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April 9, 2021
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Jus Lively carried the banner for South Carolina. He was the sole South Carolina training center graduate to win a Stakes race between February 22 and March 22.

Jus Lively, who went through the breaking and early training process at Kip Elser’s Kirkwood Stables’ operation in Camden, S.C., captured the Dixie Poker Ace Stakes at Fair Grounds on February 27. This 5-year-old son of Paddy O’Prado had only 2 of 9 beat early on being over 6 lengths off the pace. Jus Lively came 5 wide into the stretch and in a determined effort, he caught the leader inside the 1/8 pole and crossed the finish line a ½ length in front. 

In 12 career starts, Jus Lively has recorded 6 wins, 3 seconds and a 3rd place finish earning $221,500. He is owned by his breeder, Pine Knoll Farm and trained by Hall of Famer Steve Asmussen.

Aiken Equine Rescue Hit By Fire

Tragedy struck Aiken Equine Rescue during the evening of Saturday, April 3. The main barn was engulfed by flames and the structure was totally destroyed. Jim Rhodes, President of the organization, reports, fortunately, no people were injured. One pony, rescued by Jim’s wife, Debbie, suffered burns but is recovering.

Aiken Equine Rescue is a Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance accredited organization. Approximately 40 off track Thoroughbreds call the farm home. Many are retrained for adoption.

The organization is funded by grants and donations. While the barn is covered with some insurance, the feed, vet supplies, tack, etc, in the building at the time of the fire were not. Donations can be made on the Rescue website –

Elser and Layden Sell at March OBS

Kip Elser and James Layden were active selling horses at the March Ocala Breeders’ Two-Year-Old in Training sale held on March 16-17. Elser, a longtime SCTOBA Board member, sold four colts. One, by Violence, brought $550,000. The others were sons of Lord Nelson, Empire Maker and Blame.

James Layden sold a colt and two fillies. Two brought six figures. A filly by Uncle Lino commanded a final bid of $200,000 and a Malibu Moon colt sold for $120,000. Layden also sold a filly by Wicked Strong.
Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream Sale

South Carolina consignors were active at The Gulfstream Sale of Selected Two-Year-Olds in Training conducted by Fasig-Tipton on March 31.

Kip Elser’s Kirkwood Stables, acted as agent for Gulfstream Gallop I and II. These are pinhook groups that choose to gallop their two-year-olds during the Under Tack shows rather than breeze them. Elser has proven this approach can bring very good prices. The consignments grossed $490,000. A Gun Runner colt brought $150,000 and a colt by Violence sold for $130,000.

Cary Frommer sold two. She sold a colt by Macleans’ Music for $250,000 and a filly by Malibu Mood for $150,000.

James Layden may have had just one sell but it was a good one. A Mastery colt prepared for the sale by James brought $225,000.

Carolina Cup Will Be Held May 22

The Carolina Cup refuses to be defeated by the Covid-19 pandemic. While being held at a later date than in past years, the 86th Annual Carolina Cup Races will take place at Springdale Race Course in Camden, SC on Saturday, May 22.

The National Steeplechase Association condition book lists five races scheduled to be run on the flat or over hurdles. The feature race of the day is the $30,000 Carolina Cup. Please see for ticketing information.
Legislative Update

Our Study Committee Bill (H 3071) has passed both the State House and Senate. This is a major accomplishment, and we are ready to move forward on seeing how we might be able to improve the state of our equine industry in South Carolina.
Saving Horses, Saving Lives, A Celebration

In March and April, The Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame conducted an exhibit celebrating the horses of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, its history in South Carolina and the bright future for the program. For nearly 10 years the TRF has cared for more than 75 horses living in South Carolina, including those at our TRF Second Chances Program at the Wateree River Correctional Institution.
From the Desk of….

--- The Kentucky Owners and Breeders have named Drumette, the dam of dual champion and two-time Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff (G1) heroine Monomoy Girl and 2020 Risen Star Stakes Presented by Lamarque Ford (G2) winner Mr. Monomoy, as the 2020 Broodmare of the Year.  Drumette was campaigned by Dogwood Stable.

----Sosua was a most impressive winner in her racing debut at Tampa Bay Downs on March 31. She set the pace and in the stretch, she quickly pulled away winning by 12 ¾ lengths. Sosua was prepared for her racing career by Brad Stauffer and Ron Stevens’ Legacy Stable in Aiken and she is owned by South Carolina native Mark Grier.
In the Nursery
New addition to Mary and Al Quarles' family. A colt by their stallion Gran Duque out of Minimambo born on March 3 at Ketchen Place Farm.
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