South Carolina Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association
The first stride to the finish line begins in South Carolina
With fewer opportunities at the closing of the year and Mother Nature cancelling racing at many venues, graduates of South Carolina farms and training centers still were able to shine in stakes races between December 21 and January 20.
On January 12 at Delta Downs in Louisiana, Summer House proved best in the Eldorado Stakes. She stalked the leaders early on before putting her head in front at the top of the stretch and coming home 1 ¼ lengths in advance of the rest of the field. Summer House is a graduate of Travis Durr’s program at the Webb Carroll Training Center. During 2017 Durr had 37 of his former pupils win stakes, 17 of which were graded!
Farrell, who learned her lessons under the watchful eye of Franklin “Goree” Smith at the Elloree Training Center, went wire-to-wire capturing the Pippin Stakes at Oaklawn Park on January 13. Farrell has won 7 of her 11 starts and is now a 6 time stakes winner.
Firenze Fire has put himself on the Triple Crown Trail showing why he deserved to be the favorite in the Jerome Stakes at Aqueduct on January 13. This Travis Durr grad had only one beat early on before coming five wide into the stretch and getting up in the shadow of the wire to win by a ½ length. In only six starts, Firenze Fire has 4 wins including 3 in stakes.
Almond Roca has put herself on the Kentucky Oaks Trail having won back to back stakes at Tampa Bay Downs. After capturing the Sandpiper Stakes in December, she proved her superiority in the Gasparilla Stakes on January 20. Almond Roca came up through Wilhelmina and Fred McEwan’s Fenwick Farm program in Camden, SC.
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 $2,500. Should you have interest, please contact Jack Sadler at (803) 920-9005.