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The first stride to the finish line begins in South Carolina

Graduates of South Carolina farms and training centers had a very productive period between August 20 andSeptember 20 capturing eleven stakes.

On August 20, the Kirkwood Stables graduate, Hit It Once More, captured the Genesee Valley Breeders’ S. at Finger Lakes. This New York-bred quickly took the lead and the field followed him around the track as he crossed the finish line 3 lengths in front.

Party Like Grandma also was a wire to wire winner in the Seeking the Ante S. at Saratoga on August 24. This 2-year-old New York-bred filly learned her early lessons from Travis Durr at the Webb Carroll Training Center. Pressed throughout Party Like Grandma hit the wire 1 ¼ lengths in front.

Another Durr student, Abel Tasman, proved best in the Personal Ensign S. GI also at Saratoga on August 25. This was her second Grade I win in a row having captured the Ogden Phipps S. GI in June. In a hard fought duel, Abel Tasman would not be denied winning by a neck bringing her career total earnings to $2,787,385.

Promises Fulfilled is another who broke on top and never looked back in the H. Allen Jerkins S. at Saratoga on August 25. Promises Fulfilled fought off several challenges before winning by 1 ¼ lengths. He learned his early lessons at the Elloree Training Center owned and operated by Franklin “Goree” Smith.

Amatteroftime picked August 26 to be the right time to best his opposition in the New Jersey Breeders H. at Monmouth Park. This Webb Carroll Training Center pupil got up in the shadow of the wire to win by a neck.

Jane Dunn, owner and operator of Holly Hill, put Synchrony through her breaking program and this now 5-year-old came from off the pace to capture his second stakes win in a row proving best in the Red Bank S. G3 at Monmouth Park on September 1. Over 7 lengths back early on, he advanced up the inside rail and barreled his way to a 1 ½ length victory.

On September 1, the Cary Frommer former trainee, Henley’s Joy, pressed the leader throughout in the
Kentucky Downs Juvenile S. In a long drive through the stretch, this 2-year-old prevailed at the wire by a neck. He is now two for two lifetime.

Proper Discretion, who came up through Travis Durr’s program, showed why he deserved to be favored in the Scarlet and Gray H. at Thistledown on September 1. While in a relaxed controlled mode, he quickly sprinted clear and led throughout reaching the wire a length in front.

On September 9, another Webb Carroll Training Center graduate, Gamble’s Ghost, trailed the field for the opening ¾’s of a mile in the Belle Mahone S. at Woodbine. Coming six wide into the stretch she did not make the lead until just before the wire winning by a head.

Ace of Aces, who came up through Goree Smith’s program at the Elloree Training Center, was much the best in the Hillsdale S. at Indiana Grand on September 12. In a stakes restricted to Indiana-bred 2 year-olds, he stalked the leader early before taking over with a half-mile to go and romping home 4 lengths in front.

Decorated Soldier continued to show his love for a synthetic surface proving best in the Presque Isle Mile on September 16. Under the care of Brad Stauffer and Ron Stevens’ Legacy Stable in Aiken during the breaking process, this gelding has now captured four races in five starts over a synthetic surface - the last two being stakes races. In the Presque Isle Mile, he was closest to the leader before taking control at the sixteenth pole and proving best by 3/4's of a length.
Racing Across 
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Update on SC Horse Racing Commission
Two groups of horsemen met with Ed Martin, president of the Association of Racing Commissioners International, on Sept. 28 in Aiken and Columbia.

Ed led two lively discussions on racing and wagering, with both groups agreeing that they want to focus on
having horse racing included in any upcoming sports betting legislation.

Horsemen can move forward in several areas. The group will request the formal creation of a SC Horse
Racing Commission under the SC Department of Agriculture, perhaps as a study committee initially. It would eventually be responsible for developing and promoting racing in the state.

Betting on racing is another topic. Many legislators are adamantly opposed to parimutuel betting, so the
terminology must focus on the economic benefits to South Carolina. Legalizing betting would also help
eliminate the criminal element.

"This is a political campaign, not a horse racing issue," Ed emphasized. He recommended that a steering committee, composed of four to six horsemen, businessmen and political strategists, be formed to develop a strategic plan.

The strategy will do two things: present a clear message about the economic impact and importance of horse racing in this state and develop a specific plan to pass a bill favorable to horse racing.

Ed recommended that a lawyer draft a modest, narrowly focused bill that would authorize limited sports betting through Advance Deposit Wagering, under a SC Horse Racing Commission.

Anyone who would like to serve on the steering committee should contact Jack Sadler or Marsha Hewitt, Equine Marketing Specialist with the SC Department of Agriculture.
The National Steeplechase Association kicks off its Fall schedule at Belmont Park on September 20. Meets will be held each weekend up and down the East Coast. Two will take place in South Carolina.

The Aiken Fall Steeplechase is on October 27 at The Aiken Horse Park. Information on this event can be found at

The annual Steeplechase of Charleston at Stono Ferry will take place in Hollywood, SC on November 11. This meet will mark the conclusion of the 2018 National Steeplechase schedule. Information can be found at