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Racing Across the Nation
From June 3 through June 14, eight graduates of South Carolina farms and training centers reached the winner’s circle following Stakes races.

Maldives Model and Nimitz Class, graduates of Randy and Kala’s Rentz Farm Training Center in Erhardt, SC, won Stakes at Penn National on June 3. Maldives Model broke on top and never looked back in the Lyphard Stakes crossing the finish line 1 ½ lengths in front.

Nimitz Class had an eventful trip in the Danzig Stakes. Towards the back of the pack early on, he angled to the outside, encountered traffic before moving up between horses and in a sustained drive, got up to win by ¾’s of a length. Nimitz Class has recorded 4 wins in 6 lifetime starts.

On June 5, I’m Listening proved best in the Smart N Cassy Handicap at Monmouth Park.  This former student of Donna Freyer at her Custom Care Equine operation in Camden, won her first Stakes in her 38’th career start. Mid-pack early on, I’m Listening took the lead in upper stretch and showed heart and determination to win by a ½ length. This 8-year-old mare has earned $307,604 during her career.

On the same day, Dreaming of Drew captured her third Stakes win in the Belle Mahone Stakes at Woodbine. She quickly took the lead after the start and maintained her advantage throughout coasting to a 2 ¾ length victory. This filly went through the breaking process at the Travis Durr Training Center in St. Matthews. In 8 career starts, Dreaming of Drew has 4 wins, 2 seconds and a 3rd with earnings of $332,417.

Miss Leslie recorded her second Stakes win in a row proving best in the Obeah Stakes at Delaware Park on June 8. Also a graduate of the Travis Durr Training Center, Miss Leslie trailed the field for the opening ½ mile. Launching her bid during the turn for home, Miss Leslie was 7 wide while passing foes reaching the finish line a ½ length in front. This was Miss Leslie’s sixth career Stakes win and she has earned $565,650.

Hungarian Princess, who learned her early lessons at Franklin “Goree” Smith’s Elloree Training Center, captured her fourth Stakes victory in the Shelby County Stakes on June 8. All of her Stakes wins have been at Horseshoe Indianapolis. While racing five wide, Hungarian Princess sat right behind the leaders before taking over the lead approaching the 1/8th pole. She made it to the wire a length in front of the rest of the field. She has 8 wins, 4 seconds and a 3rd in 15 career starts. Hungarian Princess has accumulated earnings totaling $383,879.

Leader of the Band gained her second Stakes victory winning the Lady’s Secret at Monmouth Park on June 11. This filly came up through the Rentz Farm Training Center program. She stalked the leaders before coming three wide. Leader of the Band battled the length of the stretch and proved best by a head.

Eons is now a four time Stakes winner capturing the Bensalem Match Series Stakes at PARX on June 14. While trailing the field early, Eons moved outside to lead the field into the stretch and then would not be denied winning by a nose. Eons was prepared for his racing career by Brad Stauffer and Ron Stevens in Aiken. The parents of his owner, Mark Grier, were longtime residents of Aiken. During his career, Eons has raced over 11 different racetracks!
Two-Year-Old Debut Winners

The Travis Durr Training Center was represented by four 2-year-olds who won first time out between May 31 and June 15. Wild Army Brat (May 31) broke her maiden at PARX. Andiamo A Firenze (June 3) won at Belmont and on the next day, Great Navigator won at Monmouth. On June 15, Puttheblameonme scored in his debut at PARX.

Rentz FarmTraining Center was represented with a first time out 2-year-old winner at PARX on May 23 when Little J P reached the finish line first.
South Carolina-breds Win in Maryland

South Carolina’s leading sire, Straight Talking, had progeny win races in May and June in Maryland. Swayin to and Fro was a three time winner at Pimlico and Laurel. Harper’s Do also was at winner at Laurel. Both were bred by “Goree” Smith who stands Straight Talking at his Elloree training Center.

Another won of Smith’s stallions who stood there was Done Talking, the sire of Dixie Drawl, a winner at Laurel in June. Dixie Drawl was also bred by Smith.
Yearling Sales Season Ready to Kick Off
Now that the 2-year-old in training sales season has come to a close, the yearling cycle is ready to begin. Action starts on July 12 with the Fasig-Tipton July Sale of Selected Yearlings taking place in Lexington, KY. Fasig-Tipton’s boutique The Saratoga Sale will be held in the Humphrey S. Finney Pavilion in Saratoga on August 8-9. This will be followed by the New York Bred Yearlings on August 14-15 also in Saratoga.

Keeneland’s blockbuster September Yearling Sale will take place September 12-23.

The yearling sales activity through the end of September will conclude with the California Fall Yearlings on September 27.
From the Desk Of…..
--- On June 3, Conagher, who was prepared for racing at the McCutchen Training Center in Kingstree, SC, won at Churchill Downs. His final time was less than a fifth of a second off the track record for seven furlongs set by Groupie Doll in 2012.

--- On June 3-5, The New Vocations – All Thoroughbred Charity Horse Show was held at Highfields Event Center in Aiken, SC. New Vocations is the nation’s oldest and largest racehorse adoption program.
Isaac Burns Murphy and the Black Horsemen of American Thoroughbred Racing
Horse racing in the United States was born on the farmlands of the nation’s Southern states and in border states like Kentucky where African Americans dominated the workforce of the slavery-era.
In post-Reconstruction America, most would continue farm work to earn a living.
Some, however, were fortunate to care for livestock, among them horses. Fittingly, they dominated the early days of American racing as its jockeys and stable hands. But one African American jockey, dominant in his own time, remains dominant today: Isaac Burns Murphy.
Murphy is a Hall of Fame jockey born at the start of the American Civil War on April 16, 1861 in Fayette County, near Frankfort, Kentucky. Born on a farm, his parents, mother America and father Jerry Burns Skillman, a former slave, are believed to have been free.

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A new addition to E. Ron Madden's stable - a filly by Hopportunity out of Ying Yue by Jump Start foaled in Aiken.
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Now is the time. Working together makes for a better industry. Please join and support South Carolina Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association. We thank you for your past support of SCTOBA and encourage you to renew for 2022. Click on renewal form here or it can be found on our website below.
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
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 Aiken, SC 29803