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On Saturday, October 27, I lost a longtime boss, a mentor and most importantly, a close friend.  In 1976, as a groom at Pimlico, I "rubbed" a filly owned by Cot Campbell's Dogwood Stable. Thus began a relationship that spanned 42 years. Cot lived 91 years and I believed he would live forever.
He will in my heart.

Jack Sadler, President

Saying Goodbye to Cot Campbell
Horse racing icon Cot Campbell passed away at the age of 91 at his home in Aiken, SC on October 27. 2018. A service was held at First Baptist Church and a reception followed at the Aiken Training Track on Thursday, November 1. Over 1,000 people from all over the country and all walks of life attended. A Celebration of Life will also be held during the Saratoga meet.
Cot Campbell lived an action packed 91 years. His life was summed up beautifully in his obituary. Here is a link:

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Racing Across the Country
The month between September 21 and October 20 was over the moon as 19 graduates of South Carolina farms and training centers breaking programs entered the winner's circle following stakes races.
Three accomplished this feat on September 22. In a hard fought battle, Firenze Fire captured the Grade 3 Gallant Bob S. at PARX. Head to head throughout, Firenze Fire prevailed by a head. This colt received his early lessons at Travis Durr's Webb Carroll Training Center in St. Matthews, SC.
In Ohio on that day, Heavenhasmynikki was last early on before circling the field from the outside to win by a comfortable 2 lengths in the Diana S. at Thistledown. This filly is also a product of Durr's program.
Battleground Star, who came up through the Shuler Stables operation in Orangeburg County, SC, pressed the pace early on in the Rachel Turn's S. at Charles Town. At the eighth pole, she showed that she was clearly best drawing off to a 5 ½ length victory.
On September 23 at Belmont Park, Black Tide broke on top at the start and had the field give a futile chase around the track. In front by 4 ½ lengths after a half-mile, he coasted home being 1 ¼ lengths in front at the wire. Black Tide is a Webb Carroll Training Center grad.
The hard knocking Sonny Inspired has run in 54 races recording 11 wins and 17 more placings. On September 29, he stalked the leader in the Find S. at Laurel Park before putting his head in front at the top of the stretch. In a hard fought battle to the wire, Sonny Inspired stuck his neck out to get the win. Sonny Inspired learned his early lessons at the McCutchen Training Center in Kingstree, SC.
Dr. Blarney captured his sixth race in a row on September 29 in the DTHA Governors Day H. at Delaware Park. Second until the stretch run, he faced challengers in the race to the finish line but would not be denied winning by ¾'s of a length. This Webb Carroll Training Center grad has recorded 17 victories in 24 career starts..
On the next day, another former Travis Durr student, Marquee Miss was the overwhelming favorite in the Flashy Lady S. at Remington Park. She showed she deserved the honor romping home 5 ¼ lengths the best.
At historic Keeneland Racecourse on October 5, Franklin "Goree" Smith's Elloree Training Center graduate Promises Fulfilled did fulfill his promise in the Phoenix S.- G2. He broke on top and while pressured throughout, reached the finish line first by a head.

Fahan Mura, who has campaigned across the country during her career, captured the Swingtime S. at Santa Anita on October 7. She now has 6 wins in 8 starts in 2018 including two stakes victories. In the Swingtime S., this former Elloree Training Center pupil led wire to wire winning by ¾'s of a length.
A third "Goree" Smith former student, Ace of Aces captured her third race in a row - the latest two being stakes races on October 9. Mid pack early on, she angled to the outside in the stretch and proved best passing under the wire a ½ length in front in the Ambassador S. at Indiana Grand.
The former Webb Carroll Training Center trainee, Saint Alfred, trailed the field the opening half-mile in the Back Bay H. at Finger Lakes also on October 9. He came five wide into the stretch and then proved much the best drawing off to a 7 ½ length victory.
Concrete Rose, who came up through Cary Frommer's program in Aiken, SC, improved her record to two for two in the Jessamine S.-G2 at Keeneland on October 10. In this grass test for two-year-old fillies, Concrete Rose tracked the leaders to the 3/16's pole before taking the lead and hitting the wire 3 lengths in front.
T Rex Express, another graduate of the Shuler Stables program, quickly took the lead in the West Virginia Breeders' Classic Distaff S. on October 13 at Charles Town. She opened up by 6 ½ lengths at one point and coasted home a 2 ½ length winner as the favorite.
Hembree, who came up under the watchful eye of Travis Durr, was seventh after the opening half-mile in the Nearctic S.-G2 at Woodbine on October 13. Angling to the outside at the top of the stretch, he put in a tremendous rally to hit the wire a neck in front.
Battleground Star, who captured the Rachel's Turn on September 22, came right back to prove best in the Nutrition Breeders' Classic S. at Charles Town on October 13. As the solid favorite, she sat right behind the leader early on before taking control in the stretch and coasting home a 2 length winner. This Shuler Stables former pupil improved her record to 3 wins in 3 lifetime starts - two being in stakes.
Two more products of Travis Durr's program captured stakes on October 20. At Belmont Park, Runaway Lute proved best in the Hudson H. for New York-breds. He took the lead after the opening quarter-mile and maintained his advantage through the lane winning by ¾'s of a length. At Laurel Park that day, Barin came from near the back of the pack in the Md. Million Turf Starter H. He came through traffic and in a determined effort, got up proving best by a neck.
My Star Potential showed she has a lot of potential in the Md. Million Lassie S. at Laurel Park on October 20. The former Cary Frommer student was bumped and a step slow out of the gate. She then quickly went to the front opening up by 4 ½ lengths in the stretch. She came home a 1 ½ length winner. She has two wins and a second in three lifetime starts.

Diplodocus Wins Feature In Aiken

Diplodocus with Thomas Garner on board on way to winning over last jump
While some wind caused it to be a bit chilly, the turnout was strong for the Aiken Fall Steeplechase on October 27. Along with five races, other activities were available. Tailgaters were encouraged to bring candy so children could get a head start on trick-or-treating.
On the racing front, Diplodocus captured the feature, The Sport of Kings Maiden Hurdle. Trained by Ricky Hendriks and ridden by Thomas Garner, Diplodocus broke on top leading wire to wire. In front by three lengths approaching the last fence, he took off upon landing winning by 12 ½. Diplodocus is owned by Morningstar Farm.
The Hendriks/Garner team was also the victors of a second hurdle event with Barthanpour. This Rosebrian Farm-owned gelding was fourth and last for the first 1½ miles. With three jumps to go, he made his bid and kicked home a 2½ length winner.
The team of trainer Cyril Murphy and owner Irv Naylor captured a maiden jump race with Av A Word. Av A Word, ridden by Graham Watters, took the lead, lost it, then came again to win by two lengths.
Our Frosty, a filly trained by Kate Dalton and ridden by her husband, Bernard, won her jump race by an astounding 59 lengths!  She is owned by Virginia Lazenby Racing Stable LLC.
In the only flat race, owner/trainer Rafael Fernandez saddled the winner, Tobias. He came home in front by 1½ lengths under Paul O'Neill.
Steeplechaseing will return to Aiken in March of 2019.

Photo credit:  Ingrid Adam 

South Carolinians Active at Fasig-Tipton October Yearling Sale
South Carolinians took their checkbooks to the Fasig-Tipton October Yearling Sale. Nine different people signed tickets to bring yearlings home. Travis Durr of the Webb Carroll Training Center led the way purchasing fillies by Creative Cause, Police, Revolutionary and a colt by Perfect Soul.
Kip Elser bought the first horse in the ring, a colt by Munnings. Elser also bought a filly by Street Sense.
R.B. "Bobby" McCutchen purchased fillies by Bodemeister and Dominus. Son Jason McCutchen signed the ticket for a filly by Overanalyze.  Franklin "Goree" Smith also bought two - a filly by Shakin It Up and a colt by Danza. Wes Carter bought a colt by Awesome Again and Cary Frommer picked up a filly by Cairo Prince. Coming to Aiken will be a Hampton Road filly purchased by Barry Doss and Suzy Haslup signed the ticket for a Race Day filly.

  Maximus Mischief Shines
Maximus Mischief ( Into Mischief - Reina Maria) was purchased by Cary Frommer as a yearling for a pinhook partnership.   Prepared in Aiken, he was sold at the Fasig-Tipton Midatlantic 2-year-old sale in May for $340,000.
Maximus Mischief made his career debut at PARX on September 20 breaking his maiden by 8¾ lengths. The primary owner is Chuck Zacney, who campaigned Afleet Alex, winner of the Preakness and Belmont Stakes in 2005.
In his second start, Maximus Mischief won an Allowance race by six lengths also at PARX earning a 98 Beyer Speed Figure, the second highest awarded to a two-year-old this year.
Watch for this gray colt in 2019!!

From the President's Desk
- Monomoy Girl stamped herself as a Champion being best in the Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff- GI at Churchill Downs on November 3. Winner of five Grade I stakes this year, she now has career earnings of $2,954,750. Stuart Grant, a member of the ownership group, has been a strong supporter of the South Carolina Residency Stakes program. He also is the owner of the Camden Training Center.
Drumette, the dam of Monomoy Girl, sold at the Keeneland Association November Breeding Stock Sale for $1,850,000 this past week. Campaigned by Dogwood Stable during her racing career, she sold for a significantly smaller number in 2011!
- Another notable sale at Keeneland is Marquee Miss who brought $750,000. This filly is a five time Stakes winner who is a graduate of Travis Durr's breaking program at the Webb Carroll Training Center in St. Matthews, SC.
- Lovely Bernadette, owned by Aiken residents Jim and Debbie Miller was sold as a broodmare prospect at the Keeneland sale for $750,000. The Miller's paid $28,000 for her as a two-year-old!


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.