South Carolina Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association
The first stride to the finish line begins in South Carolina
South Carolina farms and training centers were represented by four stakes winners between February 21 and March 20.
On March 3, Promises Fulfilled lived up to his name capturing the Fountain of Youth S. G2 at Gulfstream Park. This three-year-old stakes is a major stepping stone on the Triple Crown Trail. Promises Fulfilled broke on top and never looked back. He led by a length at the quarter pole, was challenged, then pulled clear inside the eighth pole winning by 2 1/2 lengths. Prepared for racing by Franklin "Goree" Smith at the Elloree Training Center, this colt has won three of his four career starts.
Harlan Punch won two races in six days. After proving best in an Allowance race at Aqueduct on March 4, he returned to the starting gate on March 10 and proved much the best in the Stymie S. over the same surface. Harlan Punch stalked the leader while three wide.
Approaching the quarter pole, he took command and during the race to the wire, he drew off to win by 7 lengths. Harlan Punch learned his early lessons under the direction of Travis Durr at the Webb Carroll Training Center in St. Matthews, SC.
On March 17, Camelot Kitten, also a graduate of Durr's program, came from off the pace to reach the wire first in the Kentucky Cup Classic S. at Turfway Park. While in the five path in the turn for home, Camelot Kitten steadily closed the gap and got up to win by a 1/2 length.
Lewisfield led the field into the stretch in the Not For Love S. at Laurel Park on March 17. He lost the lead approaching the eighth pole but would not be denied coming back to cross the finish line a length in front. Lewisfield has spent time in South Carolina with both Goree Smith and Shuler Stables. This was his second victory in a row.
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 $2,000. Should you have interest, please contact Jack Sadler at (803) 920-9005.
Season to Tu Brutus Available
SCTOBA board member Ted Hoover has ownership in the recently retired Tu Brutus. This six-year-old son of Scat Daddy out of Bresca (CHI) by Seeker's Reward is a Grade 3 Stakes winner in his native Chile and placed third in the Grade I El Derby.
In the United States, Tu Brutus placed second in the Excelsior S. (G3) and third in the Brooklyn Invitational S. (G2), both in New York.
Tu Brutus is currently standing his first season at Crestwood Farm in Kentucky. Ted has announced he will offer a free season this year to SCOTBA members. Please contact Ted Hoover at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dickinson Honored Named 2017 Aiken-Trained Horse of the Year
At a ceremony held at the Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and Museum on March 18, the Godolphin Racing-owned Dickinson was presented a trophy while named the 2017 Aiken-Trained Horse of the Year.
Tim Jones trained her as a yearling and into her two-year-old year. Tim admitted that at the time, he did not forsee Dickinson developing into a Grade I stakes winner although she was an attractive filly and well put together.
In 2017, Dickinson proved best in three graded stakes - the Coolomore Jenny Wiley S. (GI), the Hillsborough S. (G2) and the Suwannee River S. (G3). In 2017, she earned $603,630