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The year 2020 ended and 2021 began with 7 horses prepared for their racing careers in South Carolina finding the winner’s circle following stakes races between December 20 and January 20.

On December 26, Sir Anthony, conditioned by Tony Mitchell in Aiken last winter, captured the H. Allen Jerkens S. at Gulfstream Park. In this two mile turf marathon, Sir Anthony raced mid-pack for the opening 1 ½ miles. He then made the lead inside the 1/8th pole and won by ¾’s of a length.

On the same day at Laurel Park in Maryland, No Cents extended his winning streak to 4 in the Heft S. Having gone through the breaking process at Travis Durr’s Webb Carroll Training Center, No Cents had two beat early on in the Heft S. He battled with a few others in the stretch and prevailed by a neck.

Another Durr graduate, Miss Leslie, captured her third win in a row in the Anne Arundel S. for 2-year-old fillies also at Laurel Park on December 26. Sixth after the first half-mile, she came 4 wide into the stretch and showed good courage approaching the wire splitting rivals putting her head in front just before the finish line.

Hembree has won three stakes during his career. He finished first in the Joe Hernandez S. at Santa Anita on January 1. Hembree trailed the field down the backstretch. Taking an inside path, he picked up his pace approaching the stretch passing the field and reached the wire ¾’s of a length in front. Hembree has made 41 career starts winning 9 and earning $927,371. He is a product of the Webb Carroll Training Center program.

Manny Wah came from last in the Duncan F. Kenner S. at Fair Grounds on January 16. He came flying down the stretch and hit the wire 1 ¼ lengths in front. Manny Wah learned his early lessons at Franklin “Goree” Smith’s Elloree Training Center. In 23 career starts, he has finished in the top three 16 times and has earnings totaling $501,888.

On the same day, another Elloree Training Center graduate, Logical Myth, finished first in the Colonel E. R. Bradley S. also at Fair Grounds. This stakes win follows his victory in the Buddy Diliberto S. at the same location on December 19. In the Colonel E. R. Bradley S., Logical Myth stalked the pace before showing his superiority in the stretch extending his lead to 2 ¼ lengths at the finish.

In New York, Bella Aurora proved best in the Interborough S. at Aqueduct on January 18. Last until approaching the stretch, Bella Aurora went by them all during the final ¼ mile and won by a length. She was prepared for her racing career by longtime South Carolina trainer Wes Carter.
Leading South Carolina Purse Earners
For the ninth time in the past 11 years, Franklin “Goree” Smith, owner and operator of the Elloree Training Center, was South Carolina’s leading breeder in 2020.  On the South Carolina-bred earnings list, he is the breeder of the older male and mare along with the 3-year-old male and filly.
Dixie Drawl, Nana’s Shoes and Walk Away Joe are all by Smith’s stallion Done TalkingClassy But Sassy is by Hugo. Smith continues to own Walk Away Joe and Classy but SassyWalk Away Joe is trained in Maryland by Goree’s brother, Hammy Smith and Classy But Sassy is trained by his son, Greg Smith.
Older Male Horse of the Year
Dixie Drawl
Breeder: Franklin “Goree” Smith
Owner: Mopo
Older Mare of the Year                 
Nana’s Shoes
Breeder: Franklin “Goree” Smith
Owner: Old Coach Farm
Three-Year-Old Colt/Gelding of the Year
Walk Away Joe
Owner/Breeder: Franklin “Goree” Smith
Three-Year-Old Filly of the Year
Classy But Sassy
Owner/Breeder: Franklin “Goree” Smith
SC Breeder of the Year
Franklin “Goree” Smith
Events Update
Cancellation announcements continue. The Aiken Trials, originally scheduled to be held March 13, have been called off due to Covid-19. Breakfast at the Gallops, planned for the day before, has also been cancelled. The Aiken Trials were held in 2020 the day before Governor McMaster closed the state down.

At this time, a final decision has not been made regarding The Elloree Trials. Goree Smith and his staff would like to have the event take place. They need permission from the town of Elloree. A final decision is to be made soon.

The Carolina Cup Steeplechase is scheduled for May 22. We are all holding our breath. The Aiken Spring Steeplechase has been called off.

The Two-Year-Old in Training sales season kicks off in March. The Ocala Breeders’ March Sale of Two-Year -Olds in Training will be conducted March 16-17. Fasig-Tipton’s The Gulfstream Sale of Selected Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale will be held on March 31.
Legislative Bill Moves Forward
Our Bill for the formation of a legislative subcommittee to study the impact and future growth of the equine industry in South Carolina and eventually the introduction of Advanced Deposit Wagering and possibly historical racing machines is moving forward. The Bill passed a second reading this past week and will now move into the senate.

We have been informed Senator Climer wants to move the Bill to full committee and we will not need to testify on the Bill in subcommittee. This is a very positive step.
Gigi Lazenby Racing Stable has entered into a relationship with The Southern Group and will be sharing costs with us. Gigi owns steeplechasers and has utilized Kip Elser and Kate Dalton in South Carolina. 

The three SCTOBA members that will be on the legislative subcommittee will be Debby McCutchen, Kip Elser and Jack Sadler. We will be represented across the state. I have been told at this point in time, when hearings are held, you will be able to attend and observe.
Monomoy Girl Wins Eclipse Award
Monomoy Girl, of which SCTOBA member Stuart Grant and his The Elkstone Group is a member of the ownership group, was named 2020 Champion Older Dirt Female. A daughter of Tapizar out of Dogwood Stable campaigned Drumette, earned her second Eclipse Award after being named 2019 Champion Three-Year-Old Filly. She won all four of her starts in 2020 including the Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff-G1 at Keeneland. Monomoy Girl is training for a 2021 campaign.
Stuart Grant is the owner of the Camden Training Center.
Advice from Coley Blind
Hearing of Coley Blind’s retirement as stakes coordinator for the Maryland Jockey Club brings back memories of the 2013 Kentucky Derby. I was Vice President of Cot Campbell’s Dogwood Stable and we had Palace Malice running in the Derby.

I watched the race while standing in the paddock by Mr. Blind. Palace Malice broke like a shot. When the hoofs of the horses behind him hit the muddy sealed surface, it sounded like rapid machine gun fire.

Jockey Mike Smith tried every trick he knew but was unable to restrain Palace Malice. He ran the opening ¾’s in 1:09.80!. Understandably, he tired from his efforts. After the race, Coley turned to me and said, “You know, the Pimlico surface favors speed horses!”

Palace Malice skipped the Preakness and won the Belmont Stakes sitting off the pace the opening mile. --Jack Sadler
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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.
Mr. Jack Sadler, President
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 Aiken, SC 29803