South Carolina Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association
The first stride to the finish line begins in South Carolina
Five horses that went through the breaking process at South Carolina training centers visited the winner’s circle at the end of Stakes races between December 23 and January 3.
Double Crown received his highest lifetime Equibase speed figure – 110 – winning the Robert T. Manfuso Stakes at Laurel Park on December 23 in the 44th start of his career. A graduate of Cary Frommer’s breaking program in Aiken, Double Crown stayed within three lengths of the lead approaching the 1/8th pole. At that point he joined the leader. They went head-to-head to the finish line with Double Crown getting his nose down on the wire defeating the 3-5 favorite by a nose. This was his ninth victory. Double Crown has finished in the top three in over half of his lifetime starts earning $838,185.
Like Double Crown, Night Time as been a sturdy campaigner starting his racing career in 2019. In his 26th lifetime start, Night Time stalked the leaders in the Holiday Cheer Stakes at Turfway Park on December 30. At the quarter pole, Night Time took the lead and proved best winning by a neck. A graduate of Franklin “Goree” Smith’s Elloree Training Center, this was Night Time’s first Stakes victory. He has earned $576,722 during his career.
Ship to Shore, who learned his early lessons at the Travis Durr Training Center, broke on top and never looked back in the Limehouse Stakes at Gulfstream Park on January 6. He steadily increased his lead and proved much the best galloping home an 8 length winner. Limehouse, whom this Stakes was named after, was campaigned throughout his career by Aiken-based Dogwood Stable.
Opus Forty Two, developed by Brad Stauffer and Ron Stevens’ Legacy Stable for longtime client Mark Grier, whose parents were Aiken residents, earned her second Stakes victory in the Wayward Lass Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs on January 13. Opus Forty Two raced along the inside before moving out in upper stretch to launch her bid. She wore down the leaders and crossed the finish line ¾’s of a length in front.
The three-year-old colt Book’em Danno has won three Stakes in only five lifetime starts, the latest being the Pasco Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs on January 3. In the Pasco, Book’em Danno came from off the pace while racing in tight quarters at times. In the stretch, he took the lead and ran away from the field winning by an astounding 12 ½ lengths. Book’em Danno will point for the Group 3 Saudi Derby that will take place in Saudi Arabia on February 24. Book’em Danno is a graduate of Randy and Kala Rentz’s training center in Erhardt, SC.