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South Carolina training centers and farms were represented by six Stakes winners between October 21 and November 18.

My Girl Sky became a Stakes winner for the first time on October 21 when she captured the Thunder Bay Stakes at Woodbine. My Girl Sky went through the breaking process at the Travis Durr Training Center. Fifth early on, she came four wide into the stretch, taking command inside the 1/8th pole and crossed the finish line 1 ¾ lengths in front.

After competing in eight Stakes previously, Coconut Cake found her way to the winner’s circle following the Maryland Million Ladies Stakes at Laurel Park on October 22. Fifth after a ½ mile, Coconut Cake began a steady forward move battling her way down the stretch proving best by a head. This 5-year-old mare came up through Cary Frommer’s program in Aiken.

Double Crown became a Stakes winner for the third time when he reached the finish line first in the Kelso Handicap-G2 at Aqueduct on October 29. Also a Cary Frommer graduate, Double Crown raced in the fifth position for the opening ¾’s of a mile. He launched his bid at the quarter pole and in a determined drive, would not be denied winning by 1 ¾ lengths. Double Crown was the longest shot on the board going off at 42-1!

November Rein, another filly developed by Travis Durr in St. Matthews, notched her second New York Stakes victory in the Iroquois Stakes at Aqueduct on October 30. Third early on while 5 wide, November Rein made the lead in upper stretch and held the others at bay crossing the finish line 1 ¼ lengths in front. This was her 4th win in 8 career starts and second Stakes victory.

Vacation Dance, a 2-year-old who came up through James Layden’s program in Erhardt, broke on top and never looked back in the Atlantic Beach Stakes at Aqueduct on November 5. Making only his third career start, Vacation Dance proved best by 1 ½ lengths. He broke his maiden Labor Day weekend at Saratoga then finished third in the Futurity Stakes-G3 at Aqueduct before winning the Atlantic Beach Stakes.

Luna Fortis became a 14-time winner on November 11 when she won the Clasico Dia del Veterano Stakes-G2 at Camarero Race Track on November 11. A graduate of Brad Stauffer and Ron Steven’s Legacy Stable program in Aiken, Luna Fortis was much the best winning by 3 ½ lengths. She has now made 37 career starts compiling a record of 14 wins, 7 seconds and 5 thirds. 
A Memorable Charleston Steeplechase
 The Steeplechase of Charleston closed out the National Steeplechase Association’s 2022 season on November 13. It was a special day for the Kingsley family. Taylor Kingsley, the daughter of SCTOBA members Arch and Wendy Kingsley, recorded her first win as a jockey riding SCTOBA member Pierre Manigault’s Merry Maker in the Training Flat race.

The team of trainer Keri Brion and jockey Barry Foley won two races. Pleasecallmeback, owned by Upland Flats Racing LLC was best in a Ratings Handicap Hurdle and Taking Charge, owned by Jordan Wykoff and Frank Mullins won the Alston Cup.

Other winners included Captain Middleton, owned by Leipers Fork Steeplechasers, trained by Leslie Young and ridden by Freddie Proctor, won a Maiden Claiming Hurdle event.

Neotropic won a Maiden Hurdle race. He is owned by Bruton Street-US trained by Jack Fisher and was ridden by Graham Watters. This win clinched the title of leading owner for the 2022 season for Burton Street.
Private Creed 2022 Aiken-Trained Horse of the Year

The Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame’s Advisory Board named Private Creed, a 2-year-old son of Jimmy Creed – South Andros by Sky Mesa, the 2022 Aiken-trained Horse of the Year. Making five starts this year, Private Creed broke his maiden in July at Ellis Park in Kentucky. After finishing third in the Skidmore Stakes at Saratoga, he captured the Global Tote Juvenile Sprint Stakes at Kentucky Downs and the Indian Summer Stakes at Keeneland. Private Creed finished third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Stakes-G1 also at Keeneland. He earned $599,313 this year.

Private Creed was purchased by Marcus and Crystal Ryan at the 2021 Keeneland September Yearling Sale for $45,000. The Ryan’s own Mason Springs Training Center near Windsor, SC and put the finishing touches on the horses they take to the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale at the Aiken Training Track. Private Creed was purchased by Mike McCarty for $155,000 and turned over to trainer Steve Asmussen.
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Beverly Park Records 13th Win in 2022
On November 28, Beverly Park, a 5-year-old son of Munnings-Medeira Park by Langfuhr, won his 13th race in 28 starts for the 2022 calendar year. He captured a Starter Allowance at Mahoning Valley Race Course. Not only does this make him the winningest Thoroughbred based on victories for the year but he also has made the most starts.

Beverly Park has made 45 career starts and has 23 wins, 7 seconds and 4 thirds. His lifetime earnings have reached $512,970. During his career, Beverly Park has raced at Timonium, Colonial Downs, Delaware Park, Thistledown, Churchill Downs, Belterra Park, Monmouth, Keeneland, Mahoning Valley, Laurel Park, Turfway Park, Charles Town and Oaklawn Park.

Purchased by SCTOBA member PTK LLC, Beverly Park went through the breaking and early training process at Bobby, Debby and Jason McCutchen’s training center in Kingstree, SC. He is currently owned by Bull Wright Stables, LLC and trained by Norman Cash.
SC Legislative Session Convenes in January

As 2022 draws to a close, we look forward to 2023 with eager anticipation. The South Carolina Legislative session will start in January and the South Carolina Equine Advancement Act will be introduced early in the session. Please reach out to your local legislatures and voice your support.

Mark Your Calendar
The South Carolina Owners and Breeders Association Annual Banquet will be held on Saturday, January 21, 2023 at the National Steeplechase Museum in Camden. Our guest speaker will be Eric Reed, the trainer of the 2022 Kentucky Derby winner Rich Strike.
Be on the lookout for more details forthcoming in the near future.
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