South Carolina Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association
The first stride to the finish line begins in South Carolina
We had eleven South Carolina graduates enter the winner’s circle following stakes between June 21 and July 20. It is interesting to note, three of these victories occurred on June 23 and four on July 7.
Determined Vision, who was developed early on by Cary Frommer in Aiken, wired the field in the White Oak Farm Stakes at Laurel Park on June 23. Pushed along throughout, he reached the wire a half-length in front.
At Thistledown in Ohio on the same day, Proper Discretion also wired the field in the William Petro Memorial Handicap. This five-year-old mare quickly took command and was never really threatened, winning by 2 ½ lengths. She received her early lessons at Tavis Durr’s Webb Carroll Training Center.
I’m Betty G proved best in the Lady Canterbury Stakes at Canterbury Park on June 23 but she did not wire the field! She did not take the lead until after the opening half-mile opening up by 3 lengths in the stretch and while pressured a bit late, she crossed the wire 1 ¼ lengths in front. Kip Elser’s Kirkwood Stables in Camden, SC is where I’m Betty G went through the breaking process.
On June 30, Harlan Punch provided his fans a dominating performance in the Grade 3 Philip H. Iselin Stakes at Monmouth Park. He quickly put daylight between himself and the rest of the field galloping home a 5 ¼ length winner. Harlan Punch came up under Travis Durr in St. Matthews, SC.
Dreamcall recorded her third win in a row capturing the Iowa Distaff Stakes at Prairie Meadows on July 5. She won the Jack Bishop Stakes there back in May. Dreamcall had only one beat before launching her bid while four wide in the homestretch turn. She took the lead in the stretch and quickly drew off leaving the field 4 ½ lengths behind. This filly was taught her early lessons by Brad Stauffer and Ron Stevens at Legacy Stable in Aiken.
O Dionysus, winner of the Christopher Elser Memorial Stakes at two, has not slowed down. In a fight from the start to the finish in the Cape Henlopen Stakes at Delaware Park on July 7, O Dionysus would not be denied winning by a head. The victory was part of a big day for Travis Durr as three of his Webb Carroll Training Center grads won stakes.
Firenze Fire, who captured the Grade 1 Champagne Stakes at two and earned the opportunity to run in the Kentucky Derby in May, rebounded to his best form in the Grade 3 Dwyer Stakes at Belmont on July 7. Racing fifth the opening half-mile while well off the rail, Firenze Fire exploded in the stretch demolishing his well-regarded competition and winning by 9 lengths. This colt has made Travis Durr’s team proud over the past year.
Up at Suffolk Downs in Massachusetts, Dr. Blarney recorded a hat trick winning his third stakes in a row. Following wins in the Patriot Handicap at Finger Lakes in April and the Rise Jim Stakes at Suffolk Downs in June, Dr. Blarney quickly opened up by 3 ½ lengths and maintained it throughout in the Last Dance Stakes on July 7. This win contributed to Durr’s hat trick for the day.
Dot Matrix loves Woodbine. On July 14, he recorded his ninth win over that surface in the Warrior Veterans Stakes. This was his fifth stakes triumph at Woodbine. While racing mid-pack, Dot Matrix advanced between horses in early stretch on his way to a one length victory. Dot Matrix is also a graduate of the Webb Carroll Training Center.
Gamble’s Ghost, also a nine time winner, captured his second stakes in a row at Woodbine on July 15. Following his victory in the Grade 3 Trillium Stakes in June, Gamble’s Ghost had only one beat for much of the Grade 3 Ontario Matron Stakes before putting in a tremendous rally in the stretch. She got up in the shadow of the wire to win by a neck. Gamble’s Ghost was the seventh stakes winner to represent Travis Durr’s Webb Carroll Training Center between June 21 and July 20.
Season to Warrior’s Reward Available
SCTOBA members Wilhelmina and Fred McEwan have graciously donated to SCTOBA a 2018 breeding season to Warrior’s Reward. Following is a link to Warrior’s Reward’s information page in the BLOODHORSE Stallion Register:
The asking price for the no guarantee season is $1,000. Should you have interest, please contact Jack Sadler at (803) 920-9005.
A Pillar of the Turf
Dogwood Stable’s Cot Campbell, known as the first to put together a racehorse partnership group, was inducted into the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame on August 3 in Saratoga Springs, NY. In the early 1970’s Campbell bought a filly, recruited some friends to join him and the idea of group ownership was born. It has taken off over the years and many of the leading owners today are partnership groups.
Twelve were inducted into the Pillars of the Turf category of the Hall of Fame. There are now a total of 24 and Campbell commented, “I am the only one living!”
The ceremony was held at the Fasig-Tipton Sales Pavilion and the building was packed. Cot received standing ovations during his acceptance speech.
William Collins Whitney, also inducted as a Pillar of the Turf, was a leader in establishing Aiken, SC as a popular destination for racing stables to spend the winter months.
The Pillars of the Turf category was first announced in 2013 to “honor individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to Thoroughbred racing in a leadership or pioneering capacity at the highest national level.”
Photo credit: AP/Mark Lennihan