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The period between March 20 and April 20 was quiet for graduates of South Carolina training centers in search of the winner’s circle following Stakes races.

Gaslight Dancer, a graduate of Cary Frommer’s beaking program in Aiken, did prove best in the Palisades Stakes at Keeneland on April 16. This 3-year-old son of City of Light raced in midpack early on. He gradually advanced taking the lead in the stretch and in a drive, hit the finish line 1 ½ lengths clear of the rest.

Private Creed, who was developed in Aiken by Marcus and Crystal Ryan, finished fifth in the Palisades. He is a multiple Stakes winner having earned $625,756 and was named the 2022 Aiken Trained Horse of the Year.
SC Equine Advancement Act Update

As reported earlier, the House of Representatives passed the SC Equine Advancement Act on April 5 by a 55-44 vote. Our teams are still working hard to get this Bill passed by the Senate and signed by the Governor.  At this time though, it appears our efforts will need to carry over to the 2024 legislative session.

Thanks to everyone who has worked hard to make this effort successful. Keep up the good work. We will keep you posted.
SC Attorney Has Ownership Interest in Kentucky Derby Starter
The dream of every Thoroughbred racehorse owner is to be at Churchill Downs on the fist Saturday in May to watch their horse run in the Kentucky Derby. This dream came true for Charleston attorney Joe Rice this year.  More and more horses are owned by partnerships, a concept introduced by Dogwood Stable’s Cot Campbell in the early 1970’s.

Joe Rice took this path purchasing an interest in Confidence Game, a three-year-old colt by Candy Ride who earned entry into the Kentucky Derby when capturing the Rebel Stakes-G2 at Oaklawn Park in February. The program owner is Don’t Tell My Wife Stables and Confidence Game is trained by Keith Desormeaux.

While Confidence Game finished mid-pack, owning a Kentucky Derby starter is an unforgettable happening made more special when you can share the experience with family and friends.
Young South Carolina Riders on the Rise

South Carolina-bred jockey Taylor Kingsley, the 17-year-old daughter of SCTOBA members Arch and Wendy Kingsley has had a successful campaign riding in point-to-point and flat training races this year. She has won three point-to-point races run at Rappahanock, Warrenton and Old Dominion. Taylor rode Canudothetwist, owned and trained by her father Arch Kingsley to victory in the flat training race in Aiken and Cibolian for Hudson River Farms LLC at the Carolina Cup Races. Cibolian is also trained by Arch Kingsley. Arch won 130 races as a jump jockey during his career.

Mell Boucher, the daughter of steeplechase trainers Lilith and Richard Boucher, has established a steeplechase jockey career on the rise. In March, at the Warrenton Hunt Point-to-Point, Mell won three races with Tease and Seize in an open hurdle, Connagh’s Quay in an amateur/novice rider hurdle and Dublini in a flat race.

While born in Pennsylvania, twenty-year-old Boucher grew up in Camden. Mell began riding on the point-to-point circuit in 2018 and at National Steeplechase Association meets in 2019. Boucher has also traveled to Ireland this year to ride over hurdles at Cork.

Another South Carolina-bred upcoming rider is Eliza Edwards. Eliza grew up in Camden and is the daughter of Toby Edwards, the executive director of the Carolina Cup Races. Edwards won 41 races during his career as a steeplechase jockey before retiring in 2012.
Pictured above: Top Left Mell Boucher/Twitter
Top Center: Taylor Kingsley/photo by Tod Marks
Top Right: Eliza Edwards/ photo by Tod Marks
SC Consignors Active at OBS

Cary Frommer, James Layden and Marcus and Crystal Ryan (Mason Springs) were active consignors at the March Ocala Breeders’ Sale. Frommer sold three fillies for a total of $700,000. She consigned an Arrogate filly who brought $250,000, A Liam’s Map filly sold for $200,000 and a Runhappy filly for $150,000.

James Layden sold two colts and a filly for $535,000. The highlights were a Malibu Moon colt who brought $375,000 and a Bolt d’Oro filly who was hammered down for $135,000. He also sold a West Coast colt. Marcus and Crystal Ryan, under their Mason Springs banner, sold two colts by Take Charge Indy and Runhappy.

At the April OBS sale, the Ryans sold two fillies and a colt that brought a total of $185,000. They sold fillies by Maximus Mischief and Flameaway and a colt by Collected.

James Layden also sold three – two colts by Arrogate and Mitole and a filly by Catalina Cruiser.

South Carolina-based consignors are annually active at the Fasig-Tipton MidAtlantic Two-Year-Olds at Timonium in Maryland on May 22-23.
From the Desk of...
----- SCTOBA member Pierre Manigault experienced the thrill of watching his horse, Cape Gentleman, in the Grand National at Aintree, England on April 15. Unfortunately, Cape Gentleman suffered a career ending injury during the race but is able to return to the US for a well deserved retirement.

----- Franklin “Goree” Smith’s Elloree, SC-based stallion, Done Talking, sired two winners recently. The Smith-bred Tilted Tiera, a 4-year-old filly, won at Penn National on March 30. The 3-year-old filly, Out of Luck, also bred by Smith, broke her maiden at Laurel Park in her third career start on April 16.

----- Sweetie, a 5-year-old mare and a graduate of Randy and Kala Rentz’s training program in Erhardt, SC broke her maiden in her career debut in a Maiden Special Weight race at Aqueduct on April 6.

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Why join?
1.   Networking
This is the most common and most obvious benefit of joining SCTOBA. Our industry group is filled with potential contacts, who can help your racing goals move to the next level and become more prominent.

2.   Recognition
SCTOBA provides recognition for the contributions and accomplishments of our members at our annual SCTOBA Awards Banquet. These recognitions and validations provide a level of prestige and credibility in the minds of clients and customers which is invaluable.

3.   Influence
One of the key benefits of joining SCTOBA is the ability to support the mission of our industry and possibly influence legislation/policy that affects the sector. The combined resources of the members are often used to lobby policy makers and sway public opinion more positively towards the goals of our industry than any one group can hope to achieve, irrespective of its size. The SC Equine Advancement Act, currently under legislative consideration is an example of your membership in action.

4.   Insight
Membership in SCTOBA means immediate access to news or developments that affect your business and the sector as a whole. Your membership gives you MId-Atlantic Racing, one of our trade publications. Outside of the usual communication of members between each other, trade associations also provide newsletters, email updates and informative resources that help members stay on top of recent developments in the field through social media channels.

5.   Exchange of Ideas
Not only do members have access to information. SCTOBA provides a forum for members to share ideas and develop new ways to improve the industry.

6.   Relationships
Aside from all of the professional benefits that are available through membership, membership also provides an opportunity for members to connect to other industry colleagues as well. Strategic alliances provide members with valuable insight and further collaborative opportunities.

7.   Sustainability
SCTOBA can play a vital role in bringing stake holders together to address issues through joint collaboration to ensure the sport has the visibility it needs to help facilitate a sustainable interest to meet future demand.    
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.
Mr. Jack Sadler, President
 101 Ellenton Street SE
 Aiken, SC 29803