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 June 6,  2018 
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The Two-Year-Old in Training sales season is now winding down and the yearling sales will be here before we know it. Breaking, training and preparing young horses for their racing careers is a vital part of our horse industry in South Carolina. Our horsemen in all types of disciplines represent our state with class. We thank you all!
We always encourage you to submit items of interest you would like to see be a part of this newsletter.

Jack Sadler, President

Racing Across the Country
South Carolina farms and training centers had seven graduates capture stakes in Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania between April 21 and May 20.

Eye Luv Lulu, a graduate of Donna Freyer's Custom Care Equine, proved best in the Affirmed Success S. at Belmont Park on April 27.  He stalked the leader and put his head in front approaching the quarter pole. He maintained his advantage in the stretch winning by ¾'s of a length.

On the next day, April 28, Power of Snunner notched her fourth stakes victory and second time winning the Foxy J. G. S. at PARX.  She trailed the field before rallying from the outside getting up to win by a neck. This 8-year-old mare learned her early lessons at Shuler Stables in Orangeburg, SC.

Dr. Blarney quickly moved to the lead in the Patriot H. at Finger Lakes on April 30 and coasted home a 4 ½ length winner showing why he deserved to be the overwhelming favorite.  Dr. Blarney went through the breaking process under the direction of Travis Durr at the Webb Carroll Training Center. Backyard Heaven, also a graduate of Durr's program, recorded his third win in a row capturing the Alysheba S. (G2) at Churchill Downs on May 4.  Backyard Heaven chased the leader into the second turn before taking command and proving best by 4 ½ lengths.

Berned became a stakes winner for the second time on May 12 as she came from second to last to finish first in the Serena's Song S. at Monmouth Park.  Berned had to weave her way through traffic before gaining the lead in upper stretch and pulling clear to win by 1 ¾ lengths. This filly is a product of Kip Elser's Kirkwood Stables in Camden, SC.

The Doc Is In waited until the last jump and put his nose in front in the George F. Brown H. at Finger Lakes on May 14.  Fourth early on, he came four wide into the stretch. The Doc Is In learned his early lessons in St. Matthews at Travis Durr's Webb Carroll Training Center.  Travis also had Irish War Cry under his care at the same time. Irish War Cry, an earner of over $1,250,000, went right to the front soon after the break and never looked back proving much the best in the Pimlico Special (G3) the day before the Preakness.  This colt has now won four stakes - three of them graded.

We congratulate not only stakes winners but all the horses who reach the finish line first and help make our state proud.  More importantly, they do not need to win to still make us proud!!

In 2013 Cot Campbell let Palace Malice to the winner's circle.

Cot Campbell Named to 
"Pillars of the Turf"
It was announced on May 23 that Cot Campbell, founder and President of Dogwood Stable, has been named as a member of the "Pillars of the Turf" category in the Hall of Fame at the National Museum of Racing. The induction ceremony will be August 3 in Saratoga Springs.
Campbell, who relocated his Dogwood Stable operation to Aiken, SC in June of 1986, is known as the innovator of the partnership approach in thoroughbred racing ownership. The Pillars of the Turf are "individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to thoroughbred racing in a leadership or pioneering capacity at the highest national level."
Cot Campbell also received an Eclipse Award of Merit in 2012 among numerous other industry awards over the years.

South Carolina Well Represented at Timonium Sale
South Carolina-based trainers were active sellers at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Two-Year-Old in Training Sale at Timonium in Maryland on May 21 and 22.
Kip Elser, Cary Frommer and Wes Carter had large consignments that produced six digit averages for the sale. Marcus and Crystal Ryan's Mason Springs, James Layden Sr. and Justin Wojczynski also sold.
Kip Elser's Kirkwood Stables' consignment sold a son of Mucho Macho Man for $625,000. In total, he sold eight for an average of $123,125. Cary Frommer completed the sale with a total of 12 bringing $1,376,000, producing an average of $114,667. Her highest price was a son of Into Mischief going for $340,000.
Wes Carter brings a group to Timonium every year. He sold a Morning Line colt for $300,000. Carter's six sold for an average of $109,167. Two of Carter's offerings were prepared at Travis Durr's Webb Carroll Training Center.
Justin Wojczynski (White Pine Thoroughbreds) brought s consignment for the first time highlighted by a Noble Mission (GB) colt that sold for $160,000.
While the Ryan's and James Layden had smaller consignments, we are proud to have all these trainers represent our state with class.

Fenwick Equestrian Launches New Venture
Wilhelmina and Fred McEwan's Fenwick Equestrian has launched a campaign to increase awareness about their therapeutic Liquid Titanium® products.  With all the drug issues in the equine industry, their LT® head gear helps settled horses naturally.  With the funds they raise they are going to launch a new informational website, do more research and hire a marketing person. 
For more information, visit

Numbers Matter!
Most South Carolinians have no idea of the scope of the Thoroughbred industry in this state. That includes the legislators, the ones who need to know. 
The recent Supreme Court ruling on sports betting is the perfect opportunity--indeed, it may be the only opportunity--for owners and trainers to step up and ask that the legislators do something positive for the horse industry. 
Unfortunately many trainers think there's nothing that they can do. Wrong! Remember that your legislators work for you. You should be telling them what you need, not allowing them to dictate policy for your industry.
New SCTOBA member Allan Monat, a former Illinois racing commissioner now living in Aiken, has some great ideas for moving the local horse industry forward. For example, a South Carolina Racing Commission could write regulations to govern the horse racing aspect of sports betting. The commission would determine what percentage of ADW money would be used for breeders' incentives, purses, facilities improvement, marketing, and other areas that would make the racing industry grow. 
The commission needs to be composed of professional horsemen, mainly owners and trainers of racehorses. Our department is considering forming an advisory committee, which could transition into a racing commission. We want to know who could be part of that group.
And we need information from you-most importantly, the number of horses that pass through your farm, or your books, in a year.  If you estimate their collective value,  the total economic impact of racehorses in this state would be too impressive to ignore.
If you want to help, here's what to do.  Call or email your legislators with the following information:  your name, county, number of horses you control, number of employees, and your suggestions to them. 
Or you can contact me (text, call or email) so I can compile the information and pass it along. As a new racehorse owner myself, I'm one of you.  Let's be proactive!
Marsha Hewitt 

Elwood's Advice  
All should have listened to Elwood's Advice on May 5 at Indiana Grand. As the longest shot on the board, Elwood's Advice took control at the quarter pole and came home the winner paying $121.00 for a $2.00 bet!
Elwood's Advice went through the breaking process at Franklin "Goree" Smith's Elloree Training Center. Another Elloree grad, Mr. Freeze, won his career debut in a maiden special weight race at Churchill Downs.

Future Meeting
It has been suggested to hold a summer/fall meeting/get together. With many members' busy schedules, this has been easier said than done in the past. We are open to suggestions and I am glad to help arrange.

SCTOBA members Wilhelmina and Fred McEwan have graciously donated to SCTOBA a 2018 breeding season to  Warrior's Reward . Following is a link to Warrior's Reward's information page
in the BLOODHORSE Stallion Register.
The asking price for the no guarentee season is $1000. Should you have interest, please contact Jack Sadler at (803) 920-9005.


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.