South Carolina Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association
The first stride to the finish line begins in South Carolina
South Carolina farms and training centers had seven graduates capture stakes in Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania between April 21 and May 20.
Eye Luv Lulu, a graduate of Donna Freyer's Custom Care Equine, proved best in the Affirmed Success S. at Belmont Park on April 27. He stalked the leader and put his head in front approaching the quarter pole. He maintained his advantage in the stretch winning by ¾'s of a length.
On the next day, April 28, Power of Snunner notched her fourth stakes victory and second time winning the Foxy J. G. S. at PARX. She trailed the field before rallying from the outside getting up to win by a neck. This 8-year-old mare learned her early lessons at Shuler Stables in Orangeburg, SC.
Dr. Blarney quickly moved to the lead in the Patriot H. at Finger Lakes on April 30 and coasted home a 4 ½ length winner showing why he deserved to be the overwhelming favorite. Dr. Blarney went through the breaking process under the direction of Travis Durr at the Webb Carroll Training Center. Backyard Heaven, also a graduate of Durr's program, recorded his third win in a row capturing the Alysheba S. (G2) at Churchill Downs on May 4. Backyard Heaven chased the leader into the second turn before taking command and proving best by 4 ½ lengths.
Berned became a stakes winner for the second time on May 12 as she came from second to last to finish first in the Serena's Song S. at Monmouth Park. Berned had to weave her way through traffic before gaining the lead in upper stretch and pulling clear to win by 1 ¾ lengths. This filly is a product of Kip Elser's Kirkwood Stables in Camden, SC.
The Doc Is In waited until the last jump and put his nose in front in the George F. Brown H. at Finger Lakes on May 14. Fourth early on, he came four wide into the stretch. The Doc Is In learned his early lessons in St. Matthews at Travis Durr's Webb Carroll Training Center. Travis also had Irish War Cry under his care at the same time. Irish War Cry, an earner of over $1,250,000, went right to the front soon after the break and never looked back proving much the best in the Pimlico Special (G3) the day before the Preakness. This colt has now won four stakes - three of them graded.
We congratulate not only stakes winners but all the horses who reach the finish line first and help make our state proud. More importantly, they do not need to win to still make us proud!!
Season to Warrior’s Reward Available
SCTOBA members Wilhelmina and Fred McEwan have graciously donated to SCTOBA a 2018 breeding season to Warrior’s Reward. Following is a link to Warrior’s Reward’s information page in the BLOODHORSE Stallion Register:
The asking price for the no guarantee season is $1,000. Should you have interest, please contact Jack Sadler at (803) 920-9005.
Cot Campbell Named to "Pillars of the Turf"
It was announced on May 23 that Cot Campbell, founder and President of Dogwood Stable, has been named as a member of the "Pillars of the Turf" category in the Hall of Fame at the National Museum of Racing. The induction ceremony will be August 3 in Saratoga Springs.
Campbell, who relocated his Dogwood Stable operation to Aiken, SC in June of 1986, is known as the innovator of the partnership approach in thoroughbred racing ownership. The Pillars of the Turf are "individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to thoroughbred racing in a leadership or pioneering capacity at the highest national level."
Cot Campbell also received an Eclipse Award of Merit in 2012 among numerous other industry awards over the years.