The first stride to the finish line begins in SC

July 7, 2024

Board of Directors:

Jack Sadler, President

Debby McCutchen, VP

Wylie Perkins, Sec.

Susan Sadler, Treas.


Dr. Doug Berry

Kip Elser

Marsha Hewett

Ted Hoover

Dean Keller

Wilhelmina McEwan

Mary Quarles

Rich Scelfo

Franklin G. (Goree) Smith

Madelon Wallace


July is an exciting time for the Thoroughbred industry! The historical and extremely popular Saratoga and Del Mar race meets kick-off. Many two-year-olds who spent last winter in South Carolina will be making their racing debuts. Stalls at our farm and training centers will begin to fill up as the yearling sales begin.

Stay cool!

Jack Sadler, President



Upcoming Events

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Steeplechase of Charleston

Hollywood, SC

Nov 17, 2024

Colonial Cup Steeplechase

Camden, SC

Nov 23, 2024

Aiken Fall Steeplechase

Aiken, SC

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Racing Across the Nation

Between May 25 and June 16, six South Carolina training center graduates won Stakes races.

On May 25, Dataman won his second Stakes race in a row capturing the Cliff Hanger Stakes at Monmouth Park. He had won the Henry S. Clark Stakes at Laurel Park on April 20. In the Cliff Hanger, Dataman trailed the field for the opening half mile of this 1 1/16th turf race. With a quarter of a mile to go, Dataman moved to the outside, circled the field and crossed the finish line a length in front. This four-year-old gelding learned his early lessons at the Travis Durr Training Center. This win pushed his career earnings to just over $300,000 to $300,910.

New Hire, a six-year-old mare, proved best in the Penn Ladies Dash Stakes at Penn National on May 31. A graduate of Randy and Kala Rentz’s breaking program, New Hire stalked the pace in this six furlong Stakes before taking over the lead in deep stretch and quickly spurting away to a 1 ¾ length advantage at the wire. In 15 career starts, she has six wins, a second and five third place finishes, earning $192,330.

Riding Pretty, also a Travis Durr Training Center graduate, proved much the best in the Smart N Classy Handicap at Monmouth Park on June 2. In the turn for home in this one mile Stakes, Riding Pretty reached the front and flew away from the field in the stretch crossing the finish line 7 ½ lengths in front. This win brought her career earnings to $292,365.

Book’em Danno became a Graded Stakes winner on June 8 when he finished first in the Woody Stephens Stakes at Saratoga. Book’em Danno, a graduate of the Rentz Farm Training Center, broke last but quickly moved up to mid-pack. At the top of the stretch, he took command and while chased down the lane, would not be denied establishing himself as one of the leading sprinters in the country winning this Grade 1 Stakes by a half-length. In seven career starts, Book’em Danno has five wins and two second place finishes earning $835,625.

On June 9 and a week later, June 16, two more Travis Durr Training Center former students won Stakes. On the 9th, Amatteroftime got up late to win the Friendly Lover Stakes at Monmouth Park. With a strong rally in the stretch, Amatteroftime finished first by ¾’s of a length. This nine-year-old gelding has made 55 lifetime starts recording 10 wins and 13 second place finishes! He has earned $615,928. On the other hand, the three-year-old filly Toupie, has made seven lifetime starts and won her second Stakes race, the Stormy Blues Stakes, at Laurel Park on June 16. She was within easy striking distance before taking the lead with a furlong to go and beginning to draw away late winning by 2 ¼ lengths upping her earnings to $233,775.

Making A Goal Come True

When you are an Executive Director of any sporting organization, you are always looking for new talent. I had been watching Taylor Kingsley all her life, and she constantly reinforced to me that she might be the one I was looking for. Her demeanor, attitude, and ability were all evident and she was anxious to be a success.


It is funny how things happen. November was approaching in 2023, and for some reason, the Fegentri race in Casablanca, Morocco, was short two riders. I was asked if I was willing to send an extra rider, and my answer was yes and to give Taylor an opportunity to experience an international competition.


Well, she got more than just experience—she got the win, too. And she got the attention of the entire Fegentri world. A bonus for her was that I gave Taylor the nod as the American representative for the 2024 Fegentri Ladies World Championship Series.


For Taylor, the Series started in May when she flew to Magdeburg, Germany. A well-planned ride, then perfectly executed, provided her with a solid victory to prove Morocco was not a fluke. Okay, first win. Norway came next, and a horse called "Slay the Dragon" gave Taylor a second win over the Ovrevoll racecourse. France was next on the list. She got a long shot to ride, earned a point, and then set off to Sweden to see what luck she may have there.


Taylor is a student of the game. Very mature for a girl in her late teens. She is also a very determined athlete with a keen sense of pace and a strong finish. Her ride in Sweden had not run well for a while, and she had moderate odds of winning. Never to be discouraged, Taylor worked out a strategy and rode the horse to her third win and the number ONE spot in the rankings. Taylor is on a very good road to a successful year and perhaps making that goal come true, not just for her but also for the Executive Director.

If you would like to contribute to Taylor's travel expenses, the Amateur Riders Club of America is a 501C3 public charity, and contributions are tax-deductible. Send donations to Amateur Riders Club of America PO Box 1877 Middleburg, VA 20118.

Courtesy of Don Yovanovich

Photo credit: Chrmorange /Photostock

News on SC Legislative Front

SCTOBA congratulates Representative Russell Ott for winning the Democratic primary to represent Midlands District 26 as its Senator. He will face Republican Jason Guerry in the November election. Beginning in 2021, Reps. Russell Ott and Sen. Katrina Shealy headed a committee in support of the South Carolina Equine Advancement Act. The Bill was introduced, voted on and passed in the House of Representatives during the 2023 Legislative session. While it did not reach the Senate floor for a vote during the 2024 session, we will continue to work hard for this to happen in 2025. As Senator Katrina Shealy leaves the Senate, SCTOBA wishes to thank her for all of her efforts as a sponsor of the South Caolina Equine Advancement Act. Her support for the equine industry in our state is greatly appreciated. She has helped spread the word of its importance. 

South Carolina Consigners Work Fastig-Tipton Sale

Fasig-Tipton held its Midlantic June Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale at Timonium on June 25. Under their Mason Springs banner, Marcus and Crystal Ryan sold the sales topper, a colt by Vekoma for $150,000. They also consigned a Goldencents filly that brought $35,000. These two were prepared for the sale at the Ryan’s farm in Aiken County, SC and at the Aiken Training Track.

Wes Carter, who trains in Bamberg, SC, sent 7 through the ring that sold. This group included fillies by Tiz the Law, two by Central Banker and an Imagining filly, geldings by Audible and Flintshire and a colt by Unified. Together they brought a total of $124,000. The Tiz the Law filly was the topper at $50,000. James Layden, who trains out of Erhardt, SC, sold a filly by Country House and a colt by Fog of War. Together, they brought $50,000.

Sales Season Ends and Begins

The 2024 Two-Year-Old in Training sales season has come to an end and the yearling sales season is ready to begin.  The Fasig-Tipton Company kicks things off with The July Sale in Lexington, KY on July 9. 

The Fasig-Tipton auction team then heads to Saratoga.  The Saratoga Select Yearling Sale will take place on August 5-6 followed a week later by the New York Bred Yearling Sale.

Keeneland will conduct the largest yearling sale of the year on the Keeneland Race Course grounds beginning September 9 and running through September 21.

Next, Fasig-Tipton will hold its California Fall Yearlings on September 24 in Pomona, CA followed by the Midlantic Fall Yearlings at Timonium, MD on September 30 and October 1.  Action moves down to Ocala for the Ocala Yearling Sale on October 8 and 9 before coming to an end on the Fasig-Tipton sales grounds with the Kentucky October Yearlings on October 8 and 9.

It's that time!

Time to renew your membership to SCTOBA. Please renew to keep our organization strong.

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Our mission is to promote the thoroughbred industry in our state and throughout the region. SCTOBA works to create awareness of the tremendous economic impact the thoroughbred industry has in South Carolina. Our organization is an advocate for the positive aspects of the thoroughbred business --breeding, training and racing. We also provide leadership and solutions to the challenges presented by the thoroughbred business.
Mr. Jack Sadler, President
 101 Ellenton Street SE
 Aiken, SC 29803
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