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March 16, 2019
The Aiken Trials has become a time-honored tradition as the first leg of Aiken’s Triple Crown events. While, held annually for three consecutive Saturdays in March. The Trials begun in 1942 as a way to give young horses in training the enlightening opportunity to experience every aspect of live racing.
WRDW, All Star Tents and Events, Atlantic Broadband, Meybohm Realtors, and AB Beverage Co. Inc. sponsor the event.
The Aiken Trials draws upwards of 10,000 spectators. Who, similarly, enjoy a day of family fun that includes extravagant tailgating spreads, assorted vendors, and good-natured side betting. Even more, the event is a major fundraiser for the charitable organization. While, the Aiken Steeplechase and Aiken Polo, make up the other two events.
There are six races on the program. Certainly, consisting of five races for two-year-olds and maidens (horses that may have started in a race, but have never won). Races run a 1/4 mile to 4 1/2 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.
Purchase tickets online or at one of the following locations: Aiken Training Track, Aiken Saddlery, All Start Tents and Events, Odell Weeks, Floyd & Green, Aiken Visitors Center & Train Museum, Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and Communigraphics in North Augusta.
Gates open at 10 a.m.
Vendors and concessions open at 11 a.m.
Tent party starts at 11 a.m.
Carriage Parade begins at 1 p.m.
Races start at 2 p.m.
Furthermore, tickets will be available for purchase online, at the Aiken Training Track office, or at select ticket outlets throughout the CSRA.
Finally, deadlines for applications and payment is March 1st. Applications can be mailed to the Track office or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.