79th Running of the Aiken Trials
RICHARD L. DUCHOSSOIS HONORED
Dick Duchossois is congratulated by Ann Campbell, wife of the late Cot Campbell, at the 2019 induction of Mr. D. into the National Racing Hall of Fame. Cot was elected to the Hall in 2019, and is also a member of the Aiken Training Track AMBASSADOR’S CLUB. Dick and Cot have been major contributors to the integrity of Thoroughbred Racing.
At the 79th running of the Aiken Trials on Saturday, March 19, 2022, the Board of Directors of the Aiken Training Track recognized Richard L. Duchossois as the 4th inductee into the track’s Ambassador’s Club. This honor is presented posthumously to Mr. Duchossois for his dedication to the sport of horse racing and his support of equine activities in Aiken, including the Aiken Training Track and the Aiken Trials.
Ada Gates Patton is joined by Bill Gutfarb, Aiken Training Track President and Chad Ingram, Chairman of the Board, as she presents a painting of the standardbred Black Rod to the Aiken Training Track.
The Aiken Training Track is pleased to receive a painting of the standardbred Black Rod. The artwork was donated to the track by Ada Gates Patton, and the presentation was made at the 2022 Trials.
In 1942, Black Rod set a world record when he trotted 20 miles on the Aiken Mile Track in 58 minutes and 21 seconds, according to a story in the Aiken Standard and Review. The record has never been broken. (The Aiken Mile Track now is known as McGhees’ Mile.)
Ada’s Grandfather was David Dows, a resident of Aiken, South Carolina and Brookville, New York. Mr. Dows bred, raised and trained the trotter Black Rod.
Ada donated this painting to the Aiken Training Track, happy that Grandpa and Black Rod have come home together to the place they loved, Aiken, South Carolina.
It was a pleasure having Ada visit us. Her story is fascinating!
Ada is a member of the International Union of Journeyman Horseshoers and the first woman in the United States and Canada licensed to shoe Thoroughbred racehorses.
She was the farrier liaison for the 1984 Olympic Games, is the horseshoe inspector for the Pasadena Rose Parade, President of the California Thoroughbred Foundation and a member of the International Horseshoeing Hall of Fame. Ada has made several media appearances including Time Magazine, Sports Illustrated, the David Letterman Show, What’s My Line, and the Today show.
We thank Ada very much for this incredible artwork, and we hope she will visit us again soon!
U.S. Pony Racing- 2022 Aiken Trials
There were four pony races at the 2022 Aiken Trials. Leadline, Shetland Flat, Small Pony, and Large & Medium Pony. Each pony race was packed with competitors. Ponies and riders showed their good riding and running abilities on the flat track.
From the beginning Lead Line Race to the last Large & Medium Pony Flat Race, children and their equine partners had a ball. Pictured below are the winners!
The U.S. Pony Racing LLC states: “Pony and junior horse riders are to not have had their 16th birthday as of January 1st. Young riders are defined by race conditions but typically between 15 and 21 years of age, check each race condition for specifics.” For more information check out www.GoPonyRacing.com. Follow U.S. Pony Racing on Facebook and Instagram.
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