10am: Gates Open
11:30: Opening Ceremony
First Race at Noon

History of the 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. The Aiken Steeplechase and Pacers & Polo make up the other two events.

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.

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!

5 Thoroughbred Races, Pony Races, and more!

Vendor Village, Food Trucks, Hat Contest (no entry fee)

Tailgate Contest ($5 fee, all proceeds will be donated to F.O.T.A.S. – Friends of the Animal Shelter, Aiken SC.)

724 Two Notch Road
Southeast Aiken, SC 29801

Ticket Information

General admission tickets/parking passes are now on sale for the Aiken Trials.

Everyone age 6 years and older must have a valid admission ticket.

Ticket Pricing

General Admission Tickets

$25  available in advance and at the gate


General Admission Parking

$20 in advance or at the gate

Purchase Your Tickets

In Person:

Aiken Training Track Office, 538 Two Notch Road, mornings 9:00 am – 12:00 pm (office accepts cash, check, or credit card)  CREDIT CARD PAYMENTS WILL INCUR A PROCESSING FEE.


By Phone:

(803) 648-4631



Aiken County Visitors Center  133 Laurens Street NW, Aiken

Aiken Saddlery  1090 East Pine Log Road, Aiken

Unique Expressions  1521 Whiskey Road, Aiken (in the Mitchell Shopping Center)

Odell Weeks Activity Center, 1700 Whiskey Road

Aiken Visitor Center & Train Museum, 406 Park Avenue



More information at AikenTrainingTrack.com

Tent Permits

This is a rain-or-shine event. Be sure to purchase a Tent Permit so you’re prepared whatever the weather. Permits may be purchased in the Track Office for $20.

Tent Policy

Tent Permit includes 1 additional General Admission Parking pass for your vehicle.
Tent and vehicle may NOT occupy the same spot.
You must provide your own 10’ x 10’ or smaller tent and properly secure it to the ground.
Tents in the Clocker Stand Patron area may be no wider than 8′.
Tent Permit must hang visibly from your tent at all times.
All tents will be inspected for permits and properly secured installation in the interest of safety for our attendees and horses.
No sidewalls are permitted on the rail in order to maintain a fair view of the track.



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