South Carolina Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association
The first stride to the finish line begins in South Carolina
Ten colts and fillies who went through the breaking process at South Carolina training centers crossed the finish line first in stakes between August 24 and September 18.
Clubman trailed the field early on by more than 10 lengths in the Maryland Coalition S. at Timonium on August 24. He moved three wide in the turn for home and quickly put the field away drawing off by 9 ½ lengths. Clubman is a graduate of Cary Frommer's program in Aiken. On September 1, 2-year-old Minnesota-bred Happy Hour Cowboy, stalked the leaders early on in the Northern Lights Futurity. He advanced to the lead in the stretch and proved best winning by a length. Happy Hour Cowboy learned his lessons at Travis Durr's Webb Carroll Training Center in St. Matthews.
On the next day, Flat Out Speed showed plenty of that in the Iowa Sorority at Prairie Meadows. Coming three wide into the stretch, when asked the question, she answered in a positive manner, hitting the wire ¾'s of a length in front. Flat Out Speed received her diploma for passing the breaking process with flying colors from Cary Frommer.
Another Frommer grad, Kauai, proved best in the Iowa Breeders' Derby on the same day. Having only 2 beat early on, Kauai advanced to the lead in mid-stretch and romped home to a 3 ¾ length victory. This was Kauai's second stakes win a row coming off a victory in the Iowa Stallion S. on July 20.
Franklin "Goree" Smith had Winter Sunset at his Elloree Training Center as a yearling. She captured the Indiana Grand S. on September 4. Winter Sunset overcame traffic, splitting horses at the 1/8th pole and surged to the lead winning by 2 ½ widening lengths.
Social Paranoia is a graduate of Donna Freyer's Custom Care Equine program in Camden. On September 8, he handled the challenging Kentucky Downs course better than the rest in the Dueling Grounds Derby. Never far back, he kicked on past the leader in the stretch hitting the wire a ½ length in front.
Lift Up recorded her second stakes win in a row on September 8. After winning the West Virginia Senate President's Cup S. on August 3, she headed north and proved best in the Belle Mahone S. at Woodbine on September 8. Lift Up trailed the field the opening ½ mile. During the final ½ mile, Lift Up put in a sustained run battling head and head in the stretch and would not be denied. She came up in Travis Durr's program.
On September 9, another Webb Carroll Training Center grad, The Doc Is In, rallied in the stretch and got up in the shadow of the wire to capture the Mass Bred Handicap at Finger Lakes by a hard earned neck.
Unbridled Class, a former student of Goree Smith, quickly took the lead in the Merrillville S. at Indiana Grand on September 11 and never looked back. She was pressed through the stretch but would not be denied winning by ¾'s of a length. In 16 career starts, Unbridled Class has recorded 8 wins, 4 seconds and 4 thirds.
The South Carolina Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association lost a dear friend with the passing of Catherine French on September 19. Catherine is well known for the many years of service as a photographer at steeplechase meets up and down the East Coast. She was always accommodating and easy to work with in the steeplechase community.
A resident of Camden, SC, Catherine was director of the National Steeplechase Museum from 2014-2018. During this time, she was a great help in organizing the South Carolina Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders' Annual Award Banquet held at the museum. Catherine often provided pictures for our newsletter. She also provided a concierge service during the Saratoga race meet every summer.
Catherine was a strong advocate for the care of horses after their racing careers were over.
Catherine French will be missed though her photography will perpetuate our memories of her.
Memorials may be sent to Grace Episcopal Church, 1315 Lyttleton Street, Camden, SC, 29020 and/or Kershaw County Humane Society, 128 Black River Road, Camden, SC, 29020.
Photo credit: Tod Marks
South Carolina Proud of Second Chance Program
Quoting the opening paragraph on the SC TRF website: “The SC TRF at Wateree River Correctional Institution offers a place of hope and renewal..a true second chance...for both retired Thoroughbred race horses and prison inmates. This unique partnership joins others across the country to pair these remarkable equine athletes with specially selected inmates, transforming the lives of both horses and men.”
The Second Chance program gives an inmate the chance to learn about the physiology of a horse and how to care for them. An inmate can go through the Groom Elite program and learn skills that can help them find employment in the equine industry upon their release.