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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.

Looking for some post-Valentine’s day excitement? Mr. Monomoy, an offspring of Aiken-trained Palace Malice, will run on ...
02/09/2020
Mr. Monomoy, Half-Brother To Champion Monomoy Girl, Breaks His Maiden At Churchill - Horse Racing News | Paulick Report

Looking for some post-Valentine’s day excitement? Mr. Monomoy, an offspring of Aiken-trained Palace Malice, will run on Feb. 15 in the Grade 2 Risen Star Stakes, division I. There are 2 divisions as the field was divided to better accommodate the 23 horses entered at Fair Grounds Racetrack in Louisiana. Palace Malice was trained at Dogwood Stables by Brad Stauffer and Ron Stevens and then fell under the tutelage of trainer Todd Pletcher. He was owned by the late Cot Campbell.
Brad Cox trains Mr. Monomoy and the jockey is Florent Geroux.
https://www.paulickreport.com/news/bloodstock/mr-monomoy-half-brother-to-champion-monomoy-girl-breaks-his-maiden-at-churchill/

In his second career start, 2-year-old Mr. Monomoy delivered on his pedigree's promise with a 5 1/2-length victory over maiden special weight company at Churchill Downs. The half-brother to champion Monomoy Girl ran 6 1/2 furlongs over the fast main track in 1:17.57 for trainer Brad Cox and jockey F...

02/09/2020
Montauk Traffic - 2020 - The Jimmy Winkfield

The Aiken-trained colt Montauk Traffic won an impressive first-place victory yesterday in the Jimmy Winkfield Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack in NY. Montauk Traffic, trained at Legacy Stables by Brad Stauffer and Ron Stevens, moved from last to first place to secure his victory with a big run in the backstretch under the skilled Panamanian jockey José Lezcano. Montauk Traffic won by 1 ½ lengths. This marks the second consecutive win for Montauk Traffic.

After finishing his schooling in Aiken at Legacy Stables, Montauk Traffic moved to Linda Rice’s barn. The race was 7 furlongs with a $100,000 purse.

The race is named for James Winkfield, a tremendous jockey and the last black rider to win the Kentucky Derby. Congratulations to Brad, Ron, José, Linda, and Montauk Traffic’s owner Chris Foutoukis!

Follow the career of this Aiken-trained colt as he points to the Gotham Stakes, which will be run March 7! Watch the race here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wP6RIh6Aek
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Chris Fountoukis' Montauk Traffic gave trainer Linda Rice her third stakes triumph of the meet when making a furious last-to-first rally to take the $100,000...

02/06/2020
The Kenny Rice Horse Racing Show - Episode 39 - Charlsie Cantey Interview

Breakfast at the Gallops is only a few weeks away on Friday, March 13, 2020. Charlsie Cantey, former horse racing analyst is this year's guest speaker. Tickets can be purchased at the Weeks Center (1700 Whiskey Rd.), Folly (downtown Aiken), Meybohm Real Estate (downtown Aiken), Aiken Training Track Office, the Aiken Visitors Center & Train Museum (406 Park Avenue SE) and the Aiken County Visitors Center (133 Laurens St NW).

Enjoy this video of Cantey being interviewed on The Kenny Rice Horse Racing Show. https://youtu.be/KSlIRvk0DhU

The First Lady of TV Racing Charlsie Cantey reflects on an award-winning career that spanned CBS Sports, ABC, ESPN and NBC Sports including 20 Triple Crowns,...

Due to the threat of severe weather, the Hall of Fame will be closed today, February 6.
02/06/2020

Due to the threat of severe weather, the Hall of Fame will be closed today, February 6.

Aiken Training Track
02/05/2020

Aiken Training Track

The March 21, 1955 edition of the Aiken Standard featured a photo of, from left to right, Mrs. James F. Byrnes (wife of the Governor), Mrs. C. Oliver Islein (owner of Hopelands Gardens) and Elizabeth Arden Graham (owner of Maine Chance Farm and founder of cosmetics empire Elizabeth Arden, Inc.). Maine Chance Farm trained horses at the Aiken Training Track for many years.

Aiken Training Track
02/03/2020

Aiken Training Track

Today's historical photo is from the 1964 Aiken Trials. Mayor Odell Weeks is presenting the City of Aiken trophy to Greentree Stable's trainer, John Gaver. Port of Call's victory. Photos are from the Aiken Standard. Check back soon for another piece of Aiken Trials history.

Aiken Training Track
02/02/2020

Aiken Training Track

Today's historic photo is Devil Diver winning the fifth race at the 1944 Aiken Trials. The race was run on Friday, March 24 and Devil Diver raced in the pink and black colored silks of Greentree Stable. He was named the 1943 & 1943 Champion Handicap Horse. He was inducted in to the National Racing Hall of Fame in 1980. Devil Diver was named by Blood-Horse magazine as # 55 of the Top 100 U.S. Racehorses of the 20th Century. He was elected to the Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame on January 23, 1977.

Aiken Training Track
02/02/2020

Aiken Training Track

This is a photo from 1942 of Aiken trained Devil Diver with Hall of Fame jockey, Eddie Arcaro. Did you know that Arcaro rode in the Aiken Trials in 1946? He won the second, third, fourth and sixth races, all aboard Greentree Stable horses on Wednesday, March 27. Arcaro was back in the saddle on Saturday, March 29 riding in four races and winning one.

Aiken Training Track
01/31/2020

Aiken Training Track

Today's photos are from the 1948 Aiken Trials. Notice the admission ticket is only for the 1st day. There were two days of racing on Thursday, March 18 and Friday, March 19. Check back tomorrow for more photos. Get your tickets for the 2020 Aiken Trials at www.eventbrite.com/e/2020-aiken-trials-tickets-83085253229 or stop by the Aiken Training Track office Monday - Friday from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm.

An exhibit featuring trainer, Virgil “Buddy” Raines is now on display at the Aiken Thoroughbred Hall of Fame and Racing ...
01/30/2020

An exhibit featuring trainer, Virgil “Buddy” Raines is now on display at the Aiken Thoroughbred Hall of Fame and Racing Museum during the month of February.

Raines' career as a trainer spanned over 62 years and he trained 24 stakes winners. He learned his trade from Robert A. Smith, head trainer for Brookmeade Stable, and assisted Smith in the training of Cavalcade, winner of the 1934 Kentucky Derby and High Quest, winner of the 1934 Preakness Stakes, where Cavalcade was the runner-up. Raines was head trainer for Donald P. Ross' Brandywine Stables for nearly 40 years where he was victorious in the 1962 Preakness with Greek Money and trained the 1966 co-Champion Handicap Mare, Open Fire. He trained horses at the Aiken Training Track beginning in 1956 and made Aiken his home for many years before his death in 2000.

The exhibit features photos, newspaper articles and other memorabilia about Raines life. There is no admission fee and the exhibit is open during regular museum hours.

The Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and Museum is located in Hopelands Gardens at 135 Dupree Place and is open Tuesday-Friday & Sunday from 2 - 5 pm and Saturday from 10 am - 5 pm. For more information call 803-642-7631, e-mail [email protected]

An exhibit featuring trainer, Virgil “Buddy” Raines is now on display at the Aiken Thoroughbred Hall of Fame and Racing Museum during the month of February.

Raines' career as a trainer spanned over 62 years and he trained 24 stakes winners. He learned his trade from Robert A. Smith, head trainer for Brookmeade Stable, and assisted Smith in the training of Cavalcade, winner of the 1934 Kentucky Derby and High Quest, winner of the 1934 Preakness Stakes, where Cavalcade was the runner-up. Raines was head trainer for Donald P. Ross' Brandywine Stables for nearly 40 years where he was victorious in the 1962 Preakness with Greek Money and trained the 1966 co-Champion Handicap Mare, Open Fire. He trained horses at the Aiken Training Track beginning in 1956 and made Aiken his home for many years before his death in 2000.

The exhibit features photos, newspaper articles and other memorabilia about Raines life. There is no admission fee and the exhibit is open during regular museum hours.

The Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and Museum is located in Hopelands Gardens at 135 Dupree Place and is open Tuesday-Friday & Sunday from 2 - 5 pm and Saturday from 10 am - 5 pm. For more information call 803-642-7631, e-mail [email protected]

Aiken Training Track
01/29/2020

Aiken Training Track

Thanks to Barry Bornstein for this photo from last year's Aiken Trials. The 2020 Aiken Trials will be held on Saturday, March 14. Get your tickets now so you won't miss a day of exciting racing. General admission tickets may be purchased at the Aiken Training Track office, the Week Center on Whiskey Road or online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2020-aiken-trials-tickets-83085253229.

Aiken Training Track
01/27/2020

Aiken Training Track

Today's photo spotlight is from the 1968 Aiken Trials program. Red Reality was owned by Cragwood Stable and trained by MacKenzie Miller. The son of Intentionally - Nalo was entered in the fourth race, finishing first. Red Reality would go on to have a six year career with 77 starts, 20 wins, 16 seconds and 12 thirds. He won the Del Mar Invitational Handicap (Gr. 2), the Bernard Baruch Handicap (Gr. 3) and the Edgemere Handicap (Gr. 3) in 1973. Check back tomorrow for another historical photo.

Aiken Training Track
01/26/2020

Aiken Training Track

Today's photo spotlight is from the 1966 Aiken Trials program. Assagai, owned by Cragwood Stable and trained by MacKenzie Miller was entered in the fifth race, finishing third. He was the 1966 Champion Turf Horse winning the Man of War Stakes, the United Nations Handicap, the Bernard Baruch Handicap, the Tidal Handicap and the Long Branch Stakes. He was elected to the Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame on January 23, 1977. The second photo shows Assagai in Aiken and headed to a work out at the Aiken Training Track. Check back tomorrow for another historical photo.

Contenders - PEGASUS
01/25/2020
Contenders - PEGASUS

Contenders - PEGASUS

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Aiken Training Track
01/25/2020

Aiken Training Track

Aiken Training Track
01/22/2020

Aiken Training Track

Today's photo spotlight is from the 1989 Aiken Trials program. Summer Squall, owned by Dogwood Stable and trained locally by Ron Stevens, was entered in the first race where he finished third. After "graduating" from the Aiken Training Track he was sent to trainer, Neil Howard and in 1989 won the Hopeful Stakes, the Bashford Manor Stakes, the Saratoga Special Stakes and the Kentucky Breeders' Cup Stakes. Summer Squall continued his winning ways in 1990 winning the Jim Beam Stakes, the Pennsylvania Derby, the Blue Grass Stakes and the Preakness Stakes.
Check back tomorrow for another historical photo.

Aiken Training Track
01/21/2020

Aiken Training Track

Getting young horses trained in the gate is an important part of preparation to run in the Aiken Trials. This photo was taken by Ginny Southworth in 1986. Check back tomorrow for another photo.

Aiken Training Track
01/20/2020

Aiken Training Track

Even the great Aiken blizzard of 1973 did not stop the these thoroughbreds preparing for the Aiken Trials. This file photo appeared in the February 12, 1973 edition of the Aiken Standard. Check back tomorrow for another historical photo.

Aiken Training Track
01/19/2020

Aiken Training Track

Another photo from the 1949 Aiken Trials program. is today's spotlight. Coincidence, owned by Greentree Stable and trained by John Gaver, was entered in the ninth race. The son of Questionnaire - Small World had already begun his racing career before returning to Aiken to run in the Trials on March 23. He won the 1946 Vosburgh Handicap, the 1946 Aqueduct Handicap, the 1947 Laurel Stakes and the 1947 Excelsior Handicap and the 1948 Bay Shore Handicap. After the 1949 Aiken Trials, Coincidence raced in the Brandywine Handicap where he finished second. Check back tomorrow for another historical photo.

Aiken Training Track
01/18/2020

Aiken Training Track

Another photo from past Aiken Trials programs is today's spotlight. This one is from 1950 where Casemate, owned by James Cox Brady and trained by Bobby Dotter, was entered in the eight race. The chestnut son of Case Ace - Ky. Flash had already begun his racing career before returning to Aiken to run in the Trials on March 17. He won the 1949 Sapling Stakes, the 1949 New Jersey Stallion Stakes, the 1949 Dover Stakes and the 1950 Rumson Handicap. After the 1950 Aiken Trials, Casemate went onto win the 1951 Metropolitan Handicap. Check back tomorrow for another historical photo.

Aiken Training Track
01/17/2020

Aiken Training Track

Special treat today...a photo from the 1960 Aiken Trials program. Pete Bostwick's Barnaby's Bluff ran in the fourth race, but did not finish in the money. That did not deter the bay gelding from winning the 1962 Grand National Steeplechase Handicap, the 1962 Brook National Steeplechase Handicap and the 1962 Temple Gwathmey Steeplechase Handicap. He would be named the 1962 Champion Steeplechase Horse and elected to the Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame on January 23, 1977. Check back tomorrow for another historical photo.

Aiken Training Track
01/16/2020

Aiken Training Track

Today's historical photo, taken by Bob Stoner, is of Desert War. Billy Bernard is the rider and Brian Allen is holding the horse. Desert War was owned by Rokeby Stable and trained by MacKenzie Miller. The son of Damascus - Quicksand, by Mill Reef would go on to win the City of Aiken Cup in the 1986 Aiken Trials. It appeared in the February 9, 1986 edition of the Aiken Standard. Check back tomorrow for another photo.

Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred
01/16/2020

Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred

Sad news to report - Taylor Mountain Farm announced today that Windsor Castle died last evening at the age of 22. The son of Lord Carson–Frigidette (It's Freezing) was a multiple graded stakes winner of $591,715. At stud at Taylor Mountain since 2004, he sired 36 stakes horses, led by millionaire DOWN TOWN ALLEN.

Aiken Training Track
01/15/2020

Aiken Training Track

Today's historical photo is from the 1988 Aiken Trials. This photo, taken by Phil Jones, shows the contestants running through the mud after breaking from the gate. It appeared in the March 20, 1988 edition of the Aiken Standard. Check back tomorrow for another photo.

Aiken Training Track Reports Strong 2019 Season
01/13/2020
Aiken Training Track Reports Strong 2019 Season

Aiken Training Track Reports Strong 2019 Season

William Gutfarb, newly elected president of the Aiken Training Track's board of directors and chair of the finance committee, tallied the graduates ' year-end results shortly after the Nov.-Dec. 2019 results were posted on the track's web site.

Aiken Training Track
01/13/2020

Aiken Training Track

Today's historical photo is from the 1984 Aiken Trials and shows Jim Townsend preparing to dismount after his ride in the sixth race. This photo was taken by Ginny Southworth and appeared in the March 19, 1984 edition of the Aiken Standard. Check back tomorrow for another photo.

Three Chimneys Farm
01/13/2020

Three Chimneys Farm

The only Freshman Sire to have a Grade I Breeders’ Cup Winner. The only Freshman Sire to have an Eclipse Award finalist. #PalaceMalice

Aiken Training Track
01/12/2020

Aiken Training Track

Today's historical photo is from the 1995 Aiken Trials. Dogwood Stable's Arrival Time, with Kim Baker aboard, wins the City of Aiken Cup. Arrival Time came back to Aiken in 1995 after winning the Grade 3 Swale Stakes in 1994. This photo was taken by Ginny Southworth and appeared in the March 19, 1995 edition of the Aiken Standard. Check back tomorrow for another photo.

Aiken Training Track
01/11/2020

Aiken Training Track

Today's historical photo is from the 1986 Aiken Trials. Thoroughbreds entered in the fourth race are led out on to the track. This photo was taken by Ginny Southworth and appeared in the March 30, 1986 edition of the Aiken Standard. Check back tomorrow for another photo.

Aiken Training Track
01/10/2020

Aiken Training Track

Today's historical photo is from the 1992 Aiken Trials by photographer Ginny Southworth. Young thoroughbreds are racing down the homestretch in one of the races and cheered on by an excited crowd! Check back tomorrow for another photo.

Aiken Training Track
01/09/2020

Aiken Training Track

Today's historical photo is from the 1991 Aiken Trials. Dogwood Stable's Sycamore Slew is headed to the finish line of the third race. Jockey, Julie Stewart rode the son of Seattle Slew to a 10 length win. This photo was taken by Ginny Southworth and appeared in the March 17, 1991 edition of the Aiken Standard. Check back tomorrow for another photo.

The historic Aiken Training Track has been in operation since 1942. A photo from the Hall of Fame archives shows Dogwood...
01/09/2020

The historic Aiken Training Track has been in operation since 1942. A photo from the Hall of Fame archives shows Dogwood Stable's Cot Campbell and legendary trainer, Virgil "Buddy" Raines having a chat during morning workouts in 1996. This photo was taken by Ginny Southworth and appeared in the March 13, 1996 edition of the Aiken Standard.

Tickets for the 2020 Breakfast at the Gallops are now available online. Tickets at local outlets will be available begin...
01/08/2020

Tickets for the 2020 Breakfast at the Gallops are now available online. Tickets at local outlets will be available beginning January 20. This year's special guest speaker is Charlsie Cantey, thoroughbred racing’s first female broadcaster and horse racing analyst. She worked for ESPN, ABC Sports, CBS Sports, NBC Sports and USA Network.

For more information visit
https://www.aikenracinghalloffame.com/Breakfast_at_the_Gallops.html

Aiken Training Track
01/08/2020

Aiken Training Track

Today's historical photo is from the 1990 Aiken Trials. Trainer, Virgil "Buddy" Raines talks to a Buckland Farm jockey before a race. This photo was taken by Ginny Southworth and appeared in the March 18, 1990 edition of the Aiken Standard. Check back tomorrow for another photo.

Robin Traywick Williams, author
01/08/2020

Robin Traywick Williams, author

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Looking for some post-Valentine’s day excitement? Mr. Monomoy, an offspring of Aiken-trained Palace Malice, will run on Feb. 15 in the Grade 2 Risen Star Stakes, division I. There are 2 divisions as the field was divided to better accommodate the 23 horses entered at Fair Grounds Racetrack in Louisiana. Palace Malice was trained at Dogwood Stables by Brad Stauffer and Ron Stevens and then fell under the tutelage of trainer Todd Pletcher. He was owned by the late Cot Campbell. Brad Cox trains Mr. Monomoy and the jockey is Florent Geroux.
The Aiken-trained colt Montauk Traffic won an impressive first-place victory yesterday in the Jimmy Winkfield Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack in NY. Montauk Traffic, trained at Legacy Stables by Brad Stauffer and Ron Stevens, moved from last to first place to secure his victory with a big run in the backstretch under the skilled Panamanian jockey José Lezcano. Montauk Traffic won by 1 ½ lengths. This marks the second consecutive win for Montauk Traffic. After finishing his schooling in Aiken at Legacy Stables, Montauk Traffic moved to Linda Rice’s barn. The race was 7 furlongs with a $100,000 purse. The race is named for James Winkfield, a tremendous jockey and the last black rider to win the Kentucky Derby. Congratulations to Brad, Ron, José, Linda, and Montauk Traffic’s owner Chris Foutoukis! Follow the career of this Aiken-trained colt as he points to the Gotham Stakes, which will be run March 7! Watch the race here:
Thank you everyone from the Campbell family! We appreciate your love for Dad. His service is Thursday at 2 at First Baptist of Aiken.