South Carolina       Thoroughbred Owners &
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The first stride to the finish line begins in SC

October  13,   2017 
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Oct 28
Aiken Fall Steeplechase
Aiken, SC

Nov 4
Kingstree Trials
Kingstree, SC

Nov 25
SCTOBA Residency Race
Laurel Park

SCTOBA Winter Mtg
ElloreeTraining Ctr

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This is an exciting time on the racetrack as we approach the Breeders' Cup at Del Mar on November 3 and 4.  We are proud that our South Carolina training centers will be well represented.
This has been the worst hurricane season we have experienced in several years.  Once again, we thank the many that have pitched in to help improve the welfare of the horses and people affected.  We are proud that the horse community historically comes together and continues to help those in need.

Jack Sadler, President

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   Racing Across America
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!

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Aid for Puerto Rico's Horses
Massive efforts have been made and continue to be underway to help the over 1,500
Thoroughbreds and "thousands of other horses" on Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.  Feed and veterinary supplies were flown in on October 2 and a ship full of supplies was to have arrived on October 6.
The Thoroughbred Charities of America and numerous other individuals and organizations have contributed.  Donors are asked to support the Horse Fund of the TCA, the AAEP Foundation and the Caribbean Thoroughbred Aftercare.
Hall of Fame jockey John Velasquez, a native of Puerto Rico, stresses that we also need to put a focus on the workers at the racetracks, the jockey school and the local farms.  While supplies are being sent to help the horses, the workers who care for the horses also need to be fed, nourished and housed.
Velasquez is setting up a charity intended to help achieve this goal.
Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners will be donating a percentage of purse earnings to this cause and we urge other stables and individuals to do likewise.

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Firenze Fire Wins Grade 1 Champagne  

 Firenze Fire, who went through the breaking process at Travis Durr and Webb Carrol's Webb Carroll Training Center in St. Matthews, SC, earned himself a spot in the starting gate for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, capturing the Grade 1 Champagne Stakes at Belmont Park on October 7. 

Firenze Fire has won three of his four lifetime starts including the Grade 2 Sanford at   Saratoga.
In the   Champagne, the two-year-old son of Poseidon's Warrior was 10th over nine lengths back early on.  He came around the field five wide into the stretch before taking the lead in the shadow of the wire winning by a half-length.
Owned by Ron Lombardi's Mr. Amore Stable and trained by Jason Servis, Firenze Fire will undoubtedly be one of the favorites in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile to be run at   Del  Mar on November 4.
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            Aiken Fall Steeplechase on October 28
The 26th Running of the Aiken Fall Steeplechase will be held on October 28.  Five races will be held consisting of one training flat race and four over National Fences.  Post time for the first race is 1:00 P.M.. 
There will be plenty of fun for the whole family.  There will be costume contests, stick horse races, hat contests, and  trick-or-treating along with a Paddock Playground and the Village of Shops.  For ticketing and parking, please visit

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Abel Tasman and Stellar Wind to Face Off
Stellar Wind, the Eclipse Award 2015 Champion 3 Year Old Filly and Abel Tasman, a leading contender for that title for 2017, will face each other in the Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff at Del Mar on November 3.
Stellar Wind came up under Franklin "Goree" Smith's breaking program at the Elloree Training Center.  She has won three Grade I stakes this year - the Apple Blossom Handicap, the Beholder Mile Stakes and the Clement L. Hirsch Stakes.  She has captured six Grade I's in her career.
Abel Tasman is a three-year-old graduate of Travis Durr and Webb Carroll's Webb Carroll Training Center.  She has come home first in three Grade I's this year - the Longines Kentucky Oaks, the Acorn Stakes and the Coaching Club American Oaks.  She also won the Grade I Starlet Stakes last year.
SCTOBA is proud to have a cheering interest in the top contenders in this prestigious race.

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Steeplechase of Charleston Returns November 12
The Steeplechase of Charleston at Stono Ferry in Hollywood, SC will be held November 12.  The race day will consist of four races over National Fences and one training flat race.  The first race will go off at 1:00 P.M.
Events for the day include a Hat Contest (for the ladies), Best Dressed Contest (for the gentlemen) and a Tailgate Contest.  A Vendor Village will also be available.  For tickets and parking, please visit

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Yearling Sales in Full Swing
Fasig-Tipton sale
The results of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale and the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Yearling Sale indicate the breeding and selling of young Thoroughbred stock is strong.
At Keeneland, the gross totaled over $300 Million, a 12.81% increase over 2016.  The average was up 23.27% and the median increased 42.50%.
At the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Yearling Sale, the gross rose 22%, the average 4.8% and the median rose 40%.  These sales are the lifeblood that keep our industry alive in South Carolina.
We congratulate all who purchased yearlings out of these sales and wish you the best of luck going forward.

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We congratulate SCTOBA member Baily Bolin who saw South Carolina homebreds Dizzy Gillespie and Bingo Banjo finish first and third at Gulfstream Park West on October 5.

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 South Carolina Stakes to Run November 28
The $50,000 Christopher Elser Memorial and the $50,000 Donna Freyer Stakes will run at Laurel Park on November 25.  The nomination list can be seen on the website.

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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.