner's circle following the running of stakes races each month. Between August 20 and September 20, we had eleven horses reach this goal.
Kip Elser's Kirkwood Stables grad
Defiant Honor conquered his competition in the Riskaverse Stakes at Saratoga on August 24. Stalking the leader for the opening ¾'s, she took the lead in the stretch and prevailed by a ½ length.
On August 26,
Ami's Mesa was outrun the opening half-mile in the Grade 3 Seaway Stakes at Woodbine. She began advancing in the turn, took command in upper stretch and galloped home as much the best crossing the finish line 6 ½ lengths clear of the rest.
Ami's Mesa learned her early lessons at Travis Durr and Webb Carroll's Webb Carroll Training Center. On September 18,
Ami's Mesa traveled south to Presque Isle Downs and won her second graded stakes in a row - the Grade 2 Presque Isle Downs Master Stakes. Once again, she raced mid-pack early on. Having to come four wide around the turn and down the stretch, she did not gain the lead until the sixteenth pole then started to separate herself from the field coming home a length in front.
Hieroglyphics, who spent time in Aiken under the care of Brad Stauffer and Ron Stevens' Legacy Stable, made his stakes debut in the Better Talk Now Stakes at Saratoga on August 28. Fourth while on the inside, this three-year-old colt angled out three wide in the stretch and with a quick burst, reached the wire a neck in front.
On September 2, the Webb Carroll Training Center graduate
Grand Prix took advantage of state bred conditions capturing the Dr. Teresa Garofolo Stakes for Pennsylvania-bred fillies at PARX. After a rocky start out of the gate, she quickly asserted control over the field setting the pace throughout and crossing the finish line 1 ½ lengths in front.
On the same day,
Gamble's Ghost, who also was developed by Durr and Carroll, came from being last after ¾'s of a mile to storm home in the stretch and was 2 ¼ lengths clear at the wire.
Also on Septemcer 2,
Puca, who matured under the watchful eye of Franklin "Goree" Smith at his Elloree Training Center, had only three beat early on before launching his bid and driving clear in mid-stretch capturing the Steve Pini Memorial Stakes at Suffolk Downs by 1 ¾ lengths.
In the Scarlet and Gray Handicap at Thistledown in Ohio on September 4,
Proper Discretion hooked up with her stablemate at the quarter-pole and dueled it out to the wire being a neck the best. She came up under Travis Durr and Webb Carroll's breaking program.
Always Thinking came from over 13 lengths off the lead to capture the Sensibal Lady Turf Dash at Laurel Park on September 16 winning by 1 ½ lengths. She is a graduate of the Darley operation in Aiken headed up by Tim Jones.
Randy Rentz owner of Rentz Farms, taught
Wise Gal how to be a racehorse and his efforts were rewarded in the Selima Stakes at Laurel Park on September 16. Having one beat early on,
Wise Gal was five wide in the stretch taking off and extending her advantage to 4 ¼ lengths at the end of the race.
Gigantic Breeze, a product of the Webb Carroll Training Center, was a star in the twilight at Presque Isle Downs on September 17. He dropped back early on trailing the field for the first half-mile. As if he were shot out of a cannon,
Gigantic Breeze advance rapidly up the inside entering the stretch and proved much the best winning by 4 lengths.
We congratulate all the owners, riders, trainers and most of all, the horses!