South Carolina  Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association

The first stride to the finish line begins in SC

September 10,  2019
On the Horizon

October 26
Aiken Fall Steeplechase
Aiken, SC

November 17
Steeplechase of Charleston
Hollywood, SC

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President's Message
  This is the time of the year when those who worked tirelessly with yearlings last fall and early winter, can reap the benefits of their efforts by watching the now 2-year-olds hit the racetrack with the intent of earning their keep.
We encourage everyone to support the steeplechase meets in Aiken and Charleston this fall. Not only do these events provide a great time to spend with family and friends, but also an opportunity to watch exciting racing.

Jack Sadler, President

Racing Across the Country
Nine colts and fillies who went through the breaking process at South Carolina training centers crossed the finish line first in stakes between August 24 and September 18.
Clubman trailed the field early on by more than 10 lengths in the Maryland Coalition S. at Timonium on August 24. He moved three wide in the turn for home and quickly put the field away drawing off by 9 ½ lengths. Clubman is a graduate of Cary Frommer's program in Aiken. On September 1, 2-year-old Minnesota-bred Happy Hour Cowboy, stalked the leaders early on in the Northern Lights Futurity. He advanced to the lead in the stretch and proved best winning by a length. Happy Hour Cowboy learned his lessons at Travis Durr's Webb Carroll Training Center in St. Matthews.
On the next day, Flat Out Speed showed plenty of that in the Iowa Sorority at Prairie Meadows. Coming three wide into the stretch, when asked the question, she answered in a positive manner, hitting the wire ¾'s of a length in front. Flat Out Speed received her diploma for passing the breaking process with flying colors from Cary Frommer.
Another Frommer grad, Kauai, proved best in the Iowa Breeders' Derby on the same day. Having only 2 beat early on, Kauai advanced to the lead in midstretch and romped home to a 3 ¾ length victory. This was Kauai's second stakes win in a row coming off a victory in the Iowa Stallion S. on July 20.
Franklin "Goree" Smith had Winter Sunset at his Elloree Training Center as a yearling. She captured the Indiana Grand S. on September 4. Winter Sunset overcame traffic, splitting horses at the 1/8th pole and surged to the lead winning by 2 ½ widening lengths.
Social Paranoia is a graduate of Donna Freyer's Custom Care Equine program in Camden. On September 8, he handled the challenging Kentucky Downs course better than the rest in the Dueling Grounds Derby. Never far back, he kicked on past the leader in the stretch hitting the wire a ½ length in front.
Lift Up recorded her second stakes win in a row on September 8. After winning the West Virginia Senate President's Cup S. on August 3, she headed north and proved best in the Belle Mahone S. at Woodbine on September 8. Lift Up trailed the field the opening ½ mile. During the final ½ mile, Lift Up put in a sustained run battling head and head in the stretch and would not be denied. She came up in Travis Durr's program.
On September 9, another Webb Carroll Training Center grad, The Doc Is In, rallied in the stretch and got up in the shadow of the wire to capture the Mass Bred Handicap at Finger Lakes by a hard earned neck.
Unbridled Class, a former student of Goree Smith, quickly took the lead in the Merrillville S. at Indiana Grand on September 11 and never looked back. She was pressed through the stretch but would not be denied winning by ¾'s of a length. In 16 career starts, Unbridled Class has recorded 8 wins, 4 seconds and 4 thirds.

Goodbye Catherine French

The South Carolina Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association lost a dear friend with the passing of Catherine French on September 19. Catherine is well known for the many years of service as a photographer at steeplechase meets up and down the East Coast. She was always accommodating and easy to work with in the steeplechase community.
A resident of Camden, SC, Catherine was director of the National Steeplechase Museum from 2014-2018. During this time, she was a great help in organizing the South Carolina Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders' Annual Award Banquet held at the museum. Catherine often provided pictures for our newsletter. She also provided a concierge service during the Saratoga race meet every summer.
Catherine was a strong advocate for the care of horses after their racing careers were over.
Catherine French will be missed though her photography will perpetuate our memories of her.
Memorials may be sent to Grace Episcopal Church, 1315 Lyttleton Street, Camden, SC, 29020 and/or Kershaw County Humane Society, 128 Black River Road, Camden, SC, 29020.

  Photo credit: Tod Marks

Fall Steeplechasing in South Carolina
The 28th Running of the Aiken Fall Steeplechase will be held on October 26.  Known as the Holiday Cup, the day of racing will be held at the Aiken Horse Park.  For information on ticketing and parking, please visit
The closing out of the 2019 National Steeplechase Association schedule takes place on Sunday, November 17 in Hollywood, SC.  Known as the Steeplechase of Charleston, the program will consist of five stakes races.  For ticketing and parking information, please visit

 South Carolina Proud of Second Chance Program

Quoting the opening paragraph on the SC TRF website: "The SC TRF at Wateree River Correctional Institution offers a place of hope and renewal..a true second chance...for both retired Thoroughbred race horses and prison inmates. This unique partnership joins others across the country to pair these remarkable equine athletes with specially selected inmates, transforming the lives of both horses and men."
The Second Chance program gives an inmate the chance to learn about the physiology of a horse and how to care for them. An inmate can go through the Groom Elite program and learn skills that can help them find employment in the equine industry upon their release.

Recent 2-Year-Old Winners
On the 2-year-old front, there were several recent noteworthy wins. Giggling (Webb Carroll Training Center) broke her maiden at Timonium on August 23 and made it two in a row also at Timonium on September 2. Shanghainess (Webb Carroll Training Center) won her career debut at Finger Lakes on August 26. Super Jen (Elloree Training Center) recorded her first victory at Indiana Grand on August 27 in her third career start.
On August 31, Three Technique (Webb Carroll Training Center) gained his first win at Saratoga following two second place finishes. DC Fireman (Webb Carroll Training Center) rang the bell in his career debut at Timonium on September 2.
Ununderstandable (McCutchen Training Center) broke her maiden at Colonial Downs on September 5. She has a win and two seconds in three career starts. Art Collector (Webb Carroll Training Center) was a winner at Kentucky Downs on September 5 following a second place finish in his career debut at Saratoga.
Groovy Surprise (Webb Carroll Training Center) was a career debut winner at Monmouth Park on September 8. Following a second place finish in her debut, Sunday Inn (Rentz Farm) headed to the winner's circle in her second start at Penn National. Epitomize (Aiken - Cary Frommer) came from ninth early on before proving best in his career debut at Presque Isle on September 19.


The State of the South Carolina Breeding Industry
In 2018, 31 South Carolina-breds made 159 starts. The number of starters increased by 5 over 2017 while the number of starts dropped by 22. The total earnings was $552, 660, the highest since 2010.
The proliferation of casinos and advance deposit wagering opportunities has had a devastating effect on the South Carolina breeding industry. These sources have bolstered state-bred breeding programs that provide incentives for broodmare owners that we in South Carolina cannot offer. Without being able to provide a breeding incentive, it is difficult to encourage owners to support our stallions.
The recently released report on mares bred in 2019 show five stallions covered 31 mares in our state. Done Talking and Straight Talking, both of whom stand at Goree Smith's Elloree Training Center, each covered 14 mares. Other covering stallions include Heisinfront, Miner's Back and Red Citi Diamond.
More and more states are now passing sports betting bills. The goal of SCTOBA is that when the South Carolina legislature is ready to go down that path, a provision will be provided to allow the citizens of South Carolina to be able to at least open advance deposit wagering accounts that will enable us to help build a fund that can reward the breeders and owners of South Carolina-breds.

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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.