Graduates of South Carolina training centers dotted the landscape across the country recording 13 stakes wins between July 21 and August 20.
The two-year-old filly,
Dream It Is, recorded her third win in a row remaining unbeaten capturing the Schylerville S. G3 at Saratoga on July 21. Stalking the leader the opening 1/2 mile, she pulled away in the stretch winning by 9 lengths.
Dream It Is came up under Travis Durr and Webb Carroll's program at the Webb Carroll Training Center in St. Matthews, SC.
Another graduate of the same program is
Ami's Mesa, winner of the Ontario Matron S. G3 at Woodbine on July 22. While racing mid-pack throughout much of the race, she kicked into gear in the stretch getting up to win by a length.
The winner's circle was again occupied by a Webb Carroll Training Center grad on July 22 as the two-year-old colt ,
Firenze Fire, proved best in the Sanford S. G3 at Saratoga. Fourth early on,
Firenze Fire took the lead at the top of the stretch and came home a length winner. This was his second win in two career outings.
The Webb Carroll Training Center run continued into the next day as
Abel Tasman recorded her third Grade 1 stakes win this year in the Coaching Club American Oaks G1 also at Saratoga. Having only one horse beat early on,
Abel Tasman advanced to the front after a ½ mile. In a hard fought battle the final 1/8'th, she prevailed by a head establishing herself as the top three-year-old filly in the country.
On the steeplechase front,
Show Court came out on top of a field of 7 at Saratoga in the Jonathan Kiser Novice S. on July 26. Developed by Arch Kingsley in Camden,
Show Court is owned by Florence, SC resident Mark Buyck. This 8-year-old gelding won the 2 1/16 mile test by 1 ¼ lengths.
Coal Front extended his unbeaten streak to 3 capturing the Amsterdam S. G2 at Saratoga on July 29. This three-year-old colt wired the field winning by 1 ½ lengths.
Coal Front came up under the watchful eye of Kip Elser at Kirkwood Stables.
Stellar Wind has now won three Grade 1 stakes this year hitting the wire first in the Clement L. Hirsch S. at Del Mar on July 30. This mare, who went through the breaking process at Franklin "Goree" Smith's Elloree Training Center, has 9 stakes wins in only 15 career starts. While engaged in a stretch long duel,
Stellar Wind beat her nemesis,
Vale Dori, by a neck on the wire.
In the Grade 1 Shuvee S. on July 30 at Saratoga,
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Secretariat leaving the field behind crossing the finish line 32 ½ lengths in front. This mare is also a product of the Elloree Training Center.
The ten-year-old gelding Two Notch Road, broke and trained by Glenn Thompson, who spends his winters in Aiken proved best in the Meadow Stable S. at Laurel Park on August 5. Fifth early on, he came five wide into the stretch and got up in the final strides to win by a head.
Also on August 5, Zennor, who was prepared for his racing career by Tim Jones of the Darley operation in Aiken, gained his third straight victory in the Fasig-Tipton Lure S. in his stakes debut. Always prominent, he showed his will to win in the stretch crossing the wire a length in front.
August 5 was a productive day as Spring Quality won his stakes debut in the Robellino S. at Penn National. Another graduate of Travis Durr's program, this gelding was last with a 1/4 of a mile to run. He circled the field in the stretch with a furious rush having his head a neck in front at the wire.
Modern has won three stakes in his last four starts at Hastings Park capturing the Pacific Customs Brokerage H. on August 7. He learned his early lessons from Tim Jones in Aiken. In this stakes, Modern lead wire-to-wire but it was not easy. Challenged late, he made it to the wire with his nose in front.
"Goree" Smith's former student, Just Howard, notched his third straight win and second straight stakes victory in the Find S. at Laurel Park on August 19. Hard riddened through the stretch, Just Howard would not be denied hitting the wire with his neck in front.