The first stribe to the finish line begins in SC
August 11, 2020ly
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Racing Across the Nation

 Racing has picked up across the country and horses that have trained in South Carolina are finding their way into the winner’s circle following stakes races. This happy event occurred eight times between June 27 and July 11.

On June 27, Firenze Fire, a multiple graded stakes winner of $1,939,250, captured the True North S.-G2 at Belmont Park. Firenze Fire has now won 10 stakes and 11 races overall. Fourth after a ½ mile while racing a bit wide, he took control at the 1/8’th pole and went on to a 1 ½ length victory. Firenze Fire went through the breaking process under the watchful eye of Travis Durr at the Webb Carroll Training Center.

On the same day, Flat Out Speed went off at 1-20 and coasted home to a 5 ½ length victory in the Bob Bryant S. at Prairie Meadows. Eight days later, Flat Out Speed ran against a more formidable field going off at 9-1 in the Iowa Oaks-G3 at Prairie Meadows. She proved best again crossing the wire 1 ¾ lengths in front. Flat Out Speed is a product of Cary Frommer’s operation in Aiken. She is the first Iowa-bred to win a graded stakes in Iowa.

Weekend Ride made the lead before a quarter mile was completed in the Victor S. Myers S. at Canterbury Park on July 1. She was not seriously threatened thereafter and cruised home a 2 length winner. Weekend Ride also came up through Travis Durr’s program in St. Matthews, S.C.

On July 4, Social Paranoia set off fireworks for his connections as he captured the Poker S.-G3 at Belmont Park. A graduate of Donna Freyer’s Custom Care Equine, Social Paranoia had only one beat early on. He came five wide into the stretch before taking the lead inside the 1/16’th pole and was pulling away to win by a length. This victory brought Social Paranoia’s career earnings to $929,710. He is owned by Stuart Grant’s The Elkstone Group, owner of the Camden Training Center.

Also on July 4 down at Gulfstream Park, Double Crown sat patiently off the leaders for the opening ½ mile. At the top of the stretch, he took command and held his advantage to the wire proving best by ¾’s of a length. Double Crown learned his lessons in Cary Frommer’s program.

Mitchell Road, a half-sister to Kentucky Derby winner Country House, quickly took the lead in the Ellis ParkTurf S. on July 5. She was under pressure throughout. Actually losing the lead for a moment in the stretch, Mitchell Road fought back and had her neck in front at the wire. Mitchell Road was prepared for her racing career by Travis Durr as was Country House.

Durr’s Webb Carroll Training Center graduate Art Collector captured a major Kentucky Derby prep this year. Art Collector stalked the early leaders on July 11 in the Blue Grass S.-G2 before hitting the front near the 1/8’th pole. Art Collector immediately began to draw away and won convincingly by 3 ½ lengths.
Debut Winners
Nothing is more exciting than anticipating the racing debut of a horse and then standing beside the horse in the winner’s circle. Even though you may not be able to be in the winner’s circle in today’s world, you are no less excited.

Donna Freyer recently saw three horses she developed hit the wire first in their debuts. Lucifers Lair was an impressive winner by 3 lengths at the very prestigious Saratoga meet on July 19 in a 2-year-old maiden special weight race for fillies. She watched two New York-breds break their maiden first time out during the Belmont meet. Market Alert captured a 2-year-old maiden special weight by 3 ¼ lengths on June 19 and Giant Stella was a winner by 5 ¼ lengths on July 9. Giant Stella came from the back of the pack to win in hand by 5 ¼ lengths.

Two of Franklin “Goree” Smith’s Elloree Training Center grads won first time out. Paynter Party won by a neck at Churchill Downs on June 28 and Starlet Express won by a length at Indiana Grand on July 14.

Award Wanted, who went through the breaking program of Marcus and Crystal Ryan’s Mason Springs operation in Aiken, got up in the final strides to win by a nose on June 27 at Delaware Park.

All I Know, owned and trained by Jason McCutchen, who calls Kingstree, S.C. home, led pretty much wire to wire in his racing debut against 2-year-olds at Ellis Park on July 2. He won by 1 ½ lengths.
Alec Head and South Carolina Connections
Two of Kip Elser’s Kirkwood Stable graduates, She’s My Type and Mr. Alec were recent winners at Saratoga. Both are owned by Ghislaine Head, the wife of renown French trainer Alec Head, the owner of Haras du Quesny near Deauville, France. On July 31, She’s My Type won the Coronation Stakes at Saratoga on Alec Head’s 96th birthday. Two days later, Mr. Alec was an Allowance winner there. Naturally, both are trained by Frenchman Christophe Clement.

The Head’s daughter, Criquette, is considered by many to be the most successful female trainer in the world. Their son, Freddy, was a leading rider in France for many years and is now a very successful trainer.
Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred and the Pandemic
You probably have noticed the Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred is now thinner than what you are use to. The Covid-19 pandemic has caused a sharp decline in advertising revenue.

Adjustments to the content of the magazine have had to be made but the quality of the magazine has not been cheapened. The Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred has been a great advertising tool for SCTOBA and South Carolina.

The staff of this magazine would appreciate feedback on the changes made and would appreciate story ideas. We encourage you to support the Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred by using it as an advertising tool.
Looking Back
1956 Budweiser Clydesdales come to downtown Greenville S.C.
America’s first jockey club, composed of wealthy horse owners and breeders, was organized in Charleston, South Carolina, in 1734.
Who's News Is It, Anyway?
It's your news - the members of South Carolina TOBA. As such, please feel free to send us news of your farm, your successes. In other words, you are welcome to brag. We'd like to hear from you.
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
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 Aiken, SC 29803