South Carolina  Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association

The first stride to the finish line begins in SC

April 7, 2020

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Aiken, SC

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Hollywood, SC

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President's Message
We pray for good health and safety for all as we deal with the Coronavirus outbreak.  With the disruption of the sales schedule and racing in many locales, audibles are being called on a daily basis.  Together, we will get through this health crises.  We are thankful this virus has not attacked our horse population.
Stay well!

Jack Sadler, President

Racing Across the Nation
Historically, the period between mid-February and mid-March has had a smaller number of stakes winners  that went through the breaking process on South Carolina farms and training centers.  This held true again this year as four runners entered the winner's circle following stakes races between February 20 and March 20.
On February 29, With Verve circled the field in the Hutcheson Stakes at Gulfstream Park.  The second longest shot on the board and last of 6 after the opening ½ mile, With Verve swung to the outside and put in a determined rally to get up for a neck victory.  This 3-year-old gelding learned his early lessons at Rentz Training Center, operated by Randy and Kala Rentz.
On the same day at Gulfstream Park, Mr Freeze stalked the leaders the opening ½ mile in the Gulfstream Park Mile Stakes-G2.  He launched his bid in the second turn, took command in the stretch and hit the wire 3 lengths in front.  Mr Freeze is a graduate of Franklin "Goree" Smith's program at the Elloree Training Center.
Arrifina, the 3-5 favorite in the Nellie Morse Stakes at Laurel Park on March 14, had her fans holding their breath during the stretch run.  Arrifina had only one beat for the opening ½ mile.  While four wide at the top of the stretch, she caught the leader at the eighth pole and in a duel to the finish line, she prevailed by a nose.  This 4-year-old filly came through Donna Freyer's breaking program at her Custom Care Equine facility in Camden.
Sally's Curlin notched her 5th career win, including 2 stakes wins, in 11 starts capturing the Hurricane Bertie Stakes-G3 at Gulfstream Park on March 14.  Also a graduate of "Goree" Smith's program, Sally's Curlin encountered trouble coming out of the gate and trailed the leader by over 14 lengths early on.  It took a ½ mile before she shifted gears.  Sally's Curlin came 8 wide into the stretch and would not be denied drawing clear late, crossing the finish line 2 ¾ lengths in front.  She was much the best.

  South Carolina Active at OBS Auction
The 2-year-old sales season began on the Ocala Breeders' Sales grounds on March 17-18.  Kip Elser's Kirkwood Stables, Cary Frommer and Marcus and Crystal Ryan's Mason Springs operations sold 2-year-olds they have been developing into racehorses during the winter months.
The Ryans, who call Aiken home, were the consignors for a Not This Time filly who sold for $140,000.  Kirkwood Stables, located in Camden, consigned a filly by Vancouver and a colt by Wicked Strong who together brought $150,000.  Cary Frommer, who also calls Aiken home, sold a Tapizar colt for $150,000.
Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, the dates for future sales are in question.  Due to the nature of our industry, sales companies will hold their auctions once restrictions are lifted - sooner rather than later - we hope.

Hugo Melgar urges his mount to the finish line.
Photo credit:  Barry Bornstein

Aiken Trials Provides Ray of Sunshine
The last sporting event that took place in Aiken (and possibly all of South Carolina) before the Coronavirus shutdown was the Aiken Trials on March 14.  Under a beautiful blue sky and comfortable temperatures, five thoroughbred Trials took place along with several pony races.  The 2-year-olds covered a ¼ mile while the older horses ran 4 ½ furlongs.
The first Trial, the Von Stade Trophy, was captured by a daughter of Flashback, owned by Terry Hutto, trained by Randy Rentz and ridden by Hugo Melgar.  This is the first time Rentz Training Center has participated in the Aiken Trials. 
The second Trial, The Gaver Trophy - Dr. Rebekah Brady Memorial Trophy, also for 2-year-olds, saw a daughter of Laoban cross the finish line first.  Listed as the owner is Brody Durr and the filly is trained by his Dad, Travis.  Rakeem Pauly rode.
In the third Trial, The Coward Trophy, the Debby McCutchen-owned Beach House proved best and is trained by Debby's son Jason.  Beach House is a 4-year-old daughter of Animal Kingdom.  Lamonte Smalls had the ride.

Tote Board, a 3-year-old daughter of Big Brown, captured the City of Aiken Trophy - Gus Schickendanz Memorial Trophy.  Travis Durr and Jason McCutchen are listed as owners.  McCutchen tightened the girth and Lamonte Smalls rode his second winner of the day.
The final Trial of the day, The Iselin Hall of Fame Trophy, went to the Lemon Creek Farm-owned Calibogee, trained by Wes Carter.  Lamonte Smalls completed his hat trick.
Future jockeys prepare to provide water for their mounts post race.
Photo credit:  Barry Bornstein

Regina Welsh and Wendy Collins-Gutfarb coordinated several pony races.  These races help introduce a younger generation to our wonderful sport.
Gus Schickedanz, who passed away earlier this year, was recognized as the 3rd inductee into the Aiken Training Track's Ambassador's Club joining Cot Campbell and Bill Simpson.

Two-Year-Old Sales in Limbo As New Dates Announced
While the first 2-year-old in training sale in 2020 did take place on the Ocala sales grounds on March 17-18, the dates for all the upcoming sales have been cancelled or pushed back.
The Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream sale, the Fasig-Tipton Santa Anita sale and the Keeneland April sale have all been cancelled with no plans to be held at a future date.  The Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Sale, normally held during the week following the Preakness, has been re-scheduled for June 24-25 at Timonium.  Another auction may be held at Timonium at a later date based on demand and need.
The Ocala Breeders' Sales Company has announced new dates for upcoming auctions.  The spring sale usually held in April, is now set for June 9-12 and the sale normally held in June, will take place July 14-17.

On the Legislative Front

SCTOBA and Mike Daniel of The Southern Group have been working together.  A bill has been presented to the State House to tackle the issue of how our training centers and equine industry can rebound and regain the role it has played over the years in South Carolina.

The bill has had a reading in the House.  Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, things have pretty much come to a halt in Columbia.  The Legislature is scheduled to meet in Columbia on April 8 to discuss budget matters  and propose a continuing resolution which will outline what will be discussed when the Legislature is able to reconvene, we hope, this fall.
The feedback has been positive.  While we are not talking about Advanced Deposit Wagering at the moment, the groundwork being laid now will be helpful when those discussions begin.

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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.