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The first stride to the finish line begins in SC

  June  2017 
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Aiken Fall Steeplechase
Aiken, SC

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Kingstree Trials
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Laurel Park

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South Carolina trainers have been very busy the past several months with the Two-Year-Old in Training sales.  Of course, the main focus has been preparing their charges to ship to various trainers and tracks around the country and launch their racing careers.
The yearling sales cycle will soon begin.  This is a time of high anticipation as our training operations stock up for the Class of 2018.

Jack Sadler, President

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Racing Across America

Horseracing is in the spotlight in April and May and South Carolina training center grads found the winner's circle following stakes races from the East Coast to the West Coast and up into Canada.
On April 22, Spa Creek, a graduate of Shuler Stables in Orangeburg, SC came from only having one horse beat early on to begin to circle the field in the turn and got up to win the Original Gold Stakes at Charles Town by a half-length.
Just a few hours later, Slip the Cable, also a Shuler Stables grad, captured the Confucius Say Stakes at Charles Town.  He broke on top and never looked back crossing the finish line 3 ½ lengths in front.
Also on April 22 at Laurel Park, Absatootly was best in the Primonetta Stakes.  Prepared for her racing career by Donna Freyer at her Custom Care facility, Absatootly stalked the leaders while four wide before taking command at the 1/8 pole and drawing clear to win by 1 ¼ lengths.
Party Boat was the victor in the Memories of Silver Stakes at Aqueduct on April 23.  Third for the first ¾'s of a mile, Party Boat joined the leader inside the 1/8'th pole and went head and head to the finish line.  She drew clear in the shadow of the wire.  Party Boat learned her early lessons under the direction of Travis Durr and Webb Carroll at the Webb Carroll Training Center in St. Mathews, SC.
It was a gold star day for the Webb Carroll Training Center on May 5 as Abel Tasman hit the wire first in the Grade I Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs.  It is a great honor to earn a spot in the starting gate for this three-year-old filly classic and an "over the moon" experience for all the connections to win it!   Abel Tasman was dead last early on.  Over 16 lengths behind the leader after a ½ mile, this filly then launched her bid coming six wide around the turn before making the lead inside the 3/16's pole and surging home a 1 ¼ length winner.
On May 6, Kentucky Derby Day, Arklow, in a hard fought, courageous effort, came home on top in the Grade II American Turf Stakes.  Arklow was prepared for his racing career at the Elloree Training Center of Franklin "Goree" Smith.  Seventh early on, Arklow gradually improved his position hitting the front in deep stretch and winning by a length
Someday Soon proved best in the Tomboy Stakes at Balterra Park in Ohio on May 14.  Travis Durr's Webb Carroll Training Center orchestrated Someday Soon's breaking process.  The filly was second for the first ½ mile before taking command and controlling the race to the wire in the stretch run.

Modern, who learned his early lessons from Tim Jones, head of the Darley operation in Aiken, went wire-to-wire in the George Royal Stakes at Hastings Park in Canada also on May 14.  This was Modern's 9th win and 20th top 3 finish in 28 career starts.
On May 19, Black-Eyed Susan Day at Pimlico, Happy Mesa put a smile on many faces when she came from over 16 lengths back to finish first in the Hilltop Stakes at Pimlico.  Happy Mesa saved ground on the inside before swinging out five wide into the stretch and gaining control inside the sixteenth pole and crossing the line a length in front of the rest.  Happy Mesa is a product of Goree Smith's breaking program.

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  Cary Frommer Named President of Aiken Training Track
South Carolina SCTOBA Board member Cary Frommer was recently elected President of the Aiken Training Track succeeding Brad Stauffer.  Stauffer has passed the baton in order to give his full devotion to his Legacy Stable operation.
Cary first came to Aiken in 1981 and was immediately hired by Ross Pearce to become an exercise rider for Buckland Stable.  Through 26 of the next 36 years, she spent every winter in Aiken and spent summers in Fair Hill, Delaware or Woodbine.  Frommer says, "The main constant in my life during the past 36 years has been Aiken and the Aiken Training Track."
Cary Frommer has developed one of the most successful pinhooking operations in the country.  Cary observed,  "...people like Kip Elser, James Layden and Wes Carter were able to successfully do it out of South Carolina.  It's what I wanted to do but there was still a misconception that you have to be in Florida to do it.  Now my stable consists of  about 50% pinhooking horses and 50% of horses being broken and trained to go on to trainers at the races."
The Aiken Training Track has a great history dating back to 1940.  While the racing industry has seen changes over the years, Cary says,  "I would like to see the Aiken Tracking Track return to a vibrant training track atmosphere filled with young trainers getting a leg up into the business.  Because people no longer winter horses, and the large private stables are becoming a thing of the past, we are up against it a little..  But there are always the babies, and I think South Carolina, with its mild weather changes (a very important factor for the health and development of young horses) and top horseman is at the top of the list for them."
The Aiken Trials and Elloree Trials held in March each year are popular, well attended events by both horsemen and fans.  Both are a great prep for horses getting ready to go out into the world.  Regarding the Aiken Trials, Frommer commented, "I'm excited about "outside" horses competing in the Trials.  I think it is a good thing for the people not stabled in Aiken and good for the competition in Aiken.  We in South Carolina are working together and bonded by good will to make things better for all of the horsemen in our state."

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SCTOBA Completes Belmont Exacta
South Carolina TOBA members Jack Sadler , Travis Durr and Webb Carroll are closely connected to Tapwrit and Irish War Cry, the one-two finishers in the Belmont Stakes on June 10.  Jack and Travis were at the track and ran into each other just before the horses loaded into the gate.
Along with Robert LaPenta and Bridlewood Farm, the Belmont winner Tapwrit is owned by Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners.  Jack is Vice-President of Operations of that company.
Irish War Cry ran a valiant race setting the pace into the deep stretch.  He was broke as a yearling by Travis and Webb at the Webb Carroll Training Center.  Both of these colts had troubled trips in the Kentucky Derby.  Trainers Todd Pletcher and Graham Motion put the five weeks between races to good use and had the horses in peak condition to cover the 1 ½ miles of the Belmont.  Graham Motion was the guest speaker at the annual awards banquet in January.
This was Jack's second time being in the winner's circle following the Classic.  As long-time Vice President of Dogwood Stable, the Sadlers were at Belmont when Aiken-trained Palace Malice won in 2013.
Abel Tasman, winner of the Grade I Kentucky Oaks came east again from California to capture the Grade I Acorn Stakes on Belmont Day.  Having won back to back Grade I's, Abel Tasman has to be considered the leader of the three-year-old filly division.  This daughter of Quality Road (who trained in Aiken at one time with Brad Stauffer and Ron Steven's Legacy Stable), was prepared for her racing career at Travis Durr and Webb Carroll's training center.
The South Carolina Owners and Breeders Association salute these horses and their connections! 
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South Carolina Strong at Timonium
South Carolina had a strong presence at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Two-Year-Old in Training Sale at Timonium, MD on May 22-23.  Cary Frommer sold 21 including the third highest offering of the sale, a Ghostzapper colt for $800,000.  Wes Carter had some six digit sales including an Into Mischief  filly that went for $425,000.  Kip Elser of Kirkwood Stables consigned a Super Saver filly that brought $290,000.  James Layden sold a Morning Line colt for $180,000.  Marcus and Crystal Ryan of Aiken, had a successful pinhook selling a filly by Violence for $70,000.
Congratulations to all!

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Stellar Wind Continues to Shine
Stellar Wind, a graduate of Franklin "Goree" Smith's Elloree Training Center, captured the second Grade I win in two starts this year and fifth career Grade I in the Beholder Mile at Santa Anita on June 3.  She defeated two other Grade I winners - Vale Dori and Finest City.
While Stellar Wind was last out of the gate, she joined Vale Dori in the turn for home.  The duo ran as a team through the stretch.  Stellar Wind would not be denied winning by a head.
Winner of the Grade I Apple Blossom Handicap at Oaklawn Park in April, Stellar Wind now has career earnings of $2,053,200.  She was the 2015 Eclipse Award-winning Three-Year-Old Filly and it will be exciting to see her tackle Songbird down the road.

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There's still time
SC Residency Stakes' Final Closing August 15
We thank all who used the "Early Bird" nomination option for the South Carolina Residency stakes.  More than 150 nominations were received by March 31.  The final closing is August 15 .  Both The Christopher Elser Memorial (two-year-old colts and geldings) and the Donna Freyer Stakes (two-year-old fillies) will be held at Laurel Park later this year.

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SCTOBA Welcomes New Sprout

Lee Christian's Burden Creek Farm and Clifton Farm have this son of To Honor and Serve out of Frangible by Broken Vow on track for the 2020 Kentucky Derby.
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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.