HISTORY

Old Aiken Trials postcard
Tom Fool
Kelso
Shuvee

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!

Clicking on an image below will download their race statistics. (Files are in PDF format requiring Adobe Acrobat Reader. Don't have it? Click here to download it for free.)

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