Philip Kirby Racing
Early lot in the sunshine...
Forty Champion Thoroughbreds have trained at the famed Aiken Training Track and the Hall of Fame immortalizes each in their own exhibits.
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.
Philip Kirby Racing
Early lot in the sunshine...
The Sanford Stakes will be held on July 13 at the Saratoga Race Course. An Aiken Trained horse named Forty Niner won the Sanford Stakes in 1987. Tom Fool won this race in 1951 as did Devil Diver in 1941. Both horses trained at the Aiken Training Track. Click on the link below to watch Forty Niner's race.
The 2-year-old season officially began today at Saratoga Race Track because Woody Stephens finally made it to the winner's circle with a promising young colt...
Signalman, who is running in this Saturday's Preakness Stakes, has several Aiken connections. His grandsire on his dam's side is Aiken trained Trippi who was owned by Dogwood Stable. He is a descendant of Aiken trained Forty Niner. He is also a descendant of Danzig who spent some rest time in Aiken.
Owendale, who is running in this Saturday's Preakness Stakes, has a bit of an Aiken connection. His great-grandam on his sire's side was named Christmas in Aiken.
Aiken trained Summer Squall won the 1990 Preakness Stakes. Enjoy the race by clicking on the link below.
Aiken trained Pleasant Colony won the 1981 Preakness Stakes. Enjoy the race my clicking on the link below.
With a final burst of speed in the last few strides, Pleasant Colony added the 106th Preakness today to his Kentucky Derby victory and needs only the Belmont...
Aiken trained Capot won the 1949 Preakness Stakes. Enjoy the race by clicking on the link below.
[1949 - Sports, USA Horse Racing: Capot Wins Preakness. May49] 13:19:09 Crowd w/ newspapers over head protecting from rain standing in front of grandstand. C...
Winning Kentucky Derby jockey learned to ride in Augusta
Willie Simms, a Derby, Preakness and Belmont winning rider of the 1890s, got his start at a local livery stable.
Great story about a great friend to the Hall of Fame, the Aiken Training Track and horses.
Jack Wetzel would like to be remembered as just an ordinary guy, who did whatever he could to help his neighbors and mankind.
All I can say is WOW!
Country House, a longshot at 65-1, won the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby after a rider's objection led to the disqualification of Maximum Security, who crossed the line first at Churchill Downs on Saturday.
Serengeti Empress won the 2019 Kentucky Oaks yesterday at Churchill Downs. Her great-grandsire is Aiken trained Forty Niner.
Serengeti Empress wins the 145th running of the Kentucky Oaks!
Watch it again...and again👇
Who you got?
Bricks And Mortar, a descendent of Aiken trained Stage Door Johnny, won the Old Forester Turf Classic Stakes at Churchill Downs today.
Horse Racing news: Bricks and Mortar up in time to win Old Forester Turf Classic.
Mr. Money, a descendent of Aiken trained Forty Niner, won the Pat Day Mile Stakes at Churchill Downs today.
Horse Racing news: 'He showed up today'; Mr. Money cashes in Pat Day Mile upset.
Current odds for today's Kentucky Derby.
20 thoroughbred horses will get the once in a lifetime opportunity to run in the 145th Kentucky Derby on May 4, 2019.
Aiken connected Haikal is out of the Derby with an injury. Hope he heals quickly. Haikal's great grandsire is Forty-Niner, who trained at the Aiken Training Track.
Haikal has an abscess in his front left hoof and joins Omaha Beach as two Kentucky Derby contenders that have been scratched from the field.
Gabi is a friend and supporter of the Hall of Fame, the Aiken Training Track and Aiken. Congratulations on having a great article published.
Many immigrants come to the United States chasing the 'American dream.' So do immigrant racehorses, who literally carry the hopes of their trainers and riders on their backs.
We’re starting to think that War of Will knows that he is very very handsome.
15 years after winning Kentucky Derby, Philadelphia’s Smarty Jones still wins hearts
Pennsylvania's greatest horse is back in the region in Lebanon County. People come from thousands of miles away to see him. He gets Christmas cards.
Gray Magician is looking to win the 145th edition of the first jewel of the Triple Crown. His great-great grandsire is Aiken trained Conquistador Cielo. Learn more about him at
Aiken trained Forty Niner is well represented at this year's Kentucky. His great-great grandson, Cutting Humor is looking to win the "Run for the Roses" on Saturday, Learn more about him at www.kentuckyderby.com/horses/cutting-humor.
There are a lot of Aiken connections in this year's Kentucky Derby. Haikal's great grandsire is Forty-Niner, who trained at the Aiken Training Track. Learn more about him at www.kentuckyderby.com/horses/haikal
Long Range Toddy, who is running in Saturday's Kentucky Derby, also has an Aiken connection. He is a descendent of Aiken trained Pleasant Colony, who won the 1981 Kentucky Derby. Learn more about him at www.kentuckyderby.com/horses/long-range-toddy
A horse running in Saturday's Kentucky Derby has an Aiken connection. Roadster's sire is Quality Road, the 2009 & 2010 Aiken Trained Horse of the Year! Learn more about him at www.kentuckyderby.com/horses/roadster.
Aiken trained Sea Hero won the 1993 Kentucky Derby. Enjoy the race by clicking on the link below.
the 1993 kentuky derby
Aiken trained Swale won the 1984 Kentucky Derby. Aiken trained Vanlandingham also ran. Enjoy the race by clicking on the link below.
El ejemplar Swale, montado por el jinete panameño Laffit Pincay, Jr., se impone en el Kentucky Derby celebrado el 5 de mayo de 1984 en el Hipódromo Churchill...
Favored Omaha Beach Out of Kentucky Derby
Omaha Beach, the morning-line favorite for the May 4 Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1), will not run in the race after being diagnosed with an entrapped epiglottis.
An Aiken trained horse, Rookie Salsa, won the Kentucky Juvenile Stakes today at Churchill Downs. Congratulations to the Mason Springs Training Center for sending this horse out fit and ready to win. Learn more about Mason Springs at https://masonsprings.run/.
Seeing Rookie Salsa display an understanding of racing beyond his years, Jeremiah O'Dwyer wasted no time in nominating the son of Two Step Salsa to the $125,000 Kentucky Juvenile Stakes.
Aiken trained Pleasant Colony won the 1981 Kentucky Derby. Enjoy the race by clicking on the link below.
El tresañero Pleasant Colony, montado por el panameño Jorge Velásquez, se impone en el Kentucky Derby celebrado en el hipódromo Churchill Downs, el sábado 2 ...
Aiken trained Cannonade won the 1974 Kentucky Derby. Enjoy the race by clicking on the link below. *Warning - The video and audio is not the best quality, but it was the best I could find.*
Cannonade wins the 1974 Kentucky Derby.
2019 Kentucky Derby Study Guide
2019 Kentucky Derby Study Guide at the Kentucky Derby.
Aiken trained Lucky Debonair won the 1965 Kentucky Derby. Enjoy the race by clicking on the link below.
Aiken trained Shut Out won the 1942 Kentucky Derby. Devil Diver, who also trained in Aiken, ran as well. Enjoy the race by clicking on the link below.
Titles read: "KENTUCKY DERBY". Kentucky, United States of America. Various shots of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. Huge crowds watch the horses make ...
Quality Road was the 2009 & 2010 Aiken Trained Horse of the Year.
Quality Road had a million dollar filly sell yesterday at the OBS sales. Congratulations to all of the connections involved.
I am Horse Racing
A trainer since 1988, Keith Desormeaux was born into a racing family and began as an exercise rider in his home state of Louisiana. His foray into training also began in “The Big Easy,” eventually expanded to Texas, and then on to California in 2013. Ever humble Desormeaux state’s he’s “just an old country boy working in the trenches for these past 30 years.” #IAMHORSERACING
Three Chimneys Farm
First starter first winner for Three Chimneys freshman sire, PALACE MALICE! LETSSTAYPOSITIVE wins on debut by 4 lengths @keeneland for Jeff Morris, Constance Wickes and trainer Wesley Ward! (photo credit Coady Photography)
Palace Malice's son will be named after Cot Campbell! Wonderful news!
A colt purchased by Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners at an auction in Florida on Wednesday will be named Cothran in honor of Dogwood Stable’s late president, W. Cothran "Cot" Campbell.
Good morining! We are LIVE from Churchill Downs as the Kentucky Derby and Oaks horses train.
Equine Rescue of Aiken
We usually don’t do these posts, but with it being summer we have very little donations coming in and we could use help. This month we have had several cases we have needed veterinary assistance or they are needing special attention.
THE GOOD NEWS IS ALL THESE HORSES CAN WITH YOUR HELP HAVE GREAT LIVES.....
Our beloved BJ Diablo that we received from Puerto Rico had a freak pasture accident and required veterinary care to suture him up and has required daily antibiotics, wound care and stall rest.
Our newest addition Aretha, a Percheron mare came in last Saturday. She worked 12 hour shifts for the Amish and those days really took a toll on her. She came in and you can see the scars from her harness on her shoulders, hips and neck. She also came in with two very bad abscesses on her poll that required veterinary assistance. Our wonderful vets at Performance Equine Vets were able to fix her up today and she is now starting her antibiotics and will be cleaned regularly to make sure it heals up well.
Stephanie, our sweetest baby donkey that we rescued last year has been in the hospital for several months getting treatment, surgery and rehab. Stephanie required surgery to release her contracted tendon and has been casted to help straighten out the leg. As you can imagine, being in the vet for such a long period of time has built up a very large vet bill. At this time Stephanie’s team of vets have decided that her progress with the leg is as far as it is going to come and they feel her having a permanent orthotic brace on her leg. There is a man named Derrick Campana who founded Animal OrthoCare who can construct an orthotic that would feature the range of motion joints to allow her to still use the leg to walk and if waterproof. He has worked on many cases that were similar or worse. He has been featured on Animal Planet, several magazines and articles. He has built braces for all different species of animals. We are very hopeful and feel this is the best option for Stephanie.
Lastly, today we took in 3 horses today. We were asked by Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) to help take in 3 horses in a large case of horses that were neglected. They came off the trailer with matted hair covering their bodies, tangled manes and tails and poor body condition. Bringing in neglect cases is VERY expensive. We provide the best quality Alfalfa hay until they are healthy enough for grain and then we provide the best senior grain to these horses. It is a very expensive process to get them back to healthy and adoptable.
We are reaching out to the public and our supporters for your help. We try to continue to make our difference in helping cases such as these and we could not do it without donations. We are fully operated on donations and cases such as these are very expensive and especially hard on us when we get this many cases at once. If any businesses, individuals or cooperations would like to sponsor a horse or the cause please reach out to us. We are trying to raise $10,000 towards these expenses. It may seem like a lot of money but only a drop in the bucket for these 6 horses and we have 60+ horses in our care. All of these cases are very expensive and will take time to get to an adoptable status.
Checks can also be mailed
Equine Rescue of Aiken
532 Glenwood drive
Aiken SC 29803
And through PayPal [email protected]
New chairman tackling challenge of keeping Training Track alive and thriving
Since Chad Ingram became the chairman of the Aiken Training Track earlier this month, he’s met with one or more of his fellow board members nearly every day to discuss
The Temple Gwathmey Steeplechase Hurdle Handicap is being run this Saturday in Middleburg, Virginia. Three Aiken trained have won this event. They are:
Neji in 1955 & 1957
Barnaby's Bluff in 1962
Amber Diver in 1963 & 1964
The article below is from the October 22, 1955 edition of the Monroe (Louisiana) Morning News. Neji was the winner.
The Grand National Steeplechase is being run this Saturday in Butler, Maryland. Did you know that several Aiken trained horses have won this event? They are:
Elkridge in 1946
Oedipus in 1951
Neji in 1955, 1957 & 1958
Barnaby's Bluff in 1962
The photo below is of Elkridge in the 1946 race.
The Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and Museum will be closed Friday, April 19 and Sunday, April 21 for official City of Aiken holidays.
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