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October 7, 2021
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Between August 22 and August 29, nine horses that went through the breaking process at South Carolina training centers entered the winner’s circle after crossing the finish line first in Stakes races.

On August 22, Safe Conduct, who learned his early lessons from Donna Freyer at her Custom Care Equine program in Camden, SC, proved best in the prestigious Queen’s Plate Stakes at Woodbine. This is Canada’s version of the Kentucky Derby for Canadian-bred 3-year-olds. Safe Conduct stalked the pace while 4 wide. He led the field into the stretch and in a hard, determined drive, reached the wire first winning by a head.

On the same day south of the border in Puerto Rico, Luna Fortis captured the Clasico Roberto Clemente Stakes-G3 at Camarero Race Track. Luna Fortis raced midpack for the first half of the 1 1/16 miles race. She took control at the ¼ pole and drove to a 1 ¾ length victory. This mare is a product of Brad Stauffer and Ron Stevens’ Legacy Stable in Aiken, SC.

Precious broke on top at the start and never looked back in the Mrs. Penny Stakes at PARX on August 23. Racing comfortably into the stretch, Precious fended off a serious challenge at the 1/8th pole and reached the finish line 1 ¼ lengths in front. Randy and Kala Rentz developed Precious for her racing career at their training center in Ehrhardt, SC.

Another one of the Rentz’s protégés, Beren, went wire-to-wire in the PARX Summer Sprint Stakes on August 24. Beren was challenged at the ¼ pole, pushed this challenge back and drew off in the stretch winning by 6 ½ widening lengths. This colt has 6 lifetime wins including 4 Stakes victories.

Shuler Stables graduates had a big night at Charles Town on August 27. Star of Night, the 1-5 favorite in the Sadie Hawkins S. showed why she deserved this backing. This filly was in the middle of the field early on. As they approached the ¼ pole, Star of Night began her bid gaining the lead midstretch before drawing off to a 1 ¼ length victory. During her career, Star of Night has won 9 of her 11 lifetime starts finishing 2nd the other 2 races. She has captured 4 Stakes.

Maud’dib, also a former Shuler Stables student, was fifth early on before advancing towards the leaders in upper stretch. In a hard fought battle, Maud’dib would not be denied in this his Stakes debut winning by a neck in the Frank Gall Memorial Stakes. This gelding has now won all 7 of his lifetime starts. 

Art Collector, a graduate of Travis Durr’s Webb Carroll Training Center, notched his second Stakes win in a row on August 27 proving best in the Charles Town Classic-G2. In his previous start, Art Collector won the Alydar Stakes at Saratoga on August 6. Stalking the pace early on, this 4-year-old colt took the lead at the top of the stretch and began to draw away inside the 1/8th pole reaching the finish line 1 ½ lengths clear of the field.

On the same day, another Durr protégé, November Rein, outshined her fellow New York-breds in the Seeking the Ante Stakes at Saratoga. November Rein had a rocky start stumbling out of the gate but quickly recovered taking the lead and stayed in front throughout the race crossing the finish line 1 ¾ lengths in front. This 2-year-old filly has won 2 of her 3 lifetime starts.

The veteran, Amatteroftime, showed his superiority in the Charles Hesse III Handicap at Monmouth Park on August 29. Stalking the leader while second for the opening ¾’s of a mile, Amatteroftime took command in upper stretch and drew clear approaching the wire winning by 4 ¾ lengths. This 6-year-old gelding began his training at the Webb Carroll Training Center.
Franklin "Goree" Smith Honored
On September 11 at Hill ‘n’ Dale Farm in Kentucky, the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders’ Association honored Goree Smith as South Carolina’s 2020 Breeder of the Year.  This is the ninth time in the past eleven years Smith has received this award. Owner of the Elloree Training Center, Smith prepares both horses and jockeys (Chris Antley and Weston Hamilton) for future careers. The Smith family have been leaders on South Carolina’s breeding and racing scene since the 1940’s.
King's Tree Trials to be Held November 6th
R.B. “Bobby” McCutchen, his wife, Debby, and son Jason are happy to announce the 25th running of the King’s Tree Trials will be held on November 6, 2021.

Built on a former tobacco field, the McCutchen Training Center has been the home of the Trials since 1995 and is annually held on the first Saturday in November. Both thoroughbred and quarter horse trials make up the program. This event is held in Kingstree, SC. Ticketing information can be found at
Steeplechase of Charleston in November
The Steeplechase of Charleston will be held on November 14 at The Stono Ferry Racetrack in Hollywood, SC. The gates will open at 8:00 AM . Five races will be held with post time for the first being at 1:00 PM. Ticketing information can be found at

This Charleston tradition first started in 1792. Holiday shopping can begin at the Vendor Village.
Activity at Keeneland

 South Carolinians were busy at the Keeneland Yearling Sale held in Lexington, KY September 13 through September 23.

Marcus and Crystal Ryan’s Mason Springs stable signed the ticket for 8 yearlings. The list includes colts by Jimmy Creed, Mucho Macho Man, Looking at Lucky and Creative Cause. On the filly side, they bought offspring of Upstart, Street Boss, Protonico and Sharp Azteca back to Aiken.

Wes Carter signed tickets for fillies by Always Dreaming and Collected and a colt by Cloud Computing. Jason McCutchen, the son of SCTOBA Board member Debby McCutchen, bought a filly by Speightstown.

A Malibu Moon colt purchased by Aiken native Mark Grier will undergo the breaking process under the care of Brad Stauffer and Ron Stevens. Also joining the Legacy Stable team are fillies by Sky Mesa and Sharp Azteca. Cary Frommer signed the ticket for a colt by Tiznow.
Fasig-Tipton Auction

South Carolinians were active at the Fasig-Tipton Timonium Yearling Sale on October 4-5. Both Cary Frommer and James Layden brought 6 home. Cary bought colts by Twirling Candy, Frosted, Mor Spirit and Union Rags. She signed the ticket for fillies by Unified and Nyquist.

James Layden came home with colts by Practical Joke, Cloud Computing and Uncle Lino. Accompanying them are fillies by Golden Lad, Uncle Lino and Irish War Cry.

Hammy Smith, the brother of Goree Smith, sent a colt by Divining Rod and a filly by Madefromlucky to his brother’s Elloree Training Center to be broke.

Jason McCutchen picked up a colt by Hopportunity to be broke at the McCutchen Training Center in Kingstree and Kip Elser has a colt by Twirling Candy who will call Kirkwood Stables in Camden home this winter.

Best of the West Auction

An auction we are not accustomed to was held in Aiken on October 1. The Best of the West Auction offered horses of various breeds who are some of the best behaved and trained horses you will ever see, The auction was held in the infield of the Aiken Training Track.

Spectators and potential buyers were able to observe the horses in action on Friday and again on Saturday morning. Over 40 sales candidates were offered with the highest bid reaching $190,000 for a Freisan cross gelding. The auction drew a large, enthusiastic crowd that would love to see this become an annual event.

From the Desk of....

---- Congratulations to Franklin “Goree” Smith’s Elloree Training Center . Graduate 2-year-old Ready to Purrform broke his maiden first time out at Ellis Park. Homebred Walk Away Joe, by Smith’s stallion Done Talking recorded his seventh career win at Laurel Park.

----  The 2-year-old filly My Girl Sky who went through Travis Durr’s breaking program won her career debut at Woodbine.

----- Congratulations to Kate Dalton who saddled Step to the Bar for a Maiden Special Weight win at Shawan Downs on September 25 and Shaka for a win at Foxfield on October 3. Her husband, Bernie Dalton rode both winners.
----- Travis Durr’s Webb Carroll Traing Center is featured in an attractive, well-designed advertisement on the back cover of the October edition of the Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred.

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.
Mr. Jack Sadler, President
 101 Ellenton Street SE
 Aiken, SC 29803