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The first stride to the finish line begins in SC

September 11,   2017 
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Aiken Fall Steeplechase
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Kingstree Trials
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While the yearling sales season is hitting full stride, we have clouds - hurricanes and tropical storms - hanging over our heads.  The South Carolina Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association thanks all who have stepped forward to help care for the well-being of our equine athletes and all people and animals affected by the weather.

Jack Sadler, President

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Racing Across America

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, Paid Up Subscriber looked like 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.

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Franklin "Goree" Smith Honored
Franklin "Goree" Smith was honored by the National TOBA at their TOBA National Awards Dinner held at historic Calumet Farm in Lexington, KY on the evening of September 9.  For the fifth time in the past seven years, Goree was recognized as the outstanding breeder in South Carolina.
Smith opened the Elloree Training Center in 1976.  While he does stand some stallions, Goree is best known for the many stakes winners he has helped develop over the years. Standouts in 2017 include Stellar Wind, Keen Ice and Farrell.
Hall of Fame jockey Chris Antley began his riding career at the Elloree Training Center.
The South Carolina Owners and Breeders Association is proud to be represented by a top class gentleman who runs a first class operation.
Photo credit:  Larry Hardy
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Yearling Sales Season Hits Full Stride

The yearling sales season is a very important time for the South Carolina Thoroughbred horse industry. This is the time South Carolina-based owners, trainers and their clients assemble a new yearling class that will be prepared for racing careers.
The Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Selected Yearling Sale took place August 7 and 8.  It was followed by the New York-bred Preferred Yearling Sale on August 12 and 13.  Our state was well represented in the Fasig-Tipton sales pavilion.
Yearlings purchased out of the Selected Sale left Saratoga headed for the Webb Carroll Training Center, Kip Elser's Kirkwood Stables, Donna Freyer's Custom Care Equine operation in Camden, Cary Frommer's stables in Aiken, Brad Stauffer's Legacy Stable also in Aiken, and "Goree" Smith's Elloree Training Center.
Others with South Carolina connection who made purchases at the New York-bred Preferred Sale include Wes Carter, James Layden and Justin Wojczyuski. 
I am sure I am leaving out people who deserve recognition.  I do apologize and let me know who you are.
Fasig-Tipton conducts The Turf Showcase on September 10 and the Keeneland September Yearling Sale begins September 11 running through September 23.  Good luck to all.
Photo credit:  Fasig-Tipton
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South Carolina Responds To Call For Action
Farm owners, horse show facilities, training centers and numerous people with stalls and paddock space in South Carolina have helped provide a safe haven for horses affected by the hurricanes and tropical storms.  Even before the East Coast has had to deal with torrential rain and wind, South Carolinians have helped provide for horses affected in Texas and Louisiana.
Donations of hay, feed, bedding, vet care and farrier services have helped the well-being of many animals - not only our equine athletes.
In times of trials and tribulations, the horse community always seems to find a way to pull together and help those in need.  We thank all of you for your contributions.
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Fall Steeplechase Season Upon Us
The Fall Steeplechase season is ready to begin.  The Aiken Fall Steeplechase will be held on October 28.  The 2017 National Steeplechase season comes to an end right here in South Carolina with the Steeplechase of Charleston being held in Hollywood, SC on November 12.
For those who would like to attend these meets, ticketing and parking can be found on the respective websites.
A South Carolina highlight during the Saratoga steeplechase season was Show Court winning the Jonathan Kiser Novice Stakes.  Show Court is owned by South Carolina resident Mark Buyck and trained by SCTOBA member Arch Kingsley.

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Nominations Are In For SC Residency Stakes
The nominations are in and we are ready for the $50,000 Christopher Elser Memorial Stakes and the $50,000 Donna Freyer Stakes to take place at Laurel Park in Maryland on Saturday, November 25.
We have had an excellent response from owners of two-year-olds who spent at least 90 days in South Carolina last fall and winter.
We thank Laurel Park and all who are supporting the program.  The nomination lists can be found on the SCTOBA  WEBSITE.



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.