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President's Message
With the yearling sales kicking into gear, this is the time of the year when the young horses begin to arrive in South Carolina to begin the breaking and training process. Just like the beginning of a new school year!
Whenever a significant event or stakes win takes place, I would love to hear about it. Please send me an e-mail - Thanks.

Jack Sadler, President

Racing Across the Country
South Carolina farms and training center graduates found their way to the Winner's Circle ten times after stakes races between June 30 and July 17. This happened five times on July 6!
On June 30, Saint Alfred proved best in the Thomas F. Moran S. at Suffolk Downs. Fourth early on, Saint Alfred was in close quarters while between horses inside the 1/8 pole. He got up to win by a head. Saint Alfred has spent time at both the Elloree Training Center and Webb Carroll Training Center.
Lady Luck looked kindly upon Top Line Growth on July 5. While crossing the finish line second in the Iowa Derby at Prairie Meadows, he was declared the winner when Winning Number was disqualified for interfering with the third place finisher in the stretch. Top Line Growth went through the breaking process with Donna Freyer in Camden.
South Carolina grads won three races in a row at Belmont Park on July 6. All three were graded stakes.
Concrete Rose stalked the leader for the opening mile in the Belmont Oaks Invitational S.-G1. She took the lead at the 1/8 pole and was drawing away to cross the line 2 ¾ lengths in front. Concrete Rose learned her early lessons under Justin Wojczynski in Aiken.
Thirty-five minutes later, Promises Fulfilled broke on top and never looked back in the John A. Nerud S.-G2. In the stretch, Promises Fulfilled showed why he was the 3-5 favorite pulling away from the field being best by 4 ½ lengths. He was prepared for his racing career by Franklin "Goree" Smith at his Elloree Training Center.
Henley's Joy conquered a full field of 14 in the Belmont Derby Invitational S.-G1. Never far back while on the inside, Henley's Joy angled out to the three path turning for home and in a determined effort, he came on to win by ¾'s of a length . This colt came up in Cary Frommer's program in Aiken.
South Carolina grads also won back-to-back stakes races at Delaware Park on July 6. Dr Blarney showed speed out of the gate and led wire-to-wire in the Carl Hanford Memorial S. being first to the finish by 4 ½ lengths. Dr Blarney came up under the watchful eye of Travis Durr at his Webb Carroll Training Center in St. Matthews. This six-year-old gelding has 20 wins in 28 career starts with career earnings of $628,640.
In the next race, Eons proved best in his second stakes win in a row at Delaware Park in the Kent S.-G3. In a stretch long duel, Eons would not be denied reaching the wire first by a neck. Eons is a product of Brad Stauffer and Ron Stevens' Legacy Stable breaking process in Aiken.
Jaguar Poz broke like a rocket in the Leematt S. at Presque Isle Downs on July 7. He never really slowed down increasing his advantage during the final ¼ mile winning by 2 ½ lengths. He was prepared for his  racing career at Randy and Kala Rentz's training center in Erhardt, SC.
On July 14, Ghoul's Night Out raced mid-pack for the first ½ mile of the Jameela S. at Laurel Park. She kicked into gear entering the stretch and got up at the wire a neck in front. Ghoul's Night Out graduated from "Goree" Smith's school in Elloree.
Ace of Aces was the best in the Snack S. at Indiana Grand on July 17.   He raced comfortably on the front end from the outset. While pressured a bit in the stretch, he finished first by ¾'s of a length. Ace of Aces also was developed by "Goree" Smith.

South Carolina Connections Buy at Fasig-Tipton July Sale
The yearling sales season kicked off on July 9 with the Fasig-Tipton July Sale. Stuart Grant, owner of the Camden Training Center, purchased colts by Morning Line, Hit It A Bomb and Street Boss. He also purchased a filly by Dialed In. These yearlings were bought under The Elkstone Group banner. Donna Freyer has Mr. Grant's yearlings in Camden.
Travis Durr's Webb Carroll Training Center signed the tickets for fillies by Tourist and Nyquist plus a colt by Brody's Cause. Cary Frommer left the sales grounds with a colt by Palace and a filly by Cinco Charlie.
Kip Elser, owner of Kirkwood Stables, will bring a Great Notion colt to Camden and James Layden returned to South Carolina with an Outwork colt.

Franklin "Goree" Smith Featured in BloodHorse
The July 27 edition of the BloodHorse magazine contained an article featuring Franklin "Goree" Smith, Sr. and his Elloree Training Center. Goree talks about his earliest memories attending the races at the track in Elloree. After spending time at various racetracks, Goree started leasing the Elloree Training Center before buying it in the mid-1970's.
Describing his love for young horses, Goree says," It was so much fun breaking young horses and watching them develop. You learn so much about the animals doing that as they go through that stage. It's like kids growing up through their teenage years." While Goree uses the word "was" opening his remarks, I promise you, retirement is not in his dictionary!
The article was written by Evan Hammonds and pictures are provided by Maggie Kimmett. Maggie attends the Elloree Trials religiously and helps put together the South Carolina pages for the Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred magazine.

BloodHorse Features Breaking and Training Centers
Along with the article on Goree Smith and his Elloree Training Center, Travis Durr's Webb Carroll Training Center was included in a special section of 2019-2020 Breaking and Training Centers.
The official 2019 Kentucky Derby winner, Country House, spent seven months under Travis Durr and his crew's care. Country House's half-sister, the Graded stakes winner, Mitchell Road, also is a graduate of Durr's program.
We hope to see more South Carolina training centers recognized when BloodHorse features another special section in its August 24 edition.

Concrete Rose Captures Saratoga Oaks
The New York Racing Association created the Turf Trinity for three-year-old colts and fillies this year. The filly version, known as the Triple Tiera, consists of the Belmont Oaks, the Saratoga Oaks and the Jockey Club Oaks.
Concrete Rose has captured the first two legs of the series. She led wire-to-wire on August 2 at Saratoga winning the Saratoga Oaks by 4 ¾ lengths.
Concrete Rose was purchased as a yearling by Justin Wojczynski at the Keeneland September Sale and brought to Aiken to go through the breaking process. She was then sold at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale for two-year-olds in training in May 2018.
During her career, Concrete Rose has won 6 of 7 lifetime starts for earnings of $1,218,650. She is owned by Ashbrook Farm and BBN Racing LLC. George "Rusty" Arnold is the trainer.

From the President's Desk
The thoroughbred racing industry said good-bye to a Pillar of the Turf, Marylou Whitney, on June 19. Known as the "Queen of Saratoga", she has been a prominent owner in the game for over 60 years. She married Cornelius Vanderbilt "Sonny" Whitney in 1958. Following Sonny Whitney's death in 1992, Marylou Whitney married John Hendrickson in 1997.

The Whitney family owned Joye Cottage in Aiken. Joye Cottage was built in 1897 and owned by the Whitney family until 1980.
Greentree Stables, owned and developed by members of the Whitney family had a long presence at the Aiken Training Center.
Paul Mellon's Sea Hero, winner of the 1993 Kentucky Derby died in July at the age of 29. Under the care of trainer MacKenzie "Mack" Miller, Sea Hero was prepared for his Kentucky Derby bid at the Aiken Training Center. He also captured the Travers Stakes that year.
Wallenda, campaigned by Cot Campbell's Dogwood Stable was also a participant in the Derby that year.


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.