Racing Across America
Graduates of South Carolina training centers dotted the landscape across the country recording 13 stakes wins between July 21 and August 20.
The two-year-old filly, Dream It Is, recorded her third win in a row remaining unbeaten capturing the Schylerville S. G3 at Saratoga on July 21. Stalking the leader the opening 1/2 mile, she pulled away in the stretch winning by 9 lengths. Dream It Is came up under Travis Durr and Webb Carroll’s program at the Webb Carroll Training Center in St. Matthews, SC.
Another graduate of the same program is Ami’s Mesa, winner of the Ontario Matron S. G3 at Woodbine on July 22. While racing mid-pack throughout much of the race, she kicked into gear in the stretch getting up to win by a length.
The winner’s circle was again occupied by a Webb Carroll Training Center grad on July 22 as the two-year-old colt , Firenze Fire, proved best in the Sanford S. G3 at Saratoga. Fourth early on, Firenze Fire took the lead at the top of the stretch and came home a length winner. This was his second win in two career outings.
The Webb Carroll Training Center run continued into the next day as Abel Tasman recorded her third Grade 1 stakes win this year in the Coaching Club American Oaks G1 also at Saratoga. Having only one horse beat early on, Abel Tasman advanced to the front after a ½ mile. In a hard fought battle the final 1/8’th, she prevailed by a head establishing herself as the top three-year-old filly in the country.
On the steeplechase front, Show Court came out on top a field of 7 at Saratoga in the Jonathan Kiser Novice S. on July 26. Developed by Arch Kingsley in Camden, Show Court is owned by Florence, SC resident Mark Buyck. This 8-year-old gelding won the 2 1/16 mile test by 1 ¼ lengths.
Coal Front extended his unbeaten streak to 3 capturing the Amsterdam S. G2 at Saratoga on July 29. This three-year-old colt wired the field winning by 1 ½ lengths. Coal Front came up under the watchful eye of Kip Elser at Kirkwood Stables.
Stellar Wind has now won three Grade 1 stakes this year hitting the wire first in the Clement L. Hirsch S. at Del Mar on July 30. This mare, who went through the breaking process at Franklin “Goree” Smith’s Elloree Training Center, has 9 stakes wins in only 15 career starts. While engaged in a stretch long duel, Stellar Wind beat her nemesis, Vale Dori, by a neck on the wire.
In the Grade 1 Shuvee S. on July 30 at Saratoga, Paid Up Subscriber looked like Secretariat leaving the field behind crossing the finish line 32 ½ lengths in front. This mare is also a product of the Elloree Training Center.