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Fans of the Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame & Museum Forty Champion Thoroughbreds have trained at the famed Aiken Training Track and the Hall of Fame immortalizes each in their own exhibits. We were named South Carolina's 2012 & 2016 Best Equestrian Attraction! www.officialbestof.com.
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Mission: It is the mission of the Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and Museum to collect, present and preserve the significant achievements of the Aiken’s contribution to the thoroughbred racing industry from 1900 to the present through aesthetic and educational experiences for visitors of all ages.

Come out this Sunday, November 17 at 1:30 pm for the book signing and reading by author, Patrick Smithwick. He will be a...
11/13/2019

Come out this Sunday, November 17 at 1:30 pm for the book signing and reading by author, Patrick Smithwick. He will be at the Hall of Fame talking about his new book Flying Change. For more information visit https://business.facebook.com/events/3059228204092684/

Smithwick book signing scheduled for Hall of Fame on Sunday
11/12/2019
Smithwick book signing scheduled for Hall of Fame on Sunday

Smithwick book signing scheduled for Hall of Fame on Sunday

Maryland-based horseman and author Patrick Smithwick will sign copies of his latest book and read excerpts from it during an appearance Sunday at the Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame

Painting by Vaughn Flannery of the Aiken Trials is being offered up at the Sporting Art Sale by Cross Gate Gallery on No...
10/31/2019
69 | Vaughn Flannery (American, 1898–1955)GREENTREE ENTRY – AIKEN TRIALS$40,000. – $50,000. - The Sporting Art Auction

Painting by Vaughn Flannery of the Aiken Trials is being offered up at the Sporting Art Sale by Cross Gate Gallery on November 17, 2019. If you have a spare $40,000 - $50,000 and win, how about donating the painting to the Aiken Racing Hall of Fame. 😃 All kidding aside, it is a fantastic piece of art and history.

Oil on renaissance panel, 24” x 36” Signed, inscribed ‘Aiken Trials’ $40,000. – 50,000.   Provenance: Kraushaar Galleries, New York City   Vaughn Flannery was an influential and successful advertising art director for the firm of Young & Rubicam. Flannery’s paintings of racehorses stoo...

Lexington YMCA is closing and trying to find homes for its horses
10/29/2019
Lexington YMCA is closing and trying to find homes for its horses

Lexington YMCA is closing and trying to find homes for its horses

The Lexington, SC branch of the YMCA in Red Bank will close in December. The group cites declining membership over last 10 years. Horses at the facility will need new homes. The land has been sold to LandTech.

Here is another excerpt from "The Key to the Quarter Pole" by Robin Traywick Williams."Jockey-sized, Louisa held her pla...
10/23/2019

Here is another excerpt from "The Key to the Quarter Pole" by Robin Traywick Williams.

"Jockey-sized, Louisa held her place at the paddock rail by laying her gnarled hands on the metal rim and leaning in. As she looked at the horses, she heard a replay of the phone call from Mike Lucci. “Come to Virginia for the summer,” Mike had wheedled. “All that beautiful turf racing at Colonial Downs. Just one more season. I need your help with Alice.”

Alice’s Restaurant, she thought fondly. A chunky bay gelding with a big knee and an even bigger heart. It was probably a measure of Louisa’s attachment to the horse that she gave Mike so much pushback: She had quit the track and she wasn’t going back, no matter how much Mike Lucci begged. That part of her life was over. No more fixing horses with problems. No more helping racetrackers with problems. No more sending out horses that didn’t come back. If Alice was going to be one of those, she didn’t want to be there. She’d stay here in Florida with her sister and go watch the Miami Dolphins."

Want to hear more? Robin Traywick Williams will be at the Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and Museum this Friday, October 25 at 4:30 pm to read more and sign copies of her book. Pre-purchase your book at the Weeks Center on Whiskey Road. Books are $16 and a portion of the procedures will be donated to the Hall of Fame.

For more information you contact 803-643-2121 or [email protected]

The following is an excerpt from "The Key to the Quarter Pole" by Robin Traywick Williams."As Louisa peered between the ...
10/22/2019

The following is an excerpt from "The Key to the Quarter Pole" by Robin Traywick Williams.

"As Louisa peered between the shoulders of men crowding the paddock rail at Calder Racecourse, she felt a little itch under her third rib. It always started this way, she reflected, that itch to find the next thing, whether she was looking for it or not. Stuffing a long strand of gray hair into her loose bun, she smiled and looked around the paddock, hoping to see the next thing, perhaps wearing yellow ribbons or leaning on a leather shooting stick. She craned her neck, and a drop of perspiration slid down her spine. She might dress it up in her imagination, but the next thing was usually a horse. Or a man holding a horse.

She had a good view of the horses parading around the oval in anticipation of the ninth race — not that any of them merited much inspection. They looked like the junk you find in the last race of the day at most tracks: a few young horses destined to retire as maidens, a few old campaigners patched together with molasses and steroids.

I could train these horses, she thought. I could fix them up and win with them."

Want to hear more? Robin Traywick Williams will be at the Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and Museum this Friday, October 25 at 4:30 pm to read more and sign copies of her book. Pre-purchase your book at the Weeks Center on Whiskey Road. Books are $16 and a portion of the procedures will be donated to the Hall of Fame.

For more information you contact 803-643-2121 or [email protected]

Secretariat’s Meadow – The Land, The Family, The Legend
10/21/2019

Secretariat’s Meadow – The Land, The Family, The Legend

In light of a recent op-ed published in the Alabama Political Reporter referencing Secretariat, the family of Penny Chenery has asked us to post their response to the paper. The following was penned by John Tweedy:

Recently, your paper published an op-ed that equated the Republican political campaign of 2020 with “unleashing Secretariat.” We, the children of the late Penny Chenery, Secretariat’s owner, remind readers that Secretariat was a horse, not a politician.

Those who invoke his name should remember his life and times. When Secretariat burst onto the cultural scene in 1973, our nation was caught up in a moment not unlike today. The congressional Watergate hearings were in full swing, and the impeachment of President Nixon appeared likely. The war in Vietnam neared its ignominious end. Public confidence in our institutions of government had sagged to a desperate low.

Secretariat became a national hero not because he was the property of one political party or the other, but because his victories transcended all human frailties, and uplifted Americans to a plane of shared exhilaration. Our mother technically “owned” him, but no human could truly claim credit for his achievements. In that sense, he shed his nobility on everyone. His red coat blended with the blue and white jockey silks to form an organic, almost accidental expression of the American spirit.

We will therefore respectfully object to any effort, by anyone, to appropriate Secretariat for any partisan purposes of left or right at this time of agonizing division. Back at a time when America was every bit as divided as it is now, Secretariat was a hero for everyone. As long as we are the guardians of his legacy, he will remain that way.

John Tweedy
Kate Tweedy
Chris Tweedy
Sarah Manning

10/15/2019
Cot Campbell Tribute and Silent Auction at the Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and MuseumThe late W. Cothran “C...
10/14/2019

Cot Campbell Tribute and Silent Auction at the Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and Museum

The late W. Cothran “Cot” Campbell was a visionary who changed the sport of Thoroughbred racing when he developed the concept of syndicated ownership. Campbell was born on September 27, 1927, in New Orleans, and passed away October 27, 2018, at his home in Aiken.

An exhibit celebrating Campbell’s life will open on Sunday, October 27, 2019 at 1:30 pm at the Aiken Thoroughbred Hall of Fame and Racing Museum.

A silent auction will be held from 1:45 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. for various memorabilia from Dogwood Stable that has been donated by Anne Campbell. Proceeds will benefit the Hall of Fame. Items in the silent auction include trophies, artwork and win photos from Dogwood Stable’s 45 years in racing

The exhibition is free to the public. For more information contact 803-643-2121, [email protected] or visit www.aikenracinghalloffame.com.

10/14/2019

Congratulations to Bunting who won an allowance race at Laurel Park on October 11. She was trained at the Aiken Training Track by Cary Frommer and is owned by Hillwood Stables,

Congratulations to City Boy, trained by Mike Keogh at the Aiken Training Track.  He won the Nearctic Stakes G2 at Woodbi...
10/14/2019
City Boy Steps Up At 24-1 In Nearctic Stakes - Horse Racing News | Paulick Report

Congratulations to City Boy, trained by Mike Keogh at the Aiken Training Track. He won the Nearctic Stakes G2 at Woodbine on October 12. This bay gelding is owned by The Estate of Gustav Schickedanz and Donald Howard.

The Estate of Gustav Schickedanz and Donald Howard's City Boy made the jump to graded stakes company a successful one on Saturday, gamely hanging on to win the G2 Nearctic Stakes by a head at odds of 24-1. The 5-year-old City Zip gelding, ridden by Jesse Campbell for trainer Michael Keogh, ran six f...

Good article on Aiken based, pinhooker Cary Frommer.
10/03/2019
Frommer in Comfort Zone at Midlantic Sale

Good article on Aiken based, pinhooker Cary Frommer.

South Carolina horsewoman Cary Frommer has knocked it out of the park with horses she has purchased at Fasig-Tipton's Midlantic Fall Yearlings Sale, so it would make sense that she would be one of the most active buyers this year.

Aiken trained, Palace Malice is finding success as a sire. The late Cot Campbell would be proud.
10/01/2019
Palace Malice proving a hidden turf sire

Aiken trained, Palace Malice is finding success as a sire. The late Cot Campbell would be proud.

Palace Malice never set foot on turf during his own racing career – but, drawing ability from the stamina and versatility of his sire line, the freshman sire has found success with his first juveniles routing on the turf. This was in evidence over the weekend at Belmont Park.

Congratulations to Cary Frommer who trained Killybegs Captain at the Aiken Training Track. The Curragh Stables  owned ho...
09/24/2019

Congratulations to Cary Frommer who trained Killybegs Captain at the Aiken Training Track. The Curragh Stables owned horse won the Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash Stakes (G3) at Laurel Park on September 21.

Congratulations to Legacy Stables who trained Dubini at the Aiken Training Track. The Pewter Stable owned gelding won th...
09/24/2019

Congratulations to Legacy Stables who trained Dubini at the Aiken Training Track. The Pewter Stable owned gelding won the Laurel Dash Stakes at Laurel Park on September 21.

AIken has lost a great friend to steeplechase, horses and the Aiken Racing Hall of Fame. Rest in Peace Catherine until w...
09/20/2019

AIken has lost a great friend to steeplechase, horses and the Aiken Racing Hall of Fame. Rest in Peace Catherine until we meet again.

We are so sad to have to share this news. Photographer Catherine French has passed away after a battle with cancer. Our thoughts are with her family and friends.

Douglas Lees photo

Gamely was trained in Aiken.
09/08/2019

Gamely was trained in Aiken.

The legendary Hall of Famer Gamely poses for pictures following her triumph over stablemate Princessnesian in the 1968 Santa Margarita H at Santa Anita. Left to right, owner William Haggin Perry, trainer James Maloney and jockey Manuel Ycaza bask in victory with their 4-year-old daughter of Bold Ruler. Santa Anita runs the Grade 1 Gamely Stakes for fillies and mares on Monday.

Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners
09/03/2019

Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners

‪It’s an end of an era as Dogwood Stable, in partnership with Eclipse had its final runner, w Pipes checking in a gallant 2nd at Saratoga. The association has been the ultimate honor and the industry owes Cot Campbell a debt of gratitude for forever changing the game for the better. ‬

09/01/2019

If you have stalls in the Aiken area that are available for hurricane evacuees, you may post your information here. Please make sure you leave your name and contact info and notify us once you fill up.

The Sapling Stakes will be run today at Monmouth Park. AIken trained Blue Peter won this race in 1948. Blue Peter made t...
09/01/2019

The Sapling Stakes will be run today at Monmouth Park. AIken trained Blue Peter won this race in 1948. Blue Peter made the cover of the Blood-Horse after winning the 1948 Sapling Stakes, Saratoga Special, Hopeful Stakes, William Penn Stakes Stakes, Garden State Stakes and Hopeful Stakes.

The Spinaway Stakes will be run at Saratoga today. Aiken trained Smart Angle won this race in 1979 as shown in the photo...
09/01/2019

The Spinaway Stakes will be run at Saratoga today. Aiken trained Smart Angle won this race in 1979 as shown in the photo below.

The Aiken Training Track is getting ready to help evacuees as Hurricane Dorian approaches South Carolina. Please check o...
08/31/2019

The Aiken Training Track is getting ready to help evacuees as Hurricane Dorian approaches South Carolina. Please check out the information below if you and your horses need to relocate during the hurricane.

ALL stalls at the Aiken Training Track have now been reserved for Hurricane Dorian evacuees. To be placed on a waiting list, please contact Alice Knowles at 502-548-0654.

For those that have reserved stalls please remember the following:

There will be no fee for the stalls that are used.

You must provide your own feed and bedding as well as cleaning the stalls before leaving Aiken.

A liability release form and a COG Form must be signed.

Please keep in mind that many stores in Aiken will be closed on Monday, September 2 for Labor Day.

Our address is

Aiken Training Track
538 Two Notch Rd
Aiken, SC 29801

Office Hours:
9am – 12pm
Monday – Friday
803-648-4631
[email protected]

Aiken Equine Resources:

Aiken Saddlery, Inc.
1044 E. Pine Log Road
Aiken, SC 29803
803-649-6583
[email protected].

Aiken County Farm Supply
1933 Park Ave
Aiken, SC 29801
803-649.2987
[email protected]

Tractor Supply
2655 Whiskey Rd.
Aiken, SC 29803
803-648-4449

Aiken Equine Veterinary Associates
1231 Toolebeck Rd
Aiken, SC 29803
803-648-0430
[email protected]

Southern Equine Service
1258 Banks Mill Road
Aiken, SC 29803
803-644-1544
[email protected]

Carolina Equine Clinic
951 Powderhouse Rd SE
Aiken, SC 29803
803-642-9195
[email protected]

08/31/2019

The Saranac Stakes will be run today at Saratoga. Several Aiken trained horses have won this race. Stage Door Johnny won in 1968, Dance Spell in 1976, De La Rose won in 1981 and Marlang won in 2008. We haven't been able to find any photos or video to share of this race. Sorry. :-(

Watch Kelso's 1963 win in the Woodward Stakes!
08/31/2019
Kelso - 1963 Woodward Stakes

Watch Kelso's 1963 win in the Woodward Stakes!

Kelso dominates to win his third Woodward in succession.

08/31/2019
Quality Road - 2010 Woodward Stakes (G1)

Watch Quality Road's win the in 2010 Woodward Stakes.

Quality Road returned to the winner's circle Saturday afternoon at Saratoga Race Course with an emphatic 4 ¾-length victory over Mythical Power in the 57th r...

08/31/2019
2013 Woodward Stakes - Alpha

The Woodward Stakes will be run today at the Saratoga. Several Aiken trained horses have won the Woodward Stakes. Kelso won in 1961, 1962 & 1963, Pleasant Colony won in 1981, Quality Road won in 2010 and Alpha won in 2013. Watch Alpha's exciting win by clicking on the link below.

It was Alpha all the way in the Woodward Stakes at Saratoga on August 31, 2013. Flat Out finished second, Successful Dan third.

Evangeline Downs Racing
08/30/2019

Evangeline Downs Racing

Jockeys at Evangeline Downs honor the passing of legendary Louisiana jockey Randy Romero with a prayer circle and a moment of silence on Thursday night. Photo by Coady Photography.

You will be missed. Rest in peace.
08/29/2019
Hall of Fame Jockey Randy Romero Dies at 61

You will be missed. Rest in peace.

Hall of Fame jockey Randy Romero's decades-long battle with severe health issues ended around midnight Aug. 29 when the Louisiana native died. From 1985 through 1989 alone, his mounts earned more than $35 million.

Look who is featured on the BloodHorse.com! Aiken's own Blue Peter who is buried at the Aiken Training Track.
08/29/2019
BackTrack: A Blue Ribbon Hopeful for Blue Peter

Look who is featured on the BloodHorse.com! Aiken's own Blue Peter who is buried at the Aiken Training Track.

This week's BackTrack offers coverage of the Aug. 28, 1948 Hopeful Stakes at Saratoga Race Course won by Blue Peter, beginning with a meet wrap-up column from Joe Palmer headlined, "Saratoga is a Lively Corpse," followed by the stakes summary.

Aiken trained Happy Sophia finished 1st by 2 lengths in race 5 yesterday at Finger Lakes Racetrack in New York. She was ...
08/28/2019
Taste Of Victory Stables

Aiken trained Happy Sophia finished 1st by 2 lengths in race 5 yesterday at Finger Lakes Racetrack in New York. She was trained at the Aiken Training Track by Cary Frommer. The 3-year-old filly is owned by a Taste Of Victory Stables. Visit their website at www.tovstables.com.

Education. Experience. Winning. Taste Of Victory Stables Next Generation Ownership

Midshipman was the 2008 Aiken Trained Horse of the Year. He was owned by Stonerside and trained in Aiken by Tim Jones.
08/22/2019
Midshipman Colt Tops WTBOA Summer Sale

Midshipman was the 2008 Aiken Trained Horse of the Year. He was owned by Stonerside and trained in Aiken by Tim Jones.

Led by a Midshipman colt sold for $120,000, the Washington Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association's Summer Yearling and Mixed Sale posted across-the-board gains when compared with the 2018 edition.

Congratulations Legacy Stables! "Train Here, Win Anywhere!"
08/22/2019
Aiken trained GIOVANNA BLUES wins the $100,000 Flaming Page S. at Woodbine

Congratulations Legacy Stables! "Train Here, Win Anywhere!"

Started by Legacy Stables, GIOVANNA BLUES (Gio Ponti) added her first stakes win in the FLAMING PAGE S., C$104,000 at Woodbine. She was knocking on the door as last out she ran 3rd in the Ontario Matron Stakes (Gr. 3). Racing 1 1/2 miles on the turf, GIOVANNA BLUES dropped back to last, then gradual...

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