Racing Across America
Interest in the horse racing industry is at a peak during the Triple Crown season. Between May 20 and June 18, South Carolina training center graduates recorded ten stakes victories – five of which were graded.
On May 27, Irish Strait went right to the front in the Red Bank S. G3 at Monmouth Park, never relinquishing his lead and went under the finish wire 2 ¼ lengths in front. Irish Strait was broke under the watchful eyes of Travis Durr and Webb Carroll.
Also a graduate of the Webb Carroll Training Center, Easy to Say recorded his first stakes victory in the Opening Lead Handicap at Gulfstream Park on May 28. Third the first half of the race, Easy to Say stalked the leaders before coming five wide into the stretch. In a stretch long duel, he got up to win by ¾’s of a length.
The next day, Weekend Hideaway proved best in the Commentator Stakes at Belmont Park. This horse quickly took the lead and while maneuvered to be eyeball to eyeball with a challenger in the stretch, he would not be denied winning by a nose. Weekend Hideaway received his early lessons from Donna Freyer at her Custom Care Equine facility.
On June 3, the Webb Carroll Training Center grad, Grand Prix, bested his competition in the New Start Stakes at Penn National. She raced between rivals early on before taking control with a ¼ of a mile to go and in a drive, came home a one length winner.
While the field for the Beholder S. G1 at Santa Anita on June 3 was small – only three in there – all were Grade 1 winners. Stellar Wind, who captured the Apple Blossom Handicap G1 in April, bested her rivals by a neck after a stretch long duel. Franklin “Goree” Smith had Stellar Wind at his Elloree Training Center before her racing career began. She now has five Grade 1 wins and earnings of over $2 Million.
Chanel’s Legacy, a product of the Cary Frommer program in Aiken, set the pace in the Panthers S. at Prairie Meadows on June 8. She fought off a challenge in the stretch and persevered by a neck.
It was Belmont Day in New York on June 10 and Abel Tasman, winner of the Kentucky Oaks, came east from California and captured the Acorn Stakes G1. Abel Tasman closed from last in the Kentucky Oaks and used the same tactics winning the Acorn by a length. This has been a banner year for Travis Durr’s Webb Carroll Training Center and Abel Tasman continues to add to their laurels.
The Shuler Stables’ student, Power of Snunner, showed heart and determination being the victor of the Obeah Stakes at Delaware Park on June 10. She gained the lead in the turn, lost it in the stretch before coming on again to win by a hard fought neck.
The Elloree Training Center grad, Sweeping Paddy, third for the opening ¾’s of a mile, swept by the leaders in the Regret S. G3 at Churchill Downs on June 17. She was drawing away from the field at the wire winning by 3 ½ lengths.
On Father’s Day, June 18, Ballagh Rocks faced three members of the formidable Chad Brown stable in the Poker S. G3 at Belmont and while somewhat erratic down the stretch proved best by a neck. This colt also
learned his early lessons under the care of Goree Smith.