Why Aiken

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If you are looking for a quiet place to start your yearlings, give an older horse some well earned down time, or need a quick tune up to get a horse back to the races, the Aiken Training Track has everything you need to get the job done safely and well. It is the perfect place for man and beast to spend the winter.

Facility

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The Aiken Training Track has the facilities, the staff, and the weather to make it excel as a place to break yearlings, rest an older or or bring a horse back to the race track. The climate needs to be stressed, it is mild but has necessary cold snaps, short in time but important to the health and development of young and old horses alike.

  • A one- mile red clay base, sandy loam cushioned track, with excellent drainage.
  • A 5/8 sand track built around one of the country's oldest known polo fields
  • Access to turf course
  • In field turf gallop
  • Newly constructed courtyard barn
  • A United Puett 6 stall starting gate
  • Pocket's Track Kitchen
  • A tack repair shop on the premises
  • State of the art veterinary care is available, including Nuclear Scintigraphy, MRI's, Gastroscopes, Orthoscopic and upper airway surgery.
  • Manure Pickup
  • Numerous local tack and feed stores
  • Miles of dirt roads and grassy fields that are ideal for hacking
  • Located in close proximity to Aiken's famous Hitchcock Woods.
  • Contact us today to find out what we have to offer, our rates and perhaps a personal tour. We look forward to showing you why the Aiken Training Track is clearly a unique place to discover…all over again.
Aiken Training Track

Daily Racing

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Daily Entries, Results & Post-Times of horses which trained in Aiken and are now racing in the various racetracks troughout the country.

(coming soon)

News

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Keep up to date with The Aiken Training Track

  • APPEALING HENRY wins at Aqueduct
    12/02/2017

    APPEALING HENRY (Successful Appeal)  broke his maiden at Aqueduct this past spring, had some time away and today won for the second time making it two in a row. He came from just off the pace, briefly lost the lead but persevered to hit the wire first by 1 1/4. The NY bred gelding  is a homebred for  Copper Penny Stables and is trained by Gary P. Gullo.

  • MIKE KEOGH gets 2yo winner in 2nd start
    11/27/2017

    2-year-old gelding WANDOFUHR had no trouble wiring the field and drawing off to win by 4 1/2 lengths in his second start for owner/breeder Gustav Schickedanz. He raced 7 furlongs on the All Weather track at Woodbine. Still another graduate trained by Mike Keogh and from the Aiken Training Track.

  • CAUGHT DREAM'N now stakes placed - misses by a head
    11/27/2017

    2-year-old Blame filly CAUGHT DREAM'N won second time out for trainer Phil Schoenthal and owner/breeders  Dark Hollow Farm, D. Brown, Mr. & Mrs. D. Schwaber & Mr. & Mrs. A. Davidov. Starting back in stakes company in the Smart Halo S, at Laurel she swung 7 wide to run second by a head in what was truly a winning effort. 

    She is still another example of a win right off the Aiken Training Track and then on to add black type.

  • 2yo ALLIANNA graduates at Del Mar in her second start
    11/27/2017

    Two-year-old Flat Out filly  ALLIANNA graduated in very professional fashion in a MSW at Del Mar. Racing 6 furlongs in her second start, she stalked between horses and cleared the field for the win. Her early preparation took place on the Aiken Training Track with Cary Frommer. She was then offered this spring at Timonium and sold for $200,000. The filly is owned by Rockingham Ranch and trained by  Peter Miller. She was bred by H. Allen Poindexter

  • LAUREL PARK CARD SPICED BY SC RESIDENCY RACES
    11/25/2017

    Courtesy of the Racing Biz
    by Frank Vespe

  • STILL HAVING FUN wins first out
    11/19/2017

    STILL HAVING FUN (Old Fashioned) had little trouble winning his first start. Going 6 furlongs at Laurel, the 3-year-old bumped the gate but recovered to make a bold move for the win in his first start. The colt is trained by Timothy L. Keefe and is owned by Terp Racing LLC.He was prepared by Cary Frommer at the Aiken Training Track and sold as a 2yo at Timonium.

  • 2yo LARKWOOD graduates at Woodbine for Mike Keogh
    11/11/2017

    Started and conditioned at the Aiken Training Track by Mike Keogh, 2-year-old Langfuhr filly LARKWOOD went to the lead by the 1/2 mile pole and went on to graduate by an easy hand ridden length.  This was her second start and she was third first out.   LARKWOOD is a Gustav Schickedanz homebred.

  • TIKI BAR LOGIC wins by 24 lengths at Santa Anita!
    10/17/2017

    3-year-old filly TIKI BAR LOGIC (Shackleford) was prepared at the Aiken Training Track and sold by Cary Frommer in March at OBS for $110,000 to trainer Michael Machowsky and owners Jeff Drown, Ernie Marchowsky, Ken Shaw and Robert Traynor. It took her a few tries, but when she was ready to go to the winner's circle she did it with a wire to wire 24 length victory at Santa Anita!  
     

  • CAUGHT DREAM'N wins right off the Aiken Training Track
    10/17/2017

    2-year-old Blame filly CAUGHT DREAM'N wins second time out for trainer Phil Schoenthal and owner/breeders  Dark Hollow Farm, D. Brown, Mr. & Mrs. D. Schwaber & Mr. & Mrs. A. Davidov. She went off the favorite going 6 furlongs at Laurel and had little trouble forcing the pace three wide and then clearing the field by two lengths. She is still another example of a win right off the Aiken Training Track.

  • PRINCESS WARRIOR adds G1 BlackType second time out
    10/07/2017

    Princess Warrior (Midshipman) broke her maiden last month at Churchill Downs and stepped up today into the G1 Darley Alcibiades Stakes. She came outside and ran down all but the winner to annex G1 black-type to her pedigree. She is owned by Evan Trommer,  Matthew Trommer and  Andrew Trommer and was bred by George M. Veloudis Jr. The 2 year old filly was prepared and sold by Cary Frommer at the 2017  Midlantic Two Year Olds in Training  Sale. She was started and conditioned for sale at the Aiken Training Track.

  • Fri-Sat 3 winning grads from the Aiken Training Track from Arlington to Churchill
    09/17/2017

    2 year old filly PRINCESS WARRIOR (Midshipman - Sessa), stalked the pace early from  the inside and then moved off the rail for the stretch run. She  drew off to graduate by 1 1/2 lengths going 6 furlongs on the dirt at Churchill Downs in her first start. She is owned by Evan, Mathew & Andrew Trommer and was bred by George M. Veloudis (KY). The bay filly is trained by Ken McPeek. She was sold by Cary Frommer this spring at Timonium for $60,000

    Additional  winners were Tizkismet at Arlington for Never Better Stables and John Padden and trainer Brendan P. Walsh. Also  AJs Posse who broke his maiden at the same track for owner Mike Anderson Racing LLC and trainer David R. Reid

  • 2 MORE WINNERS FROM AIKEN
    08/19/2017
  • MIKE KEOGH gets a nice allowance winner at Woodbine
    08/20/2017

    Racing 6 furlongs on the turf at Woodbine, CITY BOY (City Zip) stalked the pace and then swung out to dig in and duel to clear the field and hold on for the win by a head. The 3 year old gedling is owned by  Gustav Schickedanz and D, Howard and was bred by Gustav Schickedanz. He has been ulta consistent with 2 wins, 2 seconds and a 3rd in 6 starts and has earned over $96,000. 

  • AIKEN PINHOOKER CARY FROMMER BUYS HIP 32 AT FT SARATOGA
    08/09/2017

    Cary Frommer and her busines partner selected this attractive bay filly by TALE OF THE CAT to resell as a two year old in training. She will ship to Aiken soon to start learning to be a race horse.

  • ANOTHER AIKEN TO SARATOGA
    08/09/2017

    ORNAMENTAL IRON (Flat Out), conditioned in Aiken by Cary Frommer, and trained in NY by Chad Summers, had her first outing in the 6th race at Saratoga (5 1/2 furlongs on the dirt) running hard, but going wide against some stiff competition. The 2 year old filly is owned by the Hamlin Family and Poindexter Thoroughbreds.....watch for her next time

  • AIKEN TO SARATOGA
    08/09/2017

    The 11th race at Saratoga on Sunday hosted 2 horses related to Aiken. Dogwood's STEAMBOAT BILL (trained by Legacy) won the 1 1/16 turf race (nice to see the Dogwood silks back in the winner circle), and a nice 4th for Biz Carey's (Check Mark Stable) OTTO....

  • Cot Campbell's equine namesake wins in South Africa
    08/02/2017

    "Cot Campbell" seen here are a yearling, is a son of G1 stakes winner TRIPPI who is currently the leading sire in South Africa. TRIPPI was campainged by Dogwood and was prepared for racing  on the Aiken Training Track

  • Aiken's DOGWOOD STABLE silks once more in the Saratoga Paddock
    08/03/2017

    Great to see Aiken's DOGWOOD STABLE silks again in the Saratoga Paddock & on the track.THE BERBER, a 2 old colt by Friesan Fire finished 2nd in 5 1/2 furlong dirt maiden claiming race. Gary Contessa is the trainer & Paco Lopez was in the irons. He finished a good second.

  • Aiken trainee galloping at Saratoga
    08/03/2017

    Mosaic Racing Stable's ELECTRIFIED, conditioned the last few years at the Aiken Training Track by Cary Frommer, gallops on the main track of Saratoga. She is trained by Leah Gyarmati. Local Aiken residents Bill & Wendy Gutfarb, Monica Driver and Barry Bornstein are partners in ELECTRIFIED......




Gallery

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Enjoy some of the images of Aiken.

Events

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You can purchase tickets online 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 and Communigraphics in North Augusta.



History

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In 1941 renowned horsemen Fred H. Post and his son William, came to Aiken to play polo. Aiken was considered at the time (and still is today!) a National polo capital and Aiken's lure as a 'Winter Colony' for wealthy Northerners was well established by that time. The comfortable climate of mild winters and early springs combined with the sandy soil was ideal for the pursuit of a variety of equestrian activities. Post, impressed by the area, decided to construct the Aiken Training Track to condition his flat racers. He found the perfect location along Two Notch Road where his track would be surrounded by established polo fields, quiet dirt roads and within hacking distance of the Hitchcock Woods, which at over 2,000 acres is one of America's largest urban forests.

It didn't take long for the Aiken Training Track to be considered one of the finest training centers in the country when horses trained here started earning their Championship laurels in 1942, starting with Elkridge, a Champion Steeplechaser. Famous horse owners with names like, Greentree, Vanderbilt, Rokeby and Claiborne Farm started sending their horses to Winter in the South under the care of future Hall of Fame trainers Mackenzie (Mack) Miller, John Gaver, William Burch, Woody Stephens and many others.

Since that time 39 Champion Thoroughbreds have been crowned. They are pictured below by the year their title was earned. Thanks to the Aiken Thoroughbred Racing and Hall of Fame Museum for providing all the images and information on this page!


AIKEN TRIALS

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!

Champions

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Below is a list of champions that have trained here. The horse must have won an Eclipse Award (from 1971 to today). This award is voted on by the National Turf Writers Association, Racing Track Officials, and writers/editors from the Daily Racing Form

Elkridge
Elkridge
1942 , 1946 Champion
Steeplechase Horse



Devil Diver
Devil Diver
1943 , 1944 Champion
Handicap Horse



Gallorette
Gallorette
1946 Champion
Handicap Mare



Conniver
Conniver
1948 Champion
Handicap Horse



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Blue Peter
1948 Champion
2 Year Old Male



Capot
Capot
1949 Champion
3 year old Male and
Horse of the Year



Oedipus
Oedipus
1950, 1951, 1952
Champion Steeplechaser



Tom Fool
Tom Fool
1951 Champion
2 Year Old Male and
1953 Horse of the Year



Tea Maker
Tea Maker
1952 Champion
2 Year Old Male



Neji
Neji
1955, 1957, 1958
Champion Steeplechaser



Kelso
Kelso
1960 Champion
3 Year Old Male and
1961, 1962, 1963,
1964 Champion
Handicap Horse
and Horse of the Year



Barnaby's Bluff
Barnaby's Bluff
1962 Champion Steeplechaser



Lamb Chop
Lamb Chop
1963 Champion 3 Year Old Female



Assagi
Assagai
1966 Champion Turf Horse



Open Fire
Open Fire
1966 Champion Handicap Female



Hawaii
Hawaii
1966 Champion
2 Year Old
1967 Champion
3 Year Old and
1968 Champion
Turf Horse



Gamely
Gamely
1967 Champion
3 Year Old Filly
1968, 1969 Champion
Handicap Mare



Quick Pitch
Quick Pitch
1967 Champion Steeplechaser



Stage Door Johnny
Stage Door Johnny
1968 Champion
3 Year Old Male



Politely
Politely
1968 Champion
Handicap Female



Shuvee
Shuvee
1970, 1971 Champion
Handicap Horse



Snow Knight
Snow Knight
1975 Champion
Turf Horse



Sensational
Sensational
1976 Champion
2 Year Old Female



Candy Eclair
Candy Éclair
1978 Champion
2 Year Old Female



Late Bloomer
Late Bloomer
1978 Champion
Handicap Female



Bowl Game
Bowl Game
1979 Champion
Male Turf Horse
Smart Angle
Smart Angle
1979 Champion
2 Year Old Female



Heavenly Cause
Heavenly Cause
1980 Champion
2 Year Old Female



De La Rose
De La Rose
1981 Champion
Turf Female



Relaxing
Relaxing
1981 Champion
Handicap Female



Pleasant Colony
Pleasant Colony
1981 Champion
3 Year Old Male



Conquistador Cielo
Conquistador Cielo
1982 Champion
3 Year Old Male and
Horse of the Year



Christmas Past
Christmas Past
1982 Champion
3 Year Old Female



Swale
Swale
1984 Champion
3 Year Old Male



Forty Niner
Forty Niner
1987 Champion
2 Year Old Male



Pleasant Stage
Pleasant Stage
1991 Champion
2 Year Old Female



Pleasant Tap
Pleasant Tap
1992 Champion
Handicap Male



Storm Song
Storm Song
1996 Champion
2 Year old Female



Darley USA's Midshipman
Midshipman
2008 Champion 2 Year Old Male



Links

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Below is a list of Thoroughbred Industry related links that we hope you will find useful.



Aiken Thoroughbred and Triple Crown Links:
Aiken Thoroughbred Racing and Hall of Fame Museum
Aiken Steeplechase Association (Second leg of the Aiken Triple Crown)
The Aiken Polo Experience (Third leg of the Aiken Triple Crown)
Barry A. Bornstein - Equestrian Images

Local Feed and Tack:
Aiken County Farm Supply - 649-2987

Aieken County Farm Supply

Aiken Saddlery - 649-6583
Banks Mill Feed
Corta-Flx.com
The Saddle Doctor Tack Repair - 642-5166


Local Real Estate Sales and Rental Services:
Meybohm Realtors
Aiken Horse Realty
Coldwell Banker United Realtors
The Carolina Real Estate Company
Fine Property Management




National Industry Information and Businesses:

Glossary of racing terms (courtesy of the Daily Racing Form)
Comprehensive list of North American Racetracks (courtesy of the Daily Racing Form)
Equibase.com (entries, results and workouts)
Equineline.com (pedigrees, race records and portfolio services)
BRISnet.com (pedigrees, research and bloodstock services)
Equicizer.com (mechanical exercise horse for training and therapy)

National Organizations:
Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA)
South Carolina Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (SCTOBA)
National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA)
The Jockey Club

Thoroughbred Sales Companies:
Fasig Tipton Company, Inc.
Keeneland
Ocala Breeders Sales Company



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Carriage House Inn
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(803) 644-5888
www.aikencarriagehouse.com
Clarion Inn
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155 Colony Parkway
(803) 648-0999
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Hampton Inn
100 Tamil Drive
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Hilton Garden Inn
350 Eastgate Drive
(803) 641-4220
Fairfield Inn and Suites
185 Colony Parkway
(803) 648-7808
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The Inn at Houndslake
897 Houndslake Drive
(803) 648-9535
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Holiday Inn Express & Suites
2897 Whiskey Road
(803) 508-7700
Website

Rose Hill Estate and The Stables Restaurant
221 Greenville Street, NW
(803) 648-1181
www.rosehillestate.com

Rose Hill and The Stables Restaurant
Holiday Inn nd Suites

2897 Whiskey Rd
 (803) 508-7700


Website


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Willcox Inn

Contact

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Contact Info

  • Aiken Training Track
  • 538 Two Notch Rd
  • Aiken, SC 29801

  • Mailing Address:
  • P.O. Box 656
  • Aiken, SC 29802

  • Office hours:
  • 803-648-4631
  • 8am - 2pm
  • Mon, Weds & Fri
  • aikentt@bellsouth.net

Officers

President:
Cary Frommer

Vice President:
Alice Knowles

Secretary:
Paul Simons

Treasurer:
Chad Ingram

Track Staff

Track Secretary:
Heather Steinbeck
aikentt@bellsouth.net

Track Manager:
Darryl Holloway
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