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 May 8,  2019
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President's Message
What an exciting Derby Week!!  South Carolina farms and training center graduates shined in the spotlight.  Country House (Travis Durr's Webb Carroll Training Center) had his picture taken in the Kentucky Derby winner's circle.  Rookie Salsa (Marcus and Crystal Ryan) won the first two-year-old stakes of the year, the Kentucky Juvenile.  Conctrete Rose (Aiken - Justin Wojczynski) conquered unbeaten Newspaperofrecord in the Edgewood Stakes on May 2 and Liora (Elloree Training Center) finished second in the Kentucky Oaks. 
These performances speak volumes for the horse people of South Carolina and we congratulate all!

Jack Sadler, President

Country House Has South Carolina Roots
As you all know by now, the official winner of the 2019 Kentucky Derby is Country House. What many of you may not know is Country House spent the first half of 2018 at Travis Durr's Webb Carroll Training Center.
Country House arrived to St. Matthews, SC in January of his two-year-old year. When ready to begin a breezing  schedule, Travis says, "The colt got better with every work. He was a late developing colt. The extra time really helped him." Durr shipped this son of Lookin At Lucky to Bill Mott's string in Saratoga in July.
While Country House improved with every breeze, he also has improved in every race reaching the pinnacle in the feature race at Churchill Downs on the first Saturday in May in his three-year-old year!
We congratulate Travis Durr and all of the crew at the Webb Carroll Training Center for the contributions they made to this colt's career!
Photo credit: The Baxter Bulletin

Rookie Salsa Upsets Kentucky Juvenile Stakes
Rookie Salsa was purchased as a yearling last October by the Designated Hitters Racing LLC and sent by their trainer, Jerry O'Dwyer to Marcus and Crystal Ryan in Aiken to be broke and prepared for his two-year-old campaign. He broke his maiden in his career debut at Laurel Park on April 19.
In the first two-year-old stakes of the year, the Kentucky Juvenile Stakes at Churchill Downs on May 1, Rookie Salsa was sent off as the second longest shot on the board. This son of Two Step Salsa was mid-pack early on before surging to the front during the stretch run being 1 ½ lengths clear at the wire.
Commenting on Rookie Salsa, the Ryans said, " Rookie Salsa was power and beauty, a well balanced, solid bodied colt with good bone. He has a kind and willing disposition, quick to learn. He had his quirks but we had gained his trust so he was able to overcome them pretty easily."
Photo credit:  Coady Photography

 New Chairman and President for Aiken Training Track
On April 4, at the annual post-Aiken Trials shareholder and board meeting, Chad Ingram was elected Chairman of the Aiken Training Track and Alice Knowles has been named President. Ingram'a goal is to attract trainers and horses and utilize the property to strengthen its future from a financial standpoint.
Following a successful Aiken Trials and undertaking the renovation of the clocker's stand, Cary Frommer made the decision to give up her duties as President. Frommer has been very successful as a yearling to two-year-old pinhooker. She is now ready to "simplify" her life.
The two new Vice Presidents are Barry Bornstein and Suzy Haslup. Paul Simons will serve as Secretary and Jennifer Williamson as Treasurer. Other board members include Bill Gutfarb, Lisa Hall, Helen Naylor, Jim Rhodes and Glenn Thompson.
Photo credit:  Dede Bles/Aiken Standard

Frommer and Fort Active At OBS Sale and Kirkwood at Keeneland
Two-Year-Old in Training Sales action continued at the Oacala Breeders' Sales Company grounds on April 23-26.  Cary Frommer, whose pinhooking operation is based in Aiken, sold two colts and two fillies for a total of $652,000.  A colt by Competitive Edge brought $300,000.
On the buyer side of the ledger, ling-time South Carolina resident John Fort purchased a Competitive Edge filly and a Wicked Strong colt totaling $150,000.
At the Keeneland Sale on April 9, Kip Elser, selling under the Kirkwood Stables banner, sold five two-year-olds for $455,000 including a Competitive Edge filly for $235,000.

Eclipse Names Colt After Cot Campbell
At the Ocala Breeders' Sale on April 24, Aron Wellman, President of Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, purchased a two-year-old colt by Palace Malice and named him Cothran after W. Cothran Campbell. Palace Malice, winner of the Belmont Stakes-G1 and the Metropolitan Mile-G1, along with four more Graded Stakes, was campaigned by Campbell's Aiken, SC-based Dogwood Stable. This colt will be trained by Todd Pletcher, who also trained his Dad.

Racing Across the Country
During the time period between March 20 and April 19, three South Carolina training center graduates entered the winner's circle following stakes races.
The Dubai World Cup was held on March 30. In a thrilling renewal of the $1.5 million Godolphin Mile-G1, Coal Front proved best. Coal Front earned his third straight group/graded stakes victory. He received his early lessons at Kip Elser's Kirkwood Stables.
On the same day, Not About the Nail was a convincing winner of the Belle Gallentey S. at Aqueduct. She came seven wide into the stretch and took control outside the eighth pole. Not About the Nail was seven lengths clear at the wire. She is a graduate of Donna Freyer's Custom Care Equine program.
In an all out finish, Regally Irish reached the wire first in the Bridgetown S. at Aqueduct on April 13. While weaving through some traffic, this three-year-old colt put his head in front with just a few jumps to go before the wire. He came up through Travis Durr's program at the Webb Carroll Training Center.

Nursery School
Bobby Cothran's Gone Astray filly out of Piccola.

Owned by Rich Scelfo, Carpe Diem colt, o ut of Beverage Queen, half to Ria Antonia--two days old.
The newest addition to Lee Christian's family:
Tapiture filly out of Absolute Bearing born Jan 17 at Springland Farm in Kentucky 

Join  Best of America by Horseback  at
H. Cooper Black, May 10-12
Best of America by Horseback 
celebrates 300,000 miles 
at H. Cooper Black next weekend 
Back Country Horsemen of America to give presentation. 

Local riders have two reasons to come to H. Cooper Black on May 10-12. 

The Best of America by Horseback TV show will mark its 300,000th mile on national TV, and horse enthusiasts can learn about starting a Back Country Horsemen of America chapter in South Carolina. 

TV host Tom Seay is making his first visit to the 8,000-acre recreational center, which offers about 50 miles of trails in addition to excellent amenities for horses and riders. Camping is available for the weekend.  
Filming will be done on Saturday, May 11. 

"We love South Carolina," Tom said. "We've been to Hobcaw Barony and Broxton Bridge Plantation, and they are both incredible places to ride."  

This weekend will be special, he said, because it will mark 300,000 miles filmed for the popular television show. With more than 2 million viewers on RFD-TV, Best of America is the most-watched trail riding show in the country.  

"Wherever we go, we attract people who love riding as much as we do. We invite riders from all over the country to join us for a fun weekend in a beautiful place," Tom said.  He added that equine tourism has a powerful impact on the local economy. 

In addition to a meet and greet on Friday night, filming on Saturday morning and a big dinner on Saturday night, Best of America will host an informational session on Back Country Horsemen of America.  Former national BCHA director Roy Cornett of Kentucky will share the organization's history, mission and requirements for starting a local chapter.  

Back Country Horsemen of America started with four guys in Montana 40 years ago, and now it has 13,000 members in 31 states, he said. With a powerful national presence, BCHA works with federal and state land managers to ensure that horses are part of their land-management strategies.  

"We promote equine access on public land.  Our goal is to work with land managers to make sure we have places to ride," Cornett said. "When we offer to help maintain the trails, it's harder for them to say no." 

BCHA partners with the Sierra Club, the National Wilderness Society, and the American Horse Council.  They are involved in development issues through Equine Land Conservation Resources.  

Call 540-829-9555 to register for the weekend. The BCHA presentation will be on May 11.   

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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.