March 18th, 2017

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Aiken Trials

Aiken Trials is proud to celebrate 75 years! Begun in 1942 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.

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!

Schedule of Events

  • Gates open at 10 am
  • Vendors & Concessions open at 11 am
  • Tent party starts at 11 am
  • Opening Ceremonies 1 pm
  • Carriage Parade 1pm
  • Races start at 2pm

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