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Aiken Trials

Saturday, March 18, 2017
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!

You can also purchase tickets online (link will be posted at least 2 months before event) 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, Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and Communigraphics in North Augusta.

Schedule of Events:
Gates open at 10:00 am
Vendors and concessions open at 11:00 am
Tent party starts at 11:00 am
Opening Ceremonies and Carriage Parade begins at 1:00 pm
Races start at 2:00 pm

Learn more: http://www.aikentrainingtrack.com/#trials">http://www.aikentrainingtrack.com/#trials

 

 

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