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December 14, 2018
On the Horizon

Feb 9, 2019
Annual Awards Banquet
Steeplechase Museum
Camden, SC

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The 2018 calendar year is coming to a close. A lot has happened on many fronts that South Carolinians can be proud of. I encourage all to put a circle around Saturday, February 9 and join us at the SCTOBA Annual meeting at the National Steeplechase Museum.

Jack Sadler, President

Elloree Meeting A Success

We had a SCTOBA lunch and meeting at Goree Smith's Elloree Training Center on December 1. Thank you, Goree, for your hospitality and we thank Chris Williams for a great meal.

A very special thanks goes to Gigi Lazenby, Tom Aronson, Dwight Hall and Robert Bonnie for coming over from Kentucky to give a presentation on Historic Horse Racing.

Gigi Lazenby provided a video presentation. Tom Aronson, the original Chief Operating Officer of Exacta Systems described the Historic Horse Racing machines as "...a modern electronic form of racing entertainment". His message to the people of South Carolina is as follows:

"We believe there's a timely and unique opportunity to explore the redevelopment of racing in South Carolina through HHR, featuring the generation of significant fresh revenue for the state, its horse racing and breeding enterprises, and a new set of stakeholders - state education programs including veterinary schools, broad agricultural interests like the Farm Bureau, infrastructure projects and other designees - that can directly benefit from this modern horse-driven entertainment."

We will, of course, need to see sports betting approved in South Carolina with horse racing being included in the legislation.

We have plenty of food for thought on the table.

Racing Across the Country
As more and more two-year-olds make their racing debuts, opportunities for South Carolina farm and training center grads to shine multiply and they do!
Between October 20 and November 20, nine grads of all ages found their way to the winner's circle following stakes races. On October 20, Runaway Lute proved best among fellow New York-breds at Belmont Park in the Hudson H. He stalked the leader before taking control at the 3/8's pole and coming home a 3/4 length winner. Runaway Lute learned his early lessons at Travis Durr's Webb Carroll Training Center. Another former student there is Barin who captured the Maryland Million Turf Starter H. on the same day at Laurel Park. Having only one beat early on, Barin launched his bid 4 wide engaging the leader at the 1/8 pole. They battled to the wire with Barin reaching it first by a neck.
Franklin "Goree" Smith's Elloree Training Center had two grads win stakes on October 20. Talk Show Man showed guts in the Maryland Million Turf S. at Laurel Park. Racing mid-pack from the start to the stretch, he angled 5 wide and closed with a rush to win by a half length.   Lewisfield was also a winner at Laurel Park that day. He proved much the best in the Maryland Million Sprint H. Nearing the 1/4 pole, Lewisfield took command and coasted home 8 ¾ lengths in front.
South Carolina was represented with one more stakes winner on Maryland Million Day. The Cary Frommer graduate, My Star Potential, was the star in the Maryland Million Classic S. Bumped and consequently last soon after the start, she quickly recovered taking the lead before reaching the 5 furlong pole in this 6 furlong race. She opened up by 4 1/2 lengths at the top of the stretch then held one late closer safe winning by 1 1/2 lengths.
On November 10, Heavenhasmynikki went off as the favorite in the First Lady S. at Mahoning Valley. The betting public made the right call. This three-year-old Ohio-bred filly sat right behind the leader before advancing at the quarter pole and quickly putting the field behind her with her nearest pursuer being 5 lengths behind at the wire. Heavenhasmynikki came up through Travis Durr's program.
Two of Goree Smith's former students won stakes on November 10. At Laurel Park, Scrap Copper came from off the pace to capture the James F. Lewis III S. He came up between horses to win by 3/4's of a length. Scrap Copper is trained by Goree's brother, Hamilton Smith. Down in Florida at Gulfstream Park West, Kroy broke on top but briefly lost the lead at the half-mile pole. He came back putting his challenger away at the 1/8 pole and crossed the wire 1 1/2 lengths in front.
On November 17, T Rex Express left the starting gate as the favorite in the My Sister Pearl S. at Charles Town. He quickly opened up a daylight advantage after dropping down on the rail. No one was able to close the gap and T Rex Express proved to be 1 3/4 lengths the best.  T Rex Express is a product of Shuler Stable breaking program.

A New SCTOBA Directory
Thanks to the efforts of SCTOBA member Marsha Hewitt, we now have a South Carolina Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders brochure. This pamphlet provides the names and contact information for training centers and farms in Aiken, Camden, the Midlands and the Upstate.
These brochures will be available at various events or by contacting Jack Sadler at

Annual Meeting and Awards Presentation Set for Feb 9th
The SCTOBA Annual Meeting will take place at the National Steeplechase Museum in Camden, SC on Saturday, February 9. The festivities will begin at 6:00 PM. A meal will be provided by Jack Brantley's Aberdeen Catery. The guest speaker will be former champion jockey and now TV personality Richard Migliore.
All are invited to come and bring a friend.

Maximus Mischief Making Headlines
Maximus Mischief, an Into Mischief two-year-old purchased as a yearling by Cary Frommer and pinhooked at the Fasig-Tipton Two-Year-Old in Training Sale at Timonium in May, is now making his name well known in racing circles. Dogwood Stable's Cot Campbell was a member of the partnership put together for this pinhook venture.
Maximus Mischief broke his maiden in his career debut on September 29 at PARX winning by 8 3/4 lengths. He came back on October 20 romping by 6 lengths in an Allowance race at PARX. Maximus Mischief stepped up to 1 1/8 miles in the Grade 2 Remsen Stakes on December 1 at Aqueduct. Second early on, he came home a 2 1/4 length winner earning 10 qualifying points for the 2019 Kentucky Derby.
Maximus Mischief is owned by Chuck Zacny's Cash is King and LC racing and is trained by Butch Reid.

Charleston Steeplechase Brings End to Season  
Brian Foley, left, goes over a jump on Aydoun during the Nov 11th Steeplechase of Charleston.
Photo Credit:  Laure Petracca/Post and Courier

Under a partly cloudy sky and temperatures in the mid 60's, the Steeplechase at Charleston brought down the curtain of the National Steeplechase season.
Five races were held with four of them being over National Fences. Four different sets of connections visited the winner's circle. The first hurdle race was captured by Moss Code, owned by Irv Naylor and trained by Cyril Murphy. Under this year's leading rider Darren Nagle, Moss Code proved much the best winning by 5 lengths.
In the second race, Dynaformeresque came home a convincing 3 length winner. He is owned by Noble Stables and was saddled by Jack Fisher. Dynaformeresque was ridden to victory by Willie McCarthy.
Rosebrian Farm's Caldbeck romped home by 5 lengths under Ross Geraghty in the third race. Trainer Ricky Hendricks and Rosebrian Farm also won the training flat race with Indigo Heart.
The feature race of the day, a Ratings Handicap Hurdle, was captured by Invocation. Invocation won both of his 2018 starts. Owned by Straylight Racing LLC and trained by William Santoro, jockey Sean McDermott rode Invocation to a 2 length victory.
In the races won categories, Darren Nagle was the leading rider, Jack Fisher was the leading trainer and Irv Naylor had the most wins as an owner.
Steeplechasing returns to South Carolina next March.


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.