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November 15
Steeplechase of Charleston
Hollywood, SC
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South Carolina hit another double-digit month having graduates of our farms and training centers find themselves in the winner’s circle following 11 stakes races.

On September 26, Firenze Fire captured his 11th stakes win reaching the wire first in the Vosburgh S.-G2 at Belmont Park. While stalking the leader the opening ½ mile, he took command turning for home and won by 2 ¾ lengths. Firenze Fire, a graduate of Travis Durr’s program at the Webb Carroll Training Center has career earnings of $2,038,250.

On the same day, Flat Out Speed proved much the best in the Iowa Breeders’ Cup Oaks crossing the wire 2 ¾ lengths in front. This filly who learned her early lessons from Cary Frommer in Aiken, has won 8 of her 9 career starts including 6 stakes.

Dr Blarney has won a remarkable 15 stakes, the latest being the Last Dance S. at Fort Erie on September 29. He has won this stakes in 4 of the past 5 years, this time by 2 ¼ lengths. Another graduate of Durr’s program, Dr Blarney has finished first in 22 of his 31 lifetime starts.

Also on September 29, Hungarian Princess, who went through the breaking process at Franklin “Goree” Smith’s Elloree Training Center, was the victor of the City of Anderson S. at Indiana Grand in only her third lifetime start. Fourth early on, she was asked the question at the ¼ pole and ran off to a 6 ½ length victory.

Hollis, who spent the winter of her yearling year at the McCutchen Training Center, quickly took the lead in the Jim McKay Turf Sprint at Pimlico on October 1. While another colt was closing the gap nearing the wire, Hollis would not be denied winning by a neck.

Madone, who has spent time with both Kip Elser (Kirkwood Stables) and Cary Frommer, is undefeated in 3 career starts. After breaking her maiden at the end of July, she captured the Del Mar Oaks in September and the Surfer Girl S. at Santa Anita on October 4. Last of 9 early on, she put in a tremendous rally during the final ¼ mile to get up and win by a neck.

Party at Page’s made her stakes debut in the Lady Finger S. at Finger Lakes in her third career start. A Webb Carroll Training Center graduate, this 2-year-old filly was involved in a battle to the wire and had her head in front at the finish.

Mr Freeze, a multiple graded stakes winner, added to his total capturing the Hagyard Fayette S.-G2 at Keeneland on October 10. “Goree” Smith prepared this horse for his racing career at the Elloree Training Center. He took the lead approaching the ¼ pole and under a hard drive, proved best by a neck.

Two Shuler Stables grads, Star of Night and Penguin Power, topped their respective fields in stakes at Charles Town on October 10. In the West Virginia Tourism Office Breeders’ Cup Classic, Star of Night stalked the leader and drew clear in the stretch winning by 4 ¾ lengths. Two hours later, Penguin Power dominated the Onion Juice Breeders’ Cup Classic S. He broke on top and never looked back crossing the finish line 14 ½ lengths in front of his closest pursuer.

Get Smokin, a product of Donna Freyer’s Custom Care program in Camden, broke on top at the start of the Hill Prince S.-G2 at Belmont Park on October 18. He opened up a length lead and controlled the pace throughout holding off a late challenge by the favorite. The wire arrived just in time and Get Smokin won by a head.
Steeplechase of Charleston Takes Place on
November 15
The last steeplechase meet of 2020 will take place at the Stono Ferry Racetrack in Hollywood, SC on Sunday, November 15.

The gates for the Steeplechase of Charleston will open at 8:00. Five races will be held with post time for the first being at 1:00.

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Monomoy Girl Wins and Sells
Monomoy Girl, of which Stuart Grant’s The Elkstone Group (owner of the Camden Training Center) is a member of the partnership that owned her, won the Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff-G1 at Keeneland on November 7. Fourth, within 1 ½ lengths of the lead for the opening 3/4’s of a mile, she took the lead before reaching the 1/8 pole and came home a 1 ¾ length winner Out of the Dogwood Stable campaigned Drummette, Monomoy Girl has won 13 of 15 career starts to date, finishing second in her other two outings. She has career earnings of $4,425,818.

The following evening, Monomoy Girl was purchased by Spendthrift Farm for $9,500,000 at the Fasig-Tipton November Sale. Plans are for her to continue to campaign in 2021.

The second place finisher in the Distaff, Valiance, also has a South Carolina connection. Owner Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners has an office in Aiken.

Firenze Fire, a graduate of the Webb Carroll Training Center, finished third in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint.
News from the Yearling Sales
Yearlings Headed South

Several yearlings that went through the ring at Timonium on October 6-7 came down to South Carolina following the sale.

Wes Carter signed six sales receipts. He purchased colts by Barbados, Looking at Lucky and Unified and fillies by Cross Traffic, Golden Lad and Tiznow.

Cary Frommer brought colts by Laoban, Union Jackson, Maclean’s Music and Street Sense and a filly by Daredevil back home to Aiken with her.

The Elkstone Group (Stuart Grant) bought a colt by Practical Joke and a filly by Central Banker who will go through the breaking process with Donna Freyer in Camden.

James Layden bought a filly by Outwork.

Kentucky October Yearlings Headed to South Carolina

South Carolina’s James Layden, Travis Durr, R. B. McCutchen, Kip Elser and “Goree” Smith were all busy inspecting yearlings at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October Yearling Sale on October 26-29 in Lexington.

James Layden signed tickets for colts by Speightster, Violence, D’Funnybone, Mastery, Goldencents and Midnight Storm and a filly by Runhappy.

Travis Durr brought colts by Competitive Edge, Laoban, Jack Milton, Classic Empire, Connect and Wicked Strong and a filly by Mucho Macho Man back to the Webb Carroll Training Center with him.

R.B. McCutchen and the McCutchen Training Center signed tickets for fillies sired by Run Away and Hide, Strong Mandate and Dialed In and a colt by Jimmy Creed. Kip Elser and “Goree” Smith each bought one. Elser bought a More Than Ready colt for his Gulfstream Gallop pinhook venture and “Goree” bought a colt by Keen Ice.

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