South Carolina training centers had nine graduates enter the winner's circle upon completion of stakes races between May 21 and June 20.
My Majestic Rose settled mid-pack for the opening ½ mile of the Grade 2 Summertime Oaks at
Santa Anita on May 26. Taking the lead at the 1/16th pole, she battled to the wire finishing a ½ length in front.
My Majestic Rose came up in Franklin "Goree" Smith's program at the Elloree Training Center..
The next day,
Pat On The Back, a graduate of Travis Durr's Webb Carroll Training Center in St. Matthews, proved best in the Commentator S. at Belmont Park. Always within striking distance, in a stretch long battle,
Pat On The Back reached the wire a nose in front.
Another Travis Durr grad,
Proper Discretion quickly showed why he was the 1-5 favorite, taking the lead soon after the break in the Michael G. Mackey Memorial Angenora S. at Thistledown. He gradually increased his advantage at every call winning by 9 lengths.
Hog Creek Hustle became a Grade I stakes winner on Belmont Stakes Day in New York. Having only one beat early on, he moved out seven wide turning for home before coming back inwards and making the lead about 70 yards before the wire. He prevailed by a neck.
Hog Creek Hustle was developed for a racing career under the watchful eye of "Goree" Smith.
Saint Alfred won the George F. Brown Memorial Dirt Mile S. at Suffolk Downs on May 19 and came back to the same track on June 8 proving best in the Last Dance S. Trailing the field for the first ¾'s of a mile, turning for home, he quickly put the field behind him drawing off by 6 lengths.
Saint Alfred has spent time at the Elloree Training Center and Webb Carroll Training Center.
Dr Blarney also has won two stakes in a row at Suffolk Downs. After capturing the Rise Jim S. on May 18, he galloped home a 9 length winner of the Mr. Meso S. on June 9.
Dr Blarney went through the breaking process at the Webb Carroll Training Center.
Eons proved best in the Stanton S. at Delaware Park on June 12. Last early on,
Eons veered to the outside in the stretch and in workman like fashion, closed the gap and reached the wire a ½ length in front.
Eons received his early lessons at Brad Stauffer and Ron Stevens' Legacy Stable in Aiken.
Another Legacy Stable grad captured the Obeah S. also at Delaware Park on June 15.
Gotham Gala broke on top and never relinquished her lead reaching the wire 3 ¼ lengths in front.
Mucho Gusto made it two Grade 3 stakes wins in a row at Santa Anita. A graduate of Kip Elser's Kirkwood Stables in Camden,
Mucho Gusto was best in the Grade 3 Lazaro Barrera S. on May 18 and came right back in the Grade 3 Affirmed S. on June 16. Fourth the opening ½ mile, he took the lead and drew clear in upper stretch crossing the line 2 ¼ lengths in front.