South Carolina  Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association

The first stride to the finish line begins in SC

September 8,  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
We are in the midst of the most important time of the year for our farms and training centers.  The yearling sales are the life-blood of the thoroughbred industry in South Carolina.  Many yearlings have arrived into our state following the sales in Kentucky in July and in New York in August.  The Keeneland September Sale is our biggest source for replenishing our stock.
Happy hunting!!

Jack Sadler, President

Racing Across the Country
South Carolina graduates of our farms and training centers shined in stakes races from July 20 to August 20 reaching the winner's circle 15 times.
Just Howard was best in the Oceanport Stakes-G3 at Monmouth Park on July 20. In the stretch, Just Howard was between rivals and battled to the wire reaching it a head in front. Just Howard came up in Franklin "Goree" Smith's program at the Elloree Training Center.
Kauai ran mid-pack in the Iowa Stallion Stakes on July 20. He came five wide into the stretch, survived some bumping and prevailed as the favorite by a ½ length. Kauai received his early lessons in Cary Frommer's program in Aiken.
On the same day, Travis Durr's Webb Carroll Training Center grad Armistice Day proved best in the Toronto Cup at Woodbine. Second early on, he advanced to the frontrunner at the top of the stretch and reached the wire first by a ½ length.
On July 26, Flat Out Speed showed flat out speed in the Prairie Gold Lassie Stakes at Prairie Meadows. She took the lead soon after the start and led the field throughout winning by 3 ¼ lengths. She, also, came up through Frommer's breaking program.
Concrete Rose has won all four of her 2019 starts and 6 of her 7 lifetime starts. She has 5 graded stakes wins. Her latest victory came in the Saratoga Oaks Invitational on August 2. She led four other fillies over the 1 3/16's mile distance crossing the finish line 4 ¾ lengths in front. Concrete Rose was prepared for her racing career by Justin Wojczynski in Aiken. She has career earnings of $1,218,550.
On August 3, the Elloree Training Center grad, Dr Ruthless, was the victor of the Mass-bred Fillies and Mares Stakes at Finger Lakes. Fourth early on, she angled to the outside in the stretch and drew off to a ½ length win.
Lift Up came from off the pace to capture the West Virginia Senate President's Cup Stakes on August 3. This Webb Carroll Training Center grad had only 2 beat heading into the stretch.   He surged to the front at the 1/16'th pole scoring by 1 ½ lengths.
My Lily, a former student of "Goree" Smith's, sat near the back of the pack early on in the Kentucky Downs Preview Ladies Sprint at Ellis Park on August 4. She made her move while 3 wide in the turn, collared the leader in the stretch and went on to cross the wire a head in front.
One more Elloree Training Center grad, Tyron Summer, quickly took the lead in the Nellie Mae Cox S. at Colonial Downs on August 10. She maintained a 1 ½ length lead into the stretch and would not be denied winning by a ½ length.
At Thistledown on August 10, another of Durr's students, Brown Buckeye, stalked the leader before taking over in the stretch and in a game effort won by a ½ length in the Honey Jay Stakes.
The Webb Carroll Training Center's good fortune continued on August 13 as Sniper won a hard fought battle in the Bob Summers Memorial Cup at Fort Erie. Sniper came 6 wide into the stretch and prevailed by a head at the finish line winning by 2 ¼ lengths.
Donna Freyer's former student Carrera Cat stayed up close with the favorite nearing the stretch in the Union Avenue Stakes at Saratoga on August 15. In the stretch, she exhibited her superiority pulling away to win by 2 ¼ lengths. Donna has her Custom Care Equine operation in Camden.
Shuler Stables' disciple K Town Brass broke on top and never looked back in the Robert G. Leavitt Stakes at Charles Town on August 17. He was pressed throughout and showed good courage not being denied.
Giovanna Blues, who came up through Brad Stauffer and Ron Stevens' Legacy Stable, came from last to be best in the Flaming Page Stakes at Woodbine on August 18. She was last for the first ½ mile before moving up 3 wide in the turn. Giovanna Blues joined the leader at the top of the stretch and outdueled that one to the wire winning by 1 ¼ lengths.
Green Destiny has established herself as one of the better two-year-old fillies being much the best in the TwinSpire's Ellis Park Debutant S. on August 18. Dueling for the lead throughout, Green Destiny took the lead in the stretch drawing away to cross the wire 4 lengths in front. Green Destiny learned early lessons at Travis Durr's operation in St. Matthews.

Franklin "Goree" Smith Honored By National TOBA
For the seventh time in the past nine years, Franklin "Goree" Smith, Sr. has earned the title as South Carolina's leading breeder. He was honored at the TOBA National Awards Dinner on September 7. The Smith family has played a big role in our state's breeding and racing scene since the 1940's. Not only top-notch horses but also riders have been developed at the Elloree Training Center including Hall of Fame jockey Chris Antley and Eclipse Award winning jockey Wes Hamilton. Goree stands Done Talking and Straight Talking. Horses from Goree's breeding program earned $283,450 during the 2018 racing calendar. We congratulate you for leading the way and representing our state with class.

South Carolina TOBA Says Good-Bye to Nancy Terhune            
Nancy Lynn Terhune, age 60, passed away after a long illness on August 28, 2019 at her home in Camden, SC.   She became a business partner in 1998 with Sandy Dubose, helping to manage her Camden thoroughbred training center. Nancy went on to run Nancy Terhune Training Stables and was the owner of Holy Princess, a highly-successful broodmare that produced multiple stakes winners Aspenglow and Silver Heart.
           Nancy showed ponies as a child and her favorite was Pennant ( Squeaky), a grey mare that enjoyed continued success throughout her career with multiple owners. She also showed Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen (PBGV) dogs and participated in bunny hunts with them.
           She is survived by her mother and stepfather, Janice G. and William H. Johnson of Benson, NC; her sister Susan Terhune Runco of Ranson, WV; her uncle Henry L. Gregory of Green Valley, AZ and 2 nephews, a grandnephew and a grandniece.
            Memorial contributions may be made to the South Carolina Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, 101 Ellenton St. SE, Aiken, SC 29803.

Curtain Comes Down For Dogwood Stable
When Pipes entered the starting gate at Saratoga on September 2, it marked the final time the green and yellow silks of Dogwood Stable will appear on the racetrack.  Finishing third, Pipes was claimed out of the race.  He was owned by Dogwood Stable and Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and raced in Dogwood silks.
"The association has been the ultimate honor and the industry owes Cot Campbell a debt of gratitude for forever changing the game for the better", Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners posted on its Twitter account.
Cot Campbell moved from Atlanta and set-up the Dogwood Stable banner in Aiken, SC in 1987.  The first Dogwood horses arrived a year earlier.
Dogwood Stable won the 1990 Preakness with Summer Squall and the 2013 Belmont Stakes with Palace MaliceStorm Song, a daughter of Summer Squall, was the 1996 Champion 2-Year-Old Filly Eclipse Award winner.

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

News & Notes

-----  We thank all who opened their arms providing stalls and paddocks for horse owners on the coast who wished to avoid Hurricane Dorian's path.  The horse people of South Carolina have a history of having each other's back in times of need.
-----  In the August 24 edition of BloodHorse, the Aiken Training Center, Webb Carroll Training Center and Frank Wooten Stables were featured in a special section of  2019-2020 Breaking and Training Centers.
-----  Jockey Malcolm Franklin, who developed his skills at the Elloree Training Center, rode Toss of Fate to victory in the Governor's Stakes at Indiana Grand on August 7.
-----  Travis Durr's Webb Carroll Training Center has recently been represented by three 2-year-old debut winners.  Immediate Impact proved best at Del Mar on July 18.  On the same day, Romney Marsh broke her maiden at Monmouth Park.  Midnight Gem hit the wire first at Woodbine on August 9.

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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.