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!

You can also 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.

Schedule of Events
  • Gates open at 10:00 am
  • Vendors and concessions open at 11:00 am
  • Tent party starts at 11:00 am
  • Opening Ceremonies and Carriage Parade begins at 1:00 pm
  • Races start at 2:00 pm

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Established In 1941, the Aiken Training Track has had 41 Thoroughbred Champions call this place home at one time or another. Steeped in history and charm and seasoned with a great deal of character, the Aiken Training Track invites you to consider our facility for your Thoroughbreds training pleasure. Barns and stalls are available for lease, contact us to inquire.

The Facility

The Aiken Training Track can't compete with the more modern training centers in the South East, but that's okay, we're not trying to compete with them. While we recognize the attraction the larger training facilities hold for many horsemen, we value the history and mesmerizing charm our facility has held for over 65 years.

The Aiken Training Track is a privately owned facility and though some of the trainers stabled here are private, many are independent contractors who welcome new clients.

So if you're looking for a quiet place to start your yearlings or give an older horse some well earned down time or a quick tune up to get them back to the races, the Aiken Training Track has everything you need to get the job done.

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Our Features

Track Features

A red clay base, sandy loam cushioned mile track, with excellent drainage

A 5/8 sand track built around what may be the countries oldest known polo field


A brand new 59 stall barn

A United Puett 6 stall starting gate

Pockets Track Kitchen

A tack repair shop is on the premises

Manure pick up service

Manure pick up service

Numerous local tack and feed stores

A myriad of dirt roads and grassy fields that are ideal for hacking

Access to turf course

Located in close proximity to Aiken's famous Hitchcock Woods

Our Trainers

Photos by Barry A. Bornstein


The Aiken Training Track is open year round and offers seasonal rates. They are as follows.

Winter Season October 1st - May 31st:

Track useage fee: $200 per horse, per month

Stall rent $7 per day. Stall rent includes manure removal. Limited paddock space.

Summer Season June 1st - September 30th

Track useage fee: $200 per horse, per month

Stall rent $7 per day. Stall rent includes manure removal and utilities. Limited paddock space.



In 1941, renowned horsemen Fred H. Post and his son, William, came to Aiken to play polo. Aiken was considered at the time a National polo capital and still is today! 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 contract 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 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 began earring their Championship laurels in 1942, starting with Eldridge, a Champion Steeplechaser.

Famous horse owners with names like Greentree, Vanderbilt, Rokeby and Clairborne 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, Buddy Raines, WC Freeman and many others. Since that time 40 Champion Thoroughbreds have been crowned.



Help support the Aiken Training Track by purchasing some cool products via PayPal, the internet's most trusted financial transaction service (you do not need a paypal account to make a payment with a credit card)!

These products are also available for purchase in our office on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10:00 - 2:00 pm.

Pullover Windbreaker - Dark green, v-neck, drawstring and left side zippered hem. Aiken Training Track emblem on left front. Manufactured by Sport-Tek of Port Authority. Made of 100% polyester with jersey knit lining. Machine wash cold, tumble dry low.

Sizes S, M, L, XL, 2X $40.00

Pique Golf Shirt - Khaki Heather, 3 button placket and 3 inch side vents at hem. Aiken Training Track emblem on left front. Manufactured by Port Authority.100% Cotton, machine wash cold, tumble dry low. Sizes S, M, L, XL, 2X $30.00

Tagless Tee Shirt - Dark green, by Hanes w/Aiken Training Track logo embossed on front and running horses on back. 100% Cotton. Sizes S, M, L, XL, 2X $15.00

Dark Green Koozie imprinted with Aiken Training Track on sides and bottom. $2.00

Lightweight Baseball Cap - Tan, adjustable headband. Low Profile. Aiken Training Track emblem embroidered on front. $15.00

Cut out Horse Head Aluminum Key Chain imprinted with Aiken Training Track. Red, Blue, Green and Black $2.00

Polyurethane Wrist Band embossed with Aiken Training Track. Red, Blue, Green and Yellow $1.00

Get in touch

To send us a message or just to say hello, please complete the form bellow or contact us via details listed on the left. We'll get back to you asap. Unless it's a weekend.

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


Brad Stauffer

Vice President:
Tim Jones

William Tucker

Nikki Bargeloh

Track Staff

Track Secretary:
Nikki Bargeloh

Track Manager:
Darryl Holloway
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Below is a list of champions that have trained here

Barnaby’s Bluff
Blue Peter
Bowl Game
Candy Éclair
Christmas Past
Conquistador Cielo
De La Rose
Devil Diver
Forty Niner
Heavenly Cause
Lamb Chop

Late Bloomer
Open Fire
Pleasant Colony
Pleasant Stage
Pleasant Tap
Quick Pitch
Smart Angle
Snow Knight
Stage Door Johnny
Storm Song
Tea Maker
Tom Fool