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The first stride to the finish line begins in South Carolina
​Between May 25 and June 16, six South Carolina training center graduates won Stakes races.

On May 25, Dataman won his second Stakes race in a row capturing the Cliff Hanger Stakes at Monmouth Park. He had won the Henry S. Clark Stakes at Laurel Park on April 20. In the Cliff Hanger, Dataman trailed the field for the opening half mile of this 1 1/16th turf race. With a quarter of a mile to go, Dataman moved to the outside, circled the field and crossed the finish line a length in front. This four-year-old gelding learned his early lessons at the Travis Durr Training Center. This win pushed his career earnings to just over $300,000 to $300,910.

New Hire, a six-year-old mare, proved best in the Penn Ladies Dash Stakes at Penn National on May 31. A graduate of Randy and Kala Rentz’s breaking program, New Hire stalked the pace in this six furlong Stakes before taking over the lead in deep stretch and quickly spurting away to a 1 ¾ length advantage at the wire. In 15 career starts, she has six wins, a second and five third place finishes, earning $192,330.

Riding Pretty, also a Travis Durr Training Center graduate, proved much the best in the Smart N Classy Handicap at Monmouth Park on June 2. In the turn for home in this one mile Stakes, Riding Pretty reached the front and flew away from the field in the stretch crossing the finish line 7 ½ lengths in front. This win brought her career earnings to $292,365.

Book’em Danno became a Graded Stakes winner on June 8 when he finished first in the Woody Stephens Stakes at Saratoga.  Book’em Danno, a graduate of the Rentz Farm Training Center, broke last but quickly moved up to mid-pack. At the top of the stretch, he took command and while chased down the lane, would not be denied establishing himself as one of the leading sprinters in the country winning this Grade 1 Stakes by a half-length. In seven career starts, Book’em Danno has five wins and two second place finishes earning $835,625.

On June 9 and a week later, June 16, two more Travis Durr Training Center former students won Stakes. On the 9th, Amatteroftime got up late to win the Friendly Lover Stakes at Monmouth Park. With a strong rally in the stretch, Amatteroftime finished first by ¾’s of a length. This nine-year-old gelding has made 55 lifetime starts recording 10 wins and 13 second place finishes! He has earned $615,928. On the other hand, the three-year-old filly Toupie, has made seven lifetime starts and won her second Stakes race, the Stormy Blues Stakes, at Laurel Park on June 16. She was within easy striking distance before taking the lead with a furlong to go and beginning to draw away late winning by 2 ¼ lengths upping her earnings to $233,775.

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