Why Aiken

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If you are looking for a quiet place to start your yearlings, give an older horse some well earned down time, or need a quick tune up to get a horse back to the races, the Aiken Training Track has everything you need to get the job done safely and well. It is the perfect place for man and beast to spend the winter.

Facility

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The Aiken Training Track has the facilities, the staff, and the weather to make it excel as a place to break yearlings, rest an older or or bring a horse back to the race track. The climate needs to be stressed, it is mild but has necessary cold snaps, short in time but important to the health and development of young and old horses alike.

  • A one- mile red clay base, sandy loam cushioned track, with excellent drainage.
  • A 5/8 sand track built around one of the country's oldest known polo fields
  • Access to turf course
  • In field turf gallop
  • Newly constructed courtyard barn
  • A United Puett 6 stall starting gate
  • Pocket's Track Kitchen
  • A tack repair shop on the premises
  • State of the art veterinary care is available, including Nuclear Scintigraphy, MRI's, Gastroscopes, Orthoscopic and upper airway surgery.
  • Manure Pickup
  • Numerous local tack and feed stores
  • Miles of dirt roads and grassy fields that are ideal for hacking
  • Located in close proximity to Aiken's famous Hitchcock Woods.
  • Contact us today to find out what we have to offer, our rates and perhaps a personal tour. We look forward to showing you why the Aiken Training Track is clearly a unique place to discover…all over again.
Aiken Training Track

Daily Racing

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Daily Entries, Results & Post-Times of horses which trained in Aiken and are now racing in the various racetracks troughout the country.

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News

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Gallery

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Enjoy some of the images of Aiken.

Events

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You can purchase tickets online or at the following locations: Aiken Training Track, Aiken Saddlery, All Star Tents and Events, Odell Weeks, Floyd & Green, Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum and Communigraphics in North Augusta.



History

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In 1941 renowned horsemen Fred H. Post and his son William, came to Aiken to play polo. Aiken was considered at the time (and still is today!) a National polo capital and Aiken's lure as a 'Winter Colony' for wealthy Northerners was well established by that time. The comfortable climate of mild winters and early springs combined with the sandy soil was ideal for the pursuit of a variety of equestrian activities. Post, impressed by the area, decided to construct the Aiken Training Track to condition his flat racers. He found the perfect location along Two Notch Road where his track would be surrounded by established polo fields, quiet dirt roads and within hacking distance of the Hitchcock Woods, which at over 2,000 acres is one of America's largest urban forests.

It didn't take long for the Aiken Training Track to be considered one of the finest training centers in the country when horses trained here started earning their Championship laurels in 1942, starting with Elkridge, a Champion Steeplechaser. Famous horse owners with names like, Greentree, Vanderbilt, Rokeby and Claiborne Farm started sending their horses to Winter in the South under the care of future Hall of Fame trainers Mackenzie (Mack) Miller, John Gaver, William Burch, Woody Stephens and many others.

Since that time 39 Champion Thoroughbreds have been crowned. They are pictured below by the year their title was earned. Thanks to the Aiken Thoroughbred Racing and Hall of Fame Museum for providing all the images and information on this page!


AIKEN TRIALS

Begun in 1942 as a way to give young horses in training the enlightening opportunity to experience every aspect of live racing, the Aiken Trials has become a time honored tradition as the first leg of Aiken's Triple Crown events, held annually for three consecutive Saturdays in March.

Sponsored by WRDW, All Star Tents and Events, Atlantic Broadband, Meybohm Realtors, and AB Beverage Co. Inc., the Aiken Trials draws upwards of 10,000 spectators who enjoy a day of family fun that includes extravagant tailgating spreads, assorted vendors and good natured side betting. The event is a major fundraiser for the charitable organization. The Aiken Steeplechase and Aiken Polo, make up the other two events.

There are six races on the program consisting of five races for two year olds and maidens (horses that may have started in a race, but have never won), running a ¼ mile to 4 ½ furlongs, and one race for older horses that have already won.

The jockeys are local exercise riders who have an afternoon in the spotlight after paying their dues exercising horses each morning (in all weather) throughout the year. Occasionally a trainer has brought in a licensed jockey to compete; making some exciting competition for the exercise riders!

Champions

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Below is a list of champions that have trained here. The horse must have won an Eclipse Award (from 1971 to today). This award is voted on by the National Turf Writers Association, Racing Track Officials, and writers/editors from the Daily Racing Form

Elkridge
Elkridge
1942 , 1946 Champion
Steeplechase Horse



Devil Diver
Devil Diver
1943 , 1944 Champion
Handicap Horse



Gallorette
Gallorette
1946 Champion
Handicap Mare



Conniver
Conniver
1948 Champion
Handicap Horse



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Blue Peter
1948 Champion
2 Year Old Male



Capot
Capot
1949 Champion
3 year old Male and
Horse of the Year



Oedipus
Oedipus
1950, 1951, 1952
Champion Steeplechaser



Tom Fool
Tom Fool
1951 Champion
2 Year Old Male and
1953 Horse of the Year



Tea Maker
Tea Maker
1952 Champion
2 Year Old Male



Neji
Neji
1955, 1957, 1958
Champion Steeplechaser



Kelso
Kelso
1960 Champion
3 Year Old Male and
1961, 1962, 1963,
1964 Champion
Handicap Horse
and Horse of the Year



Barnaby's Bluff
Barnaby's Bluff
1962 Champion Steeplechaser



Lamb Chop
Lamb Chop
1963 Champion 3 Year Old Female



Assagi
Assagai
1966 Champion Turf Horse



Open Fire
Open Fire
1966 Champion Handicap Female



Hawaii
Hawaii
1966 Champion
2 Year Old
1967 Champion
3 Year Old and
1968 Champion
Turf Horse



Gamely
Gamely
1967 Champion
3 Year Old Filly
1968, 1969 Champion
Handicap Mare



Quick Pitch
Quick Pitch
1967 Champion Steeplechaser



Stage Door Johnny
Stage Door Johnny
1968 Champion
3 Year Old Male



Politely
Politely
1968 Champion
Handicap Female



Shuvee
Shuvee
1970, 1971 Champion
Handicap Horse



Snow Knight
Snow Knight
1975 Champion
Turf Horse



Sensational
Sensational
1976 Champion
2 Year Old Female



Candy Eclair
Candy Éclair
1978 Champion
2 Year Old Female



Late Bloomer
Late Bloomer
1978 Champion
Handicap Female



Bowl Game
Bowl Game
1979 Champion
Male Turf Horse
Smart Angle
Smart Angle
1979 Champion
2 Year Old Female



Heavenly Cause
Heavenly Cause
1980 Champion
2 Year Old Female



De La Rose
De La Rose
1981 Champion
Turf Female



Relaxing
Relaxing
1981 Champion
Handicap Female



Pleasant Colony
Pleasant Colony
1981 Champion
3 Year Old Male



Conquistador Cielo
Conquistador Cielo
1982 Champion
3 Year Old Male and
Horse of the Year



Christmas Past
Christmas Past
1982 Champion
3 Year Old Female



Swale
Swale
1984 Champion
3 Year Old Male



Forty Niner
Forty Niner
1987 Champion
2 Year Old Male



Pleasant Stage
Pleasant Stage
1991 Champion
2 Year Old Female



Pleasant Tap
Pleasant Tap
1992 Champion
Handicap Male



Storm Song
Storm Song
1996 Champion
2 Year old Female



Darley USA's Midshipman
Midshipman
2008 Champion 2 Year Old Male



Links

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Below is a list of Thoroughbred Industry related links that we hope you will find useful.



Aiken Thoroughbred and Triple Crown Links:
Aiken Thoroughbred Racing and Hall of Fame Museum
Aiken Steeplechase Association (Second leg of the Aiken Triple Crown)
The Aiken Polo Experience (Third leg of the Aiken Triple Crown)
Barry A. Bornstein - Equestrian Images

Local Feed and Tack:
Aiken County Farm Supply - 649-2987

Aieken County Farm Supply

Aiken Saddlery - 649-6583
Banks Mill Feed
Corta-Flx.com
The Saddle Doctor Tack Repair - 642-5166


Local Real Estate Sales and Rental Services:
Meybohm Realtors
Aiken Horse Realty
Coldwell Banker United Realtors
The Carolina Real Estate Company
Fine Property Management




National Industry Information and Businesses:

Glossary of racing terms (courtesy of the Daily Racing Form)
Comprehensive list of North American Racetracks (courtesy of the Daily Racing Form)
Equibase.com (entries, results and workouts)
Equineline.com (pedigrees, race records and portfolio services)
BRISnet.com (pedigrees, research and bloodstock services)
Equicizer.com (mechanical exercise horse for training and therapy)

National Organizations:
Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA)
South Carolina Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (SCTOBA)
National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA)
The Jockey Club

Thoroughbred Sales Companies:
Fasig Tipton Company, Inc.
Keeneland
Ocala Breeders Sales Company



Local Hotels:
Americas Best Value Inn
(PET FRIENDLY)
2577 Whiskey Road
(803) 641-8800
www.americasbestvalueinn.com
Carriage House Inn
(PET FRIENDLY)
139 Laurens Street, NW
(803) 644-5888
www.aikencarriagehouse.com
Clarion Inn
(PET FRIENDLY)
155 Colony Parkway
(803) 648-0999
www.clarioninn.com
Hampton Inn
100 Tamil Drive
(803) 648-2525
Hamptoninn.com
Hilton Garden Inn
350 Eastgate Drive
(803) 641-4220
Hiltongardeninn.com
Fairfield Inn and Suites
185 Colony Parkway
(803) 648-7808
www.marriott.com
The Inn at Houndslake
897 Houndslake Drive
(803) 648-9535
www.theinnathoundslake.com
Holiday Inn Express & Suites
2897 Whiskey Road
(803) 508-7700
Website
Rose Hill Estate
221 Greenville Street, NW
(803) 648-1181
www.rosehillestate.com
Towne Place Suites
1008 Montery Drive
(803) 641-7373
www.marriott.com

The Willcox
(PET FRIENDLY)
100 Colleton Avenue, SW
(803) 648-1898
www.thewillcox.com

Willcox Inn

Contact

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To send us a message or just to say hello, please complete the form bellow or contact us via details listed on the left. We'll get back to you asap. Unless it's a weekend.

Contact Info

  • Aiken Training Track
  • 538 Two Notch Rd
  • Aiken, SC 29801

  • Mailing Address:
  • P.O. Box 656
  • Aiken, SC 29802

  • Office hours:
  • 803-648-4631
  • 8am - 2pm
  • Mon, Weds & Fri
  • aikentt@bellsouth.net

Officers

President:
Cary Frommer

Vice President:
Alice Knowles

Secretary:
Paul Simons

Treasurer:
Chad Ingram

Track Staff

Track Secretary:
Heather Steinbeck
aikentt@bellsouth.net

Track Manager:
Darryl Holloway
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