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81st Running of the Aiken Trials
Saturday, March 16, 2024
10:00am - 05:00pm

Beginning in 1942, the Aiken Trials has given young horses in training the enlightening opportunity to experience every aspect of live racing. This has become a time-honored tradition as the first leg of Aiken's Triple crown, held annually for three consecutive Saturdays in March. The Aiken Steeplechase and Pacers & Polo make up the other two events.

The Aiken Trials draws upwards of 10000 spectators who enjoy a day of family fun that includes tailgating, vendors and competitive racing.

We are anticipating five races on the program consisting of four races for two-year-olds and maidens (horses that may have started in a race, but have never won), running a 1/4 mile to 4 1/2 furlongs, and one race for older horses that have already won. As in the past several years, Pony races will also be featured.

The jockeys typically 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!

Please join us for the 81sth Running of the Aiken Trials! See you there, rain or shine!
The Aiken Training Track
538 Two Notch Rd SE

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