Racing Across the Nation
South Carolina farms and training centers were represented by 17 stakes winners from September 21 to October 19.
Coal Front, a graduate of Kip Elser's Kirkwood Stables in Camden, quickly put his head in front in the PARX Dirt Mile S. on September 21 and never was headed crossing the finish line ¾'s of a length in front.
Over at Laurel Park on the same day,
Irish Mias captured the Laurel Futurity. Off a step slow, he did not make the lead until inside the 1/16'th pole and dueled with his stablemate to the wire getting there a head in front.
Irish Mias came up in Travis Durr's program at the Webb Carroll Training Center in St. Matthews.
Another Durr graduate,
Pat On the Back, got just that from his connections following the Kelso H.-G2 at Belmont on September 21.
Pat On the Back had only one beat after the opening ½ mile. He came wide into the stretch and in a hard fought struggle, he reached the wire a ½ length in front.
Also at Laurel on September 21,
Dubini, who came up in Brad Stauffer and Ron Stevens' Legacy Stable program in Aiken, took his time early on in the Laurel Dash S. Still only having one beat while five wide in the stretch before getting up in the shadow of the wire to win by ¾'s of a length.
Killybegs Captain, also an Aiken grad coming up under Cary Frommer's thumb, notched South Carolina's fifth stakes winner on September 21. He captured the Frank J. DeFrancis Dash S.-G3 at Laurel Park. Nine lengths back early on while saving ground, he made the lead in the stretch being ¾'s of a length the best at the wire.
Dot Matrix, a former Webb Carroll Training Center student, stalked the leader before joining that one at the top of the stretch and out finished him to the wire winning by a ½ length. This battle took place in the Ashley T. Cole S. at Belmont Park on September 22.
Me Freeze, who went through the breaking process at Franklin "Goree" Smith's Elloree Training Center, matched strides with two others into the stretch in the Ack Ack S.-G3 at Churchill Downs on September 28. He put some air between himself and the rest of the field in the stretch winning by 1 1/2 lengths.
On the same day, two of Travis Durr's former students won stakes. As the heavy favorite,
Pink Caddy proved much the best in the Small Wonder S. at Delaware Park crossing the finish line 6 ¾ lengths in front. At Laurel Park,
O Dionysus was off a bit slow then quickly advanced and in a tough struggle, would not be denied winning by a head.
Area, a pinhook project of Cary Frommer's, trailed the field into the stretch in the Ricks Memorial S. at Remington Park on September 29. He put in a big rally to pass the field winning by 2 ¾ lengths.
Heavenhasmynikki, who went off five cents on the dollar, ran away from her opponents in the Diana S. at Thistledown on October 5. She was 5 ¼ lengths best of the rest. She is a product of the Webb Carroll
Training Center breaking program.
Elloree Training Center grad
Arklow was third early on before taking the lead after a mile in the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic-G1 at Belmont Park on October 5. He was passed before battling back and crossing the wire a ½ length in front.
Saint Alfred, who has spent time at both the Elloree Training Center and Webb Carroll Training Center during his career, was made the favorite in the Mass Bred S. at Finger Lakes on October 7. He proved the bettors correct. Fifth for the first ½ mile, he showed his superiority in the stretch galloping home a 3 ½ length winner.
Goree Smith's former student,
Super Jen, overcame some traffic in the Indiana Stallion S. on September 7. As the favorite, worked through these obstacles and proved best by 1 ¼ lengths.
The late Gustav Schickedanz who called Aiken home during the winter, was the breeder and part owner of
City Boy, the 25-1 shot winner of the Nearctic S.-G2 at Woodbine on October 12. Trainer Mike Keogh led
City Boy through the breaking process in Aiken.
City Boy contested the lead throughout and reached the wire a head in front.
Penguin Power is on a roll. He broke on top and never looked back in the West Virginia Onion Juice Breeders' Classic on October 12 at Charles Town. He crossed the finish line 3 ½ lengths in front. This was
Penguin Power's sixth victory in a row and he has won 9 of 11 lifetime starts. He learned his early lessons at Shuler Stables in Cope, SC.
Forest Fire, a graduate of Randy and Kala Rentz's program in Ehrhardt, SC, sat right behind the leader for the first ¾'s of a mile in the Maryland Million Classic at Laurel Park on October 19. It was a hard fought struggle between the two in the race to the wire.
Forest Fire prevailed by a ½ length.