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Between September 24 and October 18, six horses who went through the breaking process at South Carolina training centers made their way to the winner’s circle following Stakes races.

That’s Right, a product of James Layden’s program in Ehrhardt, SC, broke on top and never looked back in the Turf Monster Stakes-G3 at PARX on September 24, crossing the finish line 1 ½ lengths in front. While That’s Right did not break his maiden until his seventh career start, he has 3 wins including 2 Stakes in 4 starts since then. He has earned $318,400.

Finest Work made her first Stakes appearance in her 11th start and made it a winning one capturing the John Hettinger Stakes on September 30 in New York. The Belmont fall meet is being held at Aqueduct this year due to a construction project going on at Belmont. Fifth for the first ¾’s of a mile, Finest Work came five -wide into the stretch, took the lead nearing the eighth pole and hit the wire a ½ length in front. Finest Work has spent time in South Carolina with both James Layden and Travis Durr at his Travis Durr Training Center in St. Matthews, SC. She has 5 wins, 2 seconds and 2 third place finishes in 11 career starts.

King Ice, a 2-year-old who went through Franklin “Goree” Smith’s program at the Elloree Training Center, was 11th having only one beat early on before working his way through the field and proving best in the Indiana Futurity at Horseshoe Indianapolis on October 5 winning by 1 ¾ lengths. King Ice had broken his maiden only a week before this Stakes win.

Another Elloree Training Center graduate, Manny Wah, captured the Phoenix Stakes-G2 at Keeneland on October 7. Manny Wah trailed the field for the first half-mile. He came up between horse and while still in traffic, put in a determined effort to get to the wire first by a neck. Manny Wah has made 34 career starts, an accomplishment you do not see often in this day and age. He has earned $791,355.

Private Creed stamped himself as one of the best 2-year-old turf sprinters in the nation on October 9, gaining his second Stakes victory in a row winning the Indian Summer Stakes at Keeneland. He rated behind horses before coming four-wide into the stretch. He took the lead inside the 1/16th pole and crossed the wire ¾ ‘s of a length in front. Private Creed went through the breaking process in Marcus and Crystal Ryan’s program in Aiken. He was sold at the Fasig-Tipton Two-Year-Old Sale at Timonium under the Ryan’s Mason Springs banner for $155,000. He has three wins in four career starts.

Beren continues to shine. He won his 7th Stakes proving best in the Jump Start Stakes at PARX on October 18. Beren broke alertly from the inside and set the fractions throughout. While he fought off challengers, he proved much the best in the stretch winning by 3 ¼ lengths. Beren is a graduate of Randy and Kala Rentz’s training center in Ehrhardt, SC.
Aiken Fall Steeplechase Returns
 
Before an enthusiastic crowd, the Aiken Fall Steeplechase returned after a two year absence on October 29. Five races were held – one on the flat and four over hurdles.

Jordan Wycoff, new to the National Steeplechase scene, captured two wins with horses making their hurdle race debuts. Ciara Belle beat the boys in a maiden claimer. After trailing early on, she worked her way through the field and won by 2 ½ lengths. In the day’s feature, a maiden race with a $30,000 purse, Topic Changer, also well off the pace early on, began his rally around the final turn and proved much the best winning by 4 ½ lengths. Both of these winners are trained by Keri Brion and were ridden by Barry Foley.

SCTOBA member Arch Kingsley is the owner-trainer of Cainudothetwist, the winner of a maiden filly and mare race. This filly broke on top and never looked back crossing the finish line 4 lengths in front. She was ridden by Jack Gilligan.

Soramond, owned by Ballybristol Farm and trained by Leslie Young, quickly opened up a huge lead under jockey Freddie Proctor and was never challenged winning by 15 ¼ lengths. This race was a $20,000 Handicap.

The one flat race was captured by the owner-trainer-rider team of Flying Elvis Stable, Neil Morris and Gerard Galligan. Be Yourself was the winner of the one and one quarter miles test by a ½ length.

Steeplechase racing will return to Aiken next March.

King’s Tree Trials Resounding Success

Blue skies and a cool breeze added to a fantastic day of racing at the 26th Running of the King's Tree Trials at McCutchen Training Center on November 5 in Kingstree, S.C. The event drew the largest crowd of spectators on record, and fans of quarter horse and thoroughbred racing were treated to a competitive seven race card. The Trials are a joint endeavor between McCutchen Training Center and the local Williamsburg Hometown Chamber. 
 
Along with the McCutchen family, local horsemen Frank Smith, Dean Keller and Greg Smith were some of the owners and trainers running in the thoroughbred races. It is the support of these individuals that makes the race program possible. 
 
Saturday gave clear evidence that horse racing is a fan favorite, and a grand time was had by all.
South Carolina TOBA Hold Wine Tasting

O October 16 the SCTOBA held a wine tasting event in Camden, SC. SCTOBA Board member Rich Scelfo and Mark Raymond put together a first-class presentation. Delicious hors d’ouevres were provided by Aberdeen Catery. The National Steeplechase Museum is a perfect place to host an event such as this.

The turnout was enthusiastic. This is a good way to spread the word of what the South Carolina Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association is all about and what our goals are for the future.
South Carolina Equine Advancement Act

The South Carolina equine industry committee held a reception honoring South Carolina’s Senate Majority Leader Shane Massey on October 18 in Aiken. The focus of this movement has been to help coordinate input into the assessment of the state’s horse economy and promote legislation known as the South Carolina Equine Advancement Act. The ultimate goal is to promote South Carolina’s horses and horse-driven businesses, sports, and recreation.

Steeplechase of Charleston Ends NSA Season

The Steeplechase of Charleston at Stono Ferry takes place on Sunday, November 13. This will be the last steeplechase meet for the 2022 National Steeplechase Association season. The Charleston steeplechase tradition started in 1792. Four races over hurdles and one flat contest will be held with post time for the first race being at 1:00 PM. Gates to the grounds open at 8:00 AM.

For ticketing and parking information visit www.steeplechaseofcharleston.com

About SCTOBA
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
 803-920-9005