South Carolina Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association
The first stride to the finish line begins in South Carolina
It seems after Breeders’ Cup weekend, stakes action slows down across the nation for a while. South Carolina farm and training center graduates were able to still find the winner’s circle following eight stakes races.
On November 22, Matty’s Magnum proved best in the Winter Memories S. at Aqueduct. In a race taken off the turf and run on the main track, Matty’s Magnum had one beat for the opening ¾’s of a mile. In the final quarter, she moved inside to the rail and in a determined effort, got up to win by a nose. This filly came up through Travis Durr’s breaking program at the Webb Carroll Training Center in St. Matthews, SC.
The next day, November 23, Princess Warrior came from the back in the Mrs. Revere G2 at Churchill Downs. Seventh early on, she came four wide in the turn for home and reached the finish line first winning by a length. Princess Warrior is a product of Cary Frommer’s operation in Aiken, SC.
It is not often a filly breaks her maiden in a stakes race but that is just what Liora did in the Golden Rod S. G2 at Churchill Downs on November 34. Liora broke fastest of all as the longest shot on the board and would not be denied while pressed throughout. Liora, a graduate of Franklin “Goree” Smith’s breaking program at the Elloree Training Center, won by a nose.
Victory Rally, another Webb Carroll Training Center grad, proved best in the Geisha S. at Laurel Park also on November 24. Fifth early on, Victory Rally was able to find a path on the rail, made the lead in upper stretch and held off the competition hitting the wire a neck in front.
Maximus Mischief extended his record to 3 for 3 capturing the Remsen S. G2 at Aqueduct on December 1. Cary Frommer bought this colt as a yearling and pinhooked him into the Timonium sale last May. While stalking the leader early on, he then disputed the pace to the half-mile pole. In the stretch, Maximus Mischief showed who was boss. He crossed the finish line 2 ¼ lengths in front.
On December 8, Henley’s Joy rebounded from a subpar effort in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf overwhelming the opposition in the Pulpit S. at Gulfstream Park. Sent off as the favorite, he was mid-pack during the early stages of the race. Henley’s Joy found his way to the front at the top of the stretch and left all others behind drawing away to a 4 ½ length lead at the wire. He also is a product of Cary Frommer’s program.
Money Fromheaven was in no hurry early on in the Maryland Juvenile Filly Championship S. at Laurel Park on December 8. While five wide at the top of the stretch, she found her best stride and came flying down the lane to win by a neck. She learned her early lessons under the watchful eye of “Goree” Smith.
Abel Tasman Fetches $5M at Keeneland
Abel Tasman sold for $5,000,000 at the Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale on January 7. Congratulations to Travis Durr and his crew at the Webb Carroll Training Center on preparing her for her highly successful racing career.
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