South Carolina Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association
The first stride to the finish line begins in South Carolina
As more and more two-year-olds make their racing debuts, opportunities for South Carolina farm and training center grads to shine multiply and they do!
Between October 20 and November 20, nine grads of all ages found their way to the winner's circle following stakes races. On October 20, Runaway Lute proved best among fellow New York-breds at Belmont Park in the Hudson H. He stalked the leader before taking control at the 3/8's pole and coming home a 3/4 length winner. Runaway Lute learned his early lessons at Travis Durr's Webb Carroll Training Center. Another former student there is Barin who captured the Maryland Million Turf Starter H. on the same day at Laurel Park. Having only one beat early on, Barin launched his bid 4 wide engaging the leader at the 1/8 pole. They battled to the wire with Barin reaching it first by a neck.
Franklin "Goree" Smith's Elloree Training Center had two grads win stakes on October 20. Talk Show Man showed guts in the Maryland Million Turf S. at Laurel Park. Racing mid-pack from the start to the stretch, he angled 5 wide and closed with a rush to win by a half length. Lewisfield was also a winner at Laurel Park that day. He proved much the best in the Maryland Million Sprint H. Nearing the 1/4 pole, Lewisfield took command and coasted home 8 ¾ lengths in front.
South Carolina was represented with one more stakes winner on Maryland Million Day. The Cary Frommer graduate, My Star Potential, was the star in the Maryland Million Classic S. Bumped and consequently last soon after the start, she quickly recovered taking the lead before reaching the 5 furlong pole in this 6 furlong race. She opened up by 4 1/2 lengths at the top of the stretch then held one late closer safe winning by 1 1/2 lengths.
On November 10, Heavenhasmynikki went off as the favorite in the First Lady S. at Mahoning Valley. The betting public made the right call. This three-year-old Ohio-bred filly sat right behind the leader before advancing at the quarter pole and quickly putting the field behind her with her nearest pursuer being 5 lengths behind at the wire. Heavenhasmynikki came up through Travis Durr's program.
Two of Goree Smith's former students won stakes on November 10. At Laurel Park, Scrap Copper came from off the pace to capture the James F. Lewis III S. He came up between horses to win by 3/4's of a length. Scrap Copper is trained by Goree's brother, Hamilton Smith. Down in Florida at Gulfstream Park West, Kroy broke on top but briefly lost the lead at the half-mile pole. He came back putting his challenger away at the 1/8 pole and crossed the wire 1 1/2 lengths in front.
On November 17, T Rex Express left the starting gate as the favorite in the My Sister Pearl S. at Charles Town. He quickly opened up a daylight advantage after dropping down on the rail. No one was able to close the gap and T Rex Express proved to be 1 3/4 lengths the best.