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South Carolina training centers and farms were represented by six Stakes winners between October 21 and November 18.

My Girl Sky became a Stakes winner for the first time on October 21 when she captured the Thunder Bay Stakes at Woodbine. My Girl Sky went through the breaking process at the Travis Durr Training Center. Fifth early on, she came four wide into the stretch, taking command inside the 1/8th pole and crossed the finish line 1 ¾ lengths in front.

After competing in eight Stakes previously, Coconut Cake found her way to the winner’s circle following the Maryland Million Ladies Stakes at Laurel Park on October 22. Fifth after a ½ mile, Coconut Cake began a steady forward move battling her way down the stretch proving best by a head. This 5-year-old mare came up through Cary Frommer’s program in Aiken.

Double Crown became a Stakes winner for the third time when he reached the finish line first in the Kelso Handicap-G2 at Aqueduct on October 29. Also a Cary Frommer graduate, Double Crown raced in the fifth position for the opening ¾’s of a mile. He launched his bid at the quarter pole and in a determined drive, would not be denied winning by 1 ¾ lengths. Double Crown was the longest shot on the board going off at 42-1!

November Rein, another filly developed by Travis Durr in St. Matthews, notched her second New York Stakes victory in the Iroquois Stakes at Aqueduct on October 30. Third early on while 5 wide, November Rein made the lead in upper stretch and held the others at bay crossing the finish line 1 ¼ lengths in front. This was her 4th win in 8 career starts and second Stakes victory.

Vacation Dance, a 2-year-old who came up through James Layden’s program in Erhardt, broke on top and never looked back in the Atlantic Beach Stakes at Aqueduct on November 5. Making only his third career start, Vacation Dance proved best by 1 ½ lengths. He broke his maiden Labor Day weekend at Saratoga then finished third in the Futurity Stakes-G3 at Aqueduct before winning the Atlantic Beach Stakes.

Luna Fortis became a 14-time winner on November 11 when she won the Clasico Dia del Veterano Stakes-G2 at Camarero Race Track on November 11. A graduate of Brad Stauffer and Ron Steven’s Legacy Stable program in Aiken, Luna Fortis was much the best winning by 3 ½ lengths. She has now made 37 career starts compiling a record of 14 wins, 7 seconds and 5 thirds. 

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