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July 8,  2019
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President's Message
 
It's HOT in South Carolina! Fortunately, our horse people have plenty of experience on how to properly care for the horses and keep them comfortable. It's a good time of the year for companies that produce fans and stores that sell them!
 
Del Mar and Saratoga are getting ready to launch their seasons. More and more two-year-olds are working towards their career debuts. The people in South Carolina who contributed to the development of these horses get the opportunity to see their former students perform.

Jack Sadler, President
SCTOBA
803-920-9005


Racing Across the Country
   
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.


July 6 Huge Day for South Carolina Grads
 
Horses that went through the breaking process in South Carolina captured five stakes run at Belmont Park and Delaware Park on Saturday, July 6.
 
At Belmont Park, Concrete Rose (Aiken - Justin Wojczynski) proved best in the Grade 1 Belmont Oaks Invitational by 2 ¾ lengths. This was her third stakes win in a row. Thirty five minutes later at Belmont, Promises Fulfilled (Elloree Training Center) broke on top and never looked back in the Grade 2 John A. Nerud S. Sent off as the favorite, he won by 4 ½ lengths.
 
In the next race at Belmont Park, the Grade 1 Belmont Derby Invitational S., Henley's Joy (Aiken - Cary Frommer) went off as the second longest shot on the board. He put in a strong rally in the stretch to cross the finish line ¾'s of a length in front.
 
At Delaware Park, Dr Blarney (Webb Carroll Training Center) won his third stakes in a row proving best in the Carl Hanford Memorial S. Dr Blarney quickly took the lead from the inside and dictated the pace comfortably winning by 4 ½ lengths.
 
Eons (Aiken - Legacy Stable and owned by Aiken native Mark Grier) captured his second stakes in a row at Delaware Park. Engaged in a stretch long duel, he proved best in the Grade 3 Kent S. by a neck.

Two-Year-Olds Roll for Webb Carroll Training Center
 
Three two-year-olds that came out of Travis Durr's Webb Carroll Training Center broke their maidens in their career debuts. Indy Takes Charge was a winner at Churchill Downs on May 31. Bricktop claimed victory at Laurel Park on June 7 and Weekend Ride had his picture taken at Prairie Meadows on June 16

Notes From Aiken
 
Mark Grier, who spent much of his childhood in Aiken and longtime Dogwood partner, had two stakes winners during a four day period at Delaware Park. Both trained by Arnaud Delacour, Eons captured the Stanton S. on June 12 and Gotham Gala won the Obeah S. on June 15. Both were purchased as yearlings and sent to Brad Stauffer and Ron Stevens' Legacy Stable for the breaking process.

Racing Community Says 
Good-Bye to Gustav Schickedanz
 
The racing community said good-bye to a dear friend of the industry with the passing of Gustav Schickedanz on June 17. Schickedanz owned Longleaf Plantation near Aiken and was a strong supporter of the Aiken Trials. His horses wintered in Aiken and used the Trials in preparation for the upcoming Woodbine meet.
 
Inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 2009, Schickedanz received the E.P. Taylor Award recognizing his life-long dedication to racing in Canada this past April.
 
Wando was among the many stakes winners campaigned or bred by Schickedanz. He won the Canadian Triple Crown and was the Canadian Horse of the Year in 2003. Wando was the 2003 Aiken-trained Horse of the Year.
 
Mike Keogh trained for Mr. Schickedanz for over 20 years. He and his wife, Lou, have spent their winters in Aiken during that time.  Photo credit: Dave Landry


Jockeys and Jeans Fundraiser Hits $205,000
 
SCTOBA member Allan Monat was very involved in the organization of the sixth annual Jockeys and Jeans Fundraiser held on June 22 at Santa Anita. The event raised $205,000 for the Permanently Disabled Jockey's Fund. Fifteen Hall of Fame riders held an autograph session and Bob Baffert and Chris McCarron were guest speakers.
 
Allan shared his thoughts on the event:
"Many people behind the scenes helped to make this fundraiser a great success. It was an effort that starts approximately 11 months before the fundraiser starts. We are now starting to look at our next fundraiser which is going to be at Churchill Downs in Kentucky.        We are going to start accumulating horse racing memorabilia donated from many people including stallion shares and donations from many people in the horse racing industry. Everyone is invited to show their support and it is an event where many of the Hall of Fame Inductees of our sport attend and sign autographs and take pictures with everyone that attends."
Photo:  Allan Monat and Bob Baffert

Yearling Sales Season Begins
For all intent and purposes, July launches a new year for our South Carolina training centers. The yearling sales season begins July 9 in Lexington, KY on the Fasig-Tipton Company sales grounds. A couple of Fasig-Tipton yearling sales are held in Saratoga Springs, NY on August 5-6 and 11-12.. Keeneland has its annual yearling sale in Lexington, KY on September 9-22. Fasig-Tipton will have a sale in Pomona, CA on September 26. The Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Yearling Sale is conducted at Timonium on September 30 and October1. That sane company will have one more sale in Saratoga on October 15.
 
The Ocala Breeders' Sales Company will conduct a sale on October 8-10.
 
Each year, a large number of yearlings purchased out of these sales come to South Carolina to go through the breaking process and prepare for their racing careers.

 

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.