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If you are looking for a quiet place to start your yearlings, give an older horse some well earned down time, or need a quick tune up to get a horse back to the races, the Aiken Training Track has everything you need to get the job done safely and well. It is the perfect place for man and beast to spend the winter.

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- "Train Here, Win Anywhere"

The Aiken Training Track has the facilities, the staff, and the weather to make it excel as a place to break yearlings, rest an older or or bring a horse back to the race track. The climate needs to be stressed, it is mild but has necessary cold snaps, short in time but important to the health and development of young and old horses alike.

  • A one- mile red clay base, sandy loam cushioned track, with excellent drainage.
  • A 5/8 sand track built around one of the country's oldest known polo fields
  • Access to turf course
  • In field turf gallop
  • Newly constructed courtyard barn
  • A United Puett 6 stall starting gate
  • Pocket's Track Kitchen
  • A tack repair shop on the premises
  • State of the art veterinary care is available, including Nuclear Scintigraphy, MRI's, Gastroscopes, Orthoscopic and upper airway surgery.
  • Manure Pickup
  • Numerous local tack and feed stores
  • Miles of dirt roads and grassy fields that are ideal for hacking
  • Located in close proximity to Aiken's famous Hitchcock Woods.
  • Contact us today to find out what we have to offer, our rates and perhaps a personal tour. We look forward to showing you why the Aiken Training Track is clearly a unique place to discover all over again.
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  • HENLEY'S JOY romps in the Pulpit S at Gulfstream
    12/09/2018

    Courtesy of the TDN
    HENLEY'S JOY  opened his career with a win over the Ellis Park turf July 21 and added the Sept. 1 Kentucky Downs Juvenile S. to his resume before just being nosed out of the win when second in the Oct. 7 GIII Bourbon S. He was getting a class break here after finishing a well-beaten 13th in the Nov. 2 GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf. The chestnut colt raced along the rail and was part of a four-way second flight chasing the early lead. He powered up to challenge pacesetting Life Mission turning for home and turned back that foe in upper stretch before striding clear as a much-the-best winner. 

    "His last race in the Breeder's Cup Juvenile Turf, he didn't care for the soft going at all at Churchill Downs, so we figured we'd give him a confidence builder here," winning trainer Mike Maker said. "The day after that race, he acted as if he hadn't run at all, so instead of giving him rest, we decided to give him some confidence and run him here." 

  • CALL ME KAYLA graduates 2nd time out
    12/07/2018

    CALL ME KAYLA (Quality Road) overcame a solid bump at the start, found room and the rail and burst through and went on to win by a length and a quarter. She raced a mile on the turf at Gulfstream. The three-year-old filly is owned by Three Diamonds and trained by Mike Maker.



  • HAYDEN'S HAVOC sprints to a win at Del Mar in his second start
    11/17/2018

    2-year-old colt, HAYDEN'S HAVOC (Jimmy Creed) dueled early but prevailed to win 2nd time out and with a 99 Eqiuibase figure.  He is trained by Peter Miller for owner Rockingham Ranch. Keep an eye on this one.

  • HYMN TO INANNA fights for win #3
    11/05/2018

    HYMN TO INANNA has not been off the board in any of her six starts. Today racing six furlongs on the dirt at Churchill,  she was tenacious in a long duel to the wire and got her nose on the wire first. The three-year-old filly is owned by Albert and Heather Tutor and trained by David Vance.

  • MUCH CLASS wins in allowance company at Delta Downs
    10/29/2018

    MUCH CLASS (Midshipman) has only been off the board once in 6 starts. Today the 3 year old gelding won in allowance company at Delta Downs going a mile on the dirt. He wore down a foe to win by 1/2 a length. He is owned by  Alejandrino Prieto and trained by  Jose M. Camejo. His breeders are : H. Allen Poindexter, Ruth Poindexter, Veronica Hopkins & Robert Stubbs

  • GOREN graduates in a MSW at Santa Anita
    10/28/2018

    3-year-old GOREN (More Than Ready) powered to a 4 1/2 length graduation racing 6 1/2 furlongs on the dirt. He was a $1,100,000 2 year old sale at Fasig Tipton Gulfstream. He is owed by OXO Equine LLC  and trained by  Jerry Hollendorfer

  • MY STAR POTENTIAL wins the Maryland Lassie S
    10/21/2018

    MY STAR POTENTIAL (Tritap) bred and consigned for sale by Cary led every step of the way to win the Maryland Lassie S. at Laurel to earn her first black-type and get Cary breeding program off to a FAST start. The bump at the start was no deterrent.  The 2-year-old won her first start for her owner Euro Stable and trainer Claudio A. Gonzalez. Sprinting 4 furlongs at Timonium, she pressed the pace and then cleared for the win. My Star Potential, who raced in the Aiken Trials in March, sold for $50,000 after working a furlong over this Timonium track in :10 1/5 at this year’s Fasig-Tipton Midlantic May Sale

  • 2 yo DISCREET DIVA graduates at Santa Anita
    10/20/2018

    Sold by Cary this May at Timonium, DISCREET DIVA (Discreet Cat) found her third start to be the charm and took the lead after a brief time stalking in second and went on to win by a clear 5 1/4 lengths. DISCREET DIVA found a mile on the turf quite to her liking. She is owned by  Stuart Tsujimoto and is trained Vann Belvoir..

  • MEAD HALL graduates in a MSW at PARX for Glenn Thomson
    10/17/2018

    MEAD HALL (El Padrino) broke is maiden yesterday at the PARX in a MSW at a mile. He pressed the pace in second, then cleared and held the win safe to win by 1/2 a length. The 3 year old gelding is owned and trained by Glenn Thompson and got his start at the Aiken Training Track.

     

     
  • Two year old JENNIFER'S DREAM wins first out
    10/12/2018

    Two-year-old JENNIFER'S DREAM (Medaglia d'Oro) made her first start a winning one racing a mile on the dirt at Laurel. She was always in contention and eventually floated out 4 wide to gain the lead and win by 3/4 of a length. The filly is special to Cary as she started, trained and sold her dam, millionaire and multiple graded stakes winner JOYFUL VICTORY. JENNIFER'S DREAM  is trained by John C. Servis for owner Cash is King LLC . She was sold by Cary Frommer for $220,000 at Timonium this spring.
     

  • MAXIMUS MISCHIEF - REMEBER THAT NAME!
    09/30/2018

    MAXIMUS MISCHIEF (Into Mischief) was consigned and sold by Cary Frommer at Timonium this past spring. Making his first start sprinting at PARX he blew out of the gate and widened the lead at every post until he won (under wraps) by almost 9 lengths. The 2-year-old colt is owned by Cash is King LLC and LC Racing LLC  and trained by Robert E. Reid, Jr. KEEP AN EYE ON THIS ONE!

  • KILLYBEGS CAPTAIN captures allowance at Belmont
    09/20/2018

    OBS April 2016 $75,000 sales grad KILLYBEGS CAPTAIN (Mizzenmast) came up the outside to capture a 6 furlong allowance race at Belmont. He was bred by Allen Poindexter and is owned by Curragh Stables and trained by  John P. Terranova. He earned his highest Eequibase figure yet of 105 and upped his earnings over $159,000.

  • GAME MSW WIN FOR FACTRESS
    09/14/2018

    Congrats to the connections of Factress for her game win!! Got headed and fought back to win by a length! An exciting win for owner  JRita Young Thoroughbreds LLC  and excellent training by Ron Moquett. The 2 year old filly was bred by Wynnstay LLC. She got her start on the Aiken Training Track.

  • PRINCESS WARRIOR adds black type at KY DOWNS
    09/14/2018

    Congrats to the connections of Princess Warrior who closed for second in the $300k added Dueling Grounds Oaks !Multiple graded stakes-placed  PRINCESS WARRIOR added to her pedigree at Kentucky Downs, coming from well off the pace and closing willingly to be second in the Fifth Third Insurance Dueling Grounds Oaks. She has bankrolled $267,941 for owners  Evan, Mathew and Andrew  Trommer. Last month she was third in the G3 Pucker Up S at Arlington Park.

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  • 2 yo MY STAR POTENTIAL wins 1st out
    09/03/2018

     MY STAR POTENTIAL (Tritap) bred and consigned for sale by Cary won her first start for her owner Euro Stable  and trainer Claudio A. Gonzalez. Sprinting 4 furlongs at Timonium, she pressed the pace and then cleared for the win. My Star Potential, who raced in the Aiken Trials in March, sold for $50,000 after working a furlong over this Timonium track in :10 1/5 at this year’s Fasig-Tipton Midlantic May Sale

  • 2 yo HARTELL placed in the Del Mar Juvenile Turf Stakes
    09/03/2018

    2-year-old HARTELL (city Zip)  became the 6th two-year-old stakes horse for the Frommer Barn in Aiken. Returning in stakes company  after his maiden win, HARTELL ran in tight quarters in the Del Mar Juvenile Turf Stakes but held for the place.  He is owned by  Rockingham Ranch and trained by Peter Miller.

  • HENLEY'S JOY takes the Kentucky Downs Juvenile S
    09/02/2018

    HENLEY'S JOY (Kitten's Joy) is a perfect 2 for 2 coming from off the pace in the 1 mile Kentucky Downs Juvenile S and prevailing after a fierce stretch battle. Trained by Mike Maker and owned by Bloom Racing Stable, the colt was started on the Aiken Training Track and consigned by Cary Frommer at OBS April. So far everyone who has touched him has made money - especially Bloom Racing as the colt has already earned over 1/4 a million. HENLEY'S JOY was bred by the Ramseys.

    AI was anxious the whole way down the stretch, but Mike [Maker] had this horse just primed and ready and he showed what he=s made of," said winning owner Jeff Bloom, who captured this same race last year with Snapper Sinclair (City Zip). "It doesn't get old, I=ll tell you that much. I love this race." Winning rider Tyler Gaffalione added, "What a professional race he put in today. All the credit goes to Mike and his team having him ready for this race. He broke alertly. I think it was the addition of blinkers that put him more forwardly placed. When I asked him for run, he moved up a tight spot on the rail and fought on hard. He could be anything. He's really special. I'm looking forward to getting on him again."

  • WOODBRIDGE takes allowance at Woodbine
    09/02/2018

    Winner of the CITY OF AIKEN at the TRIALS and multiple stakes-placed WOODBRIDGE (Langfuhr) won a salty allowance race at  Woodbine going 1 1/8 on the turf. He just got his head in front at the wire, The earner of over $152,000 is owned by Gustav Schickedanz and D. Howard and bred by Gustav Schickedanz. He was started and has been wintered at the Aiken Training Track.

     

  • FIRST MONDAYS by CURLIN adds G3 black-type in his 3rd start
    08/26/2018

    FIRST MONDAYS (Curlin) topped the 2016 FasigTipton Midlantic Fall Yearlings sale when Chuck Zacney signed the ticket at $450,000. He won his first 2 starts and today ran greenly but still added G3 black-type in the Smarty Jones at PARX. He was prepped for sale as a yearling in Aiken and then returned to prepare for his racing career. The colt is owned by -Glenangus Farm LLC, is trained by John Servis and was bred by Dr. & Mrs. Thomas Bowman & Milton P. Higgins III (MD) Lifetime Record: 2-2-0-3, $80,400

  • EISENSTAEDT makes it 2 in a row
    08/26/2018

    EISENSTAEDT (To Honor and Serve) graduated in a MSW going a mile on the dirt at Ellis Park. Having found the way to the winner's circle, he followed the same path to his second win in a row - this one his first allowance condition.  He was a 2017 grad from the Fasig Tipton Midantic Two Year Old in Training Sale consigned by Cary Frommer. He was started and prepared for sale on the Aiken Training Track. EISENSTAEDT is trained by Ron Moquett for  Southern Springs Stables . He was bred by Wynnstay LLC & Allen Poindexter

  • BARATTI takes the Preston Madden at Indiana Grand
    08/25/2018

    Started at the Aiken Training Track by Tim Jones for Darley, BARATTI (Medaglia d'Oro) has won world-wide - at Meydan, but most recently he took the Preston Madden Stakes at Indiana Grand for trainer John Alexander Ortiz and owners  Hooties Racing LLC, WSS Consulting LLC and Brent Gasaway. He made a move from off the pace and surged to the lead to just prevail by a head. He has bankrolled close to $200,000. 

  • DECORATED SOLDIER wins Seagrram Cup G3 at Woodbine
    08/25/2018

    Last out DECORATED SOLDIER (Proud Citizen) showed he was sharp winning in allowance company. He followed up with a wire to wire win  in the Seagram Cup G3 over the all-weather track at Woodbine,  He had slipped into the claiming ranks, but was claimed earlier this spring by his current connections, trainer Norman McKnight and owner Racer's Edge, Inc. and Maxis Stable. A stakes winner as a 3-year-old he has re-blossomed at 5. DECORATED SOLDIER had his first lessons and conditioning with Legacy at the Aiken Training Track.

  • 2 yo CONCRETE ROSE wins at Saratoga 1st out
    08/25/2018

    Two-year-old filly CONCRETE ROSE(Twirling Candy) was impressive winning her first start. where it counts - Saratoga. She raced off the pace and then in mid-pack until swung out 5 wide for racing room. She took off  - as the chart says "eagerly" - and went on to score by almost 2 lengths. CONCRETE ROSE was selected by David Ingordo for owner Ashbrook Farm and trainer Rusty Arnold. She got all her early training at the Aiken Training Track with Justin Wojczynski and sold with his White Pine consignment at Timonium.

  • ALCHEMY IN AIKEN
    08/21/2018

    ALCHEMY IN AIKEN - click image - to read the article on Cary Frommer and the Aiken Training Track - pages 42 and 43


     

  • SARATOGA: Aiken's Cot Campbell inducted into the Racing Hall of Fame
    08/14/2018

    Courtesy of the Aiken Standard
     

  • FROMMER BARN HORSES WERE BUSY!
    08/13/2018

    Congrats to the connections of Kauai for his 3rd place finish in the Iowa Cradle Stakes!!

    Congrats to the connections of Glitzy Lady for her 2nd place finish in the Iowa Oaks!!

    Congrats to the connections of Princess Warrior for her strong closing 3rd in the G3 Pucker Up Stakes at Arlington!!

    Congrats to the connections of Great Adventurer and Hymn to Inanna for their wins at Monmouth and Ellis!!

    Congrats to the connections of Hartel after breaking his maiden in style at Del Mar today!!!

  • VIEWFINDER takes WOODBINE MSW
    08/13/2018

    VIEWFINDER, trained by Michael Keogh and owned by Gustav Schickedanz, came from off the pace and swept to the lead to win going away by over 4 lengths. The three-year-old Langfuhr gelding has been knocking on the door and has already earned over $57,000. He raced 1 1/16 on the Woodbine turf.

  • PRINCESS WARRIOR 3rd in the Pucker Up Stakes (Gr. 3)
    08/12/2018

    Multiple Graded Stakes Placed PRINCESS WARRIOR came charging from far off the pace to grab the show position in the Pucker Up Stakes (Gr. 3) at Arlington Park followin a strong Ellis Park allowance win. She pushed her earnings over $219,000 for her owners Evan, Mathew and Andrew Trommer. Last year as a 2-year-old the filly ran 2nd in the Darley Alcibiades Stakes (Gr. 1) at Keeneland and this year she was 3rd in the Gulfstream Park Oaks (Gr. 2).

  • AIKEN REPRESENTED IN THE SARATOGA WINNER'S CIRCLE
    08/04/2018

    5-year-old gelding EXULTING was started and trained on the Aiken Training rack by Tim Jones for Darley. Today at Saratoga despite an eventful trip he won by almost 2 lengths in allowance company racing 1 1/8th miles on the dirt. It was his third win. The race had been originally scheduled for the turf but days of rain took care of that idea. EXULTING is owned by  Godolphin Racing, LLC and trained by  Kiaran P. McLaughlin. He was a $500,000 yearling purchase.

     

  • 2 EXCITING WINNERS
    07/30/2018

    Courtesy of the TDN

    GULFSTREAM: FIRST MONDAYS - trained on the Aiken Training Track
     $43,500, Alw (NW1X)/Opt. Clm ($16,000), 7-29, 3yo/up, 1m, 1:37.12, gd. 
    FIRST MONDAYS (c, 3, Curlin--Formalities Aside, by Awesome Again) came home 3 3/4 lengths in front in his six-furlong debut at this oval June 28. The 2-1 favorite rated off the pace behind fractions of :23.95 and :46.57. He surged between foes in upper stretch and reported home a 1 3/4-length winner. Quenane (Algorithms) was second. 

    First Mondays topped the 2016 FasigTipton Midlantic Fall Yearlings sale when Chuck Zacney signed the ticket at $450,000. He is a half-brother to Awesome Flower (Flower Alley, MSW & MGSP, $556,593). Formalities Aside, a half-sister to G1 Dubai World Cup winner Well Armed (Tiznow), graded stakes winner Witty (Distorted Humor), and to the dam of Grade I winner American Patriot (War Front), produced a colt by Imagining in 2017 and a colt by California Chrome this year.
    Lifetime Record: 2-2-0-0, $47,400. 
    O-Glenangus Farm LLC
    B-Dr. & Mrs. Thomas Bowman & Milton P. Higgins III (MD)
    T-John C. Servis.

    PRAIRIE MEADOWS:  IOWA SKY - trained on the Aiken Training Track
    1st-Prairie Meadows, $43,330, (S), Msw, 7-29, 2yo, 5 1/2f, 1:04.55, ft.
     IOWA SKY (g, 2, Sky Mesa--Rudy's Edge {SW, $198,300}, by Added Edge), dismissed at 14-1, jumped out to the early lead, skipped clear in upper stretch and romped home an 11 1/2- length winner. Favored Red White and Loud (Awesome Patriot) was second. Breeder Allen Poindexter purchased Rudy's Edge for $11,500 at the 2010 ITB August sale and the mare won the 2013 Ricks Memorial S. at Remington Park in his colors. She was bred to Tourist this year.
     Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $25,839. 
    O-Poindexter Thoroughbreds LLC; 
    B-H. Allen Poindexter (IA); 
    T-Lynn Chleborad. 

  • SARATOGA winner SILENCIA is winner #6 in 3 days
    07/24/2018

    Courtesy of the TDN

    SARATOGA: SILENCIA (f, 3, Silent Name {Jpn}--Matinee Express, by Zensational) flashed speed, but finished well up the track when eighth in her Apr. 28 unveiling at Belmont. Allowed to meet the starter after this race originally scheduled for the turf course was rained on to the main track, the gray was given a 4-1 chance and jetted to the front, rattling off a :21.84 quarter-mile. She spun into the stretch with a clear advantage and crossed the wire five lengths ahead of first-timer Adorina (Bernardini). Matinee Express produced a filly by Munnings in 2017 and a filly by Fed Biz this year.
    Lifetime Record: 2-1-0-0, $41,498.
     O/B-Harry Landry & James Hogan (NY)
    T-Charlton Baker.
    SILENCIA has her early training with Cary Frommer at the Aiken Training Track

  • Cary Frommer Grad EISENSTAEDT scores in MSW at Ellis
    07/22/2018

    FIVE WINNERS IN TWO DAYS! EISENSTAEDT (To Honor and Serve) tracked the pace early on the inside then forged to the lead and graduated in a MSW going a mile on the dirt at Ellis Park. He was a 2017 grad from the Fasig Tipton Midantic Two Year Old in Training Sale consigned by Cary Frommer. He was started and prepared for sale on the Aiken Training Track. EISENSTAEDT is trained by Ron Moquett for  Southern Springs Stables . He was bred by Wynnstay LLC & Allen Poindexter

  • 3 MSW winners for the Frommer barn at the Aiken Training Track
    07/22/2018

    2-year-old filly HENLEY'S JOY (Kitten's Joy)  came from off the pace and surged to the lead to win her first start racing a mile on the turf at Ellis Park, She is trained by Mike Maker and was sold by Cary Frommer to Bloom Racing for $50,000 at this April's OBS Two Year Old in Training Sale.

    2-year-old filly SHE'S GOT MOXEY (Trappe Shot)  dueled briefly early and then took over to break her maiden at Fair Meadows,  She is woned by Rick Rogers  and trained by Tim Dixon

    Also winning was 3-year-old filly VISIONS REWARD (Warrior's Reward). She came from well off the pace to hit the wire in front to win a MSW at Prairie Meadows for owner Allen Poindexter. 

     

  • Multiple Graded Stakes Placed PRINCESS WARRIOR takes allowance at Ellis
    07/22/2018

    Multiple Graded Stakes Placed PRINCESS WARRIOR came from off the pace to win in allowance company at Ellis Park racing 1 1/16 on the turf. She pushed her earnings over $200,000 for her owners Evan, Mathew and Andrew Trommer. Last year as a 2-year-old the filly, trained by Ken McPeek  ran 2nd in the Darley Alcibiades Stakes (Gr. 1) at Keeneland and this year she was 3rd in the Gulfstream Park Oaks (Gr. 2).

    PRINCESS WARRIOR was consigned by Cary Frommer and sold to the Trommers at the Midlantic 2-year-old in training sale last year.

  • GRANDPA LEN at 9 still a winner
    07/21/2018

    GRANDPA LEN (Rockport Harbor) was trained at the Aiken Training Track first by Suzy Haslup and then by Brad Stauffer. Yesterday he wired the field at Monmouth to win for the 6th time and up his earnings over $334,000. The nine-year-old has brought racing excitement to a number of different connections over his long 69 start career. He is currently owned by Andrew Sulley and trained by Patricia Farro. GRANDPA LEN brought $150,000  at the 2011 OBS March Selected Two Year Olds in Training Sale. Lifetime record: 69: 6 - 14 - 13

  • WOODBINE: 1 win and 2 seconds on a single card
    07/16/2018

    WEDGEWOOD (Langfuhr) despite being blocked edged clear to win in allowance company going 7 furlongs on the turf, The 3-year-old gelding is a homebred for Gustav Schickedanz. Also racing Mike Keogh was 2-year-old APPELLA (Silent Name (JPN)) who was making her first start. She was jostled at the start but gained the lead and then was nipped had to settle for 2nd. Also checking in second, but by a nose in a MSW was VIEWFINDER (Langfuhr). All were homebreds for Gustav Schickedanz and all came straight from the Iken Traing Track.

  • SILVER SHERIFF wins first out for Mike Keogh
    07/15/2018

    SILVER SHERIFF (Badge of Silver) trained by Mike Keogh got his start at the Aiken Training Track and despite a slow start edged clear late to graduate first out. He raced 6 1/2 furlongs on the turf. The 3-year-old gelding is a homebred for Gustav Schickedanz

     

  • DREAMCALL by Midnight Lute winner of the Iowa Distaff S
    07/20/2018

    Trained on the Aiken Training Track by Legacy,  MSW DREAMCALL has won 3 races in a row including the Jack Bishop Stakes and the Iowa Distaff Stakes both a Prairie Meadows.  She came on with a strong wide rally and won by 4 lengths to up her earnings over $271,000. The 4 year old filly is owned by Mike G Rutherford and trained by Steve Asmussen.

  • FIRST MONDAYS
    07/01/2018
  • FIRST MONDAYS FIRST IN FIRST START
    07/01/2018

    3-year-old colt FIRST MONDAYS (Curlin) was a $450,000 yearling prepped by Cary and then started by her on the Aiken training track. He added another first to his name winning his first out by 3 3/4 lengths. Racing 6 furlongs on the dirt at Gulfstream, he was wide through a half in 46 and then dueled through the stretch before clearing his rival for the win by daylight. The handsome chestnut colt is owned by  Glenangus Farm LLC  and trained by John C. Servis.  He was bred by Dr. & Mrs. Thomas Bowman & Milton P. Higgins III

  • Stakes placed MISS SEA adds allowance win for Mike Keogh
    06/30/2018

    Mutiple stakes placed MISS SEA came from off the pace and scored going 1 1/16 on the Woodbine turf for her trainer  Michael Keogh. The 6-year-old mare is still winning strongly perhaps in part to her winters spent at the Aiken Training Track where she is freshened, has turn out and then is brought back to racing fitness... She is owned by  Kevin Pasher.
     

  • MEOW takes allowance
    06/25/2018

    PA Bred Gio Ponti mare MEOW raced to a win in allowance company at Penn National going a mile and seventy yards on the turf. She overcame breaking in the air and tight quarters to find a seam and get up for the win by a neck. She is owned by M and M Stable  and trained by  Arnaud Delacour. At Aiken, she was conditioned by Legacy Stable/
     

  • SWEET GRASS CREEK sails to an allowance win at Woodbine
    06/25/2018

    Trainer Michael Keogh sent SWEET GRASS CREEK (Wando)  to a determined win in an allowance race at Woodbine going 6 1/2 furlongs on the all-weather surface, The 6-year-old gelding raced off the pace and then closed three wide to clear the field for the win. SWEET GRASS CREEK has earned multiple stakes placing and over $371,000 in earnings. He is a homebred for  Gustav Schickedanz. It is always a pleasure to see this experienced racehorse enjoy some downtime and then eagerly start up his training on the Aiken Training Track. 
     

  • Determined Vision
    06/24/2018
  • DETERMINED VISION now a stakes winner
    06/24/2018

    Started on the Aiken Training Track with Cary Frommer, DETERMINED VISION (Jump Start) wired the field as tenaciously as his name suggests to win the White Oak Fam S sprinting 5 1/2 furlongs on the turf at Laurel.  The 3-year-old gelding broke his maiden a month ago at Pimlico, had a race in the middle and then jumped into the winner's circle in stakes company. He is trained by  Phil Schoenthal for owners D Hatman Thoroughbreds and Kingdom Bloodstock, Inc.

  • Christiana S
    06/21/2018
  • PEACH Of A GAL by CURLIN wins the Christiana S
    06/21/2018

    As a 2 year old, PEACH OF A GAL (Curlin) prepared by Cary Frommer at the Aiken Training Track, graduated with aplomb at Tampa Bay with an easy win by over 4 lengths. At 3 on the Black-Eyed Susan undercard, she added black-type running 3rd in the Hilltop S. Today she became a SW, adding the CHRISTIANA S., at 1 1/16 on the turf to her pedigree page. The filly is a homebred for Glenangus Farm LLC and is trained by Graham Motion.

  • AREA graduates in a MSW at Churchill
    06/18/2018

    AREA (Street Sense) was sold by Cary at Timonium last year. She started early this spring and has never been off the board. Today at Churchill racing 1 1/16 on the dirt in a MSW, she stalked the pace and then blew by for the win and graduation by 3 3/4 lengths. She is oned by Alex and JoAnn Leiblong and trained by  Steven M. Asmussen. She has already bankrolled over $72,000.

  • MUNIFICENT wins 2nd in a row too!
    06/17/2018

    MUNIFICENT (Munnings) was sold by Cary Frommer as a two-year-old at OBS April. 2016. She received her early training at the Aiken Training Track. Last fall she broke her maiden at Laurel and she has not been off the board since including a win in her last outing - that one at Pimlico. Coming back less than a month later, she won her second in a row. She is trained by Trainer: Mary E. Eppler for owner  Flying Pheasant Farm, LLC. Sprinting on the turf at Laurel,  she got the head bob in an extended duel. She is closing on $100,000 in earnings.

  • GET READY now 2 for 2
    06/17/2018

    GET READY (Flat Out) was selected by Cary Frommer and started at the Aiken Training Track. The 3-year-old filly broke her maiden last month and ran back in her first allowance condition to win her 2nd in a row and her second in 2 months! She is an Indiana Bred and did her running at Indiana Grand for owner Maggi Moss and trainer Thomas M. Amoss. She has a veritable roster of breeders including Wynnstay LLC, Greg Baer, Deann Baer, Deuce Greathouse & Kerry Cauthen.

  • Woody Stephens G2
    06/10/2018
  • 3 NEW WINNERS
    05/28/2018

    Three new winners came from the Aiken Training Track under the guidance of Cary Frommer.   DETERMINED VISION (Jump Start) broke his maiden in a MSW at Pimlico for owners D Hatman Thoroughbreds and Kingdom Bloodstock, Inc and trainer Phil Schoenthal. CASA BONITA (Malibu Moon) graduated at Gulfstream for owners  D. J. Stable LLC and Cash is King LLC and John C. Servis Bred by H. Allen Poindexter, she was purchased for $100,000 from Cary at Timonium last May. And finally, stakes-placed BOSSY EM (Street Boss), an OBS April 2016 grad) won her 3rd at Prairie Meadows for trainer  Kelly R. Von Hemel and owner Brian K Hall. She was also bred by  H. Allen Poindexter.

  • Cary gets a bullet work at Timonium with a homebred
    05/15/2018

    Consignor Cary Frommer sent out one of the seven 2-year-olds to share the furlong bullet time of :10 1/5 Tuesday, and while Frommer is known for her pinhooking prowess, hip 144 is a product of the South Carolinian's small broodmare band. 

    By Tritap, the gray Maryland-bred filly is actually a third-generation Frommer-bred. She is out of Cheers Darling (Cuvee), who is a daughter of stakes winner Bragadocious(Salem Drive). 

    "We knew she was very quick," Frommer said of the filly. "We worked her in Aiken and we ran her in the trials. She got kind of annihilated coming out of the gates in Aiken, but she has always been quick. So I knew she would work well, but that [bullet] was surprising."

     The Aiken Trials, which were run Mar. 17, have already produced a first-out 2-year-old winner. Gallanor (Redeemed), who won the first race of the 2018 trials, went on to graduate in her official racetrack debut at Laurel in April. 

    Frommer, based in the historic South Carolina town, said the Trials provide a great foundation for the juveniles. "There are 10,000 to 12,000 people at the Aiken Trials," Frommer said. "The horses have to go in the paddock and they go in the gate and break from the gate. So it's like having a race under their belts. This filly has her gate card and she's ready to go."

     

  • GALLANOR winner of the 2 yo filly race at the Aiken Trials graduates in a MSW at Laurel in her first out
    04/30/2018


    GALLANOR winning the 2-year-old filly race at the Aiken Trials

    2-year-old filly GALLANOR (Redeemed - Noorissun) won the first race at the 2018 Aiken Trials and graduated in a MSW at Laurel a just over a month later in her first start.  She broke a tad slow and had to race 5 wide around the turn, but got her nose on the wire to win by a head. The finishing touches were added by trainer Phil Schoenthal, but she was started and conditioned by Aiken Training Track regulars Crystal Ann & Marcus Ryan, for owner Ron Madden (Jellicoe Creek Farm).

  • FUHR LOVE graduates 1st out within a month of leaving the Aiken Training Track
    04/30/2018

    FUHR LOVE ( Langfuhr - Love Co, by Not for Love) worked on the Aiken Training Track on 3/30, had 2 works on the all-weather track at Woodbine and won her first start for owner/breeder Gustav Schickedanz. She sprinted to a 2 length win going 5 furlongs for her trainer Mike Keogh. Mike brings his string of babies and older horses to winter in Aiken every year. 

  • RIDE THE RAIL
    03/12/2018

     RIDE THE RAIL
    Aiken Training Track
    Sunday March 25, 2018
    11am - 2pm

    Bring your horse and enjoy a jog or gallop on the training track.
    For more information, contact Wendy Gutfarb
    508-265-3055 Or RideTheRailAiken@gmail.com

     

     

    PLEASE VISIT OUR EVENTS PAGE TO DOWNLOAD, READ AND SIGN ALL PAPERWORK

    All materials need to be downloaded and reviewed by participants.

    All applications must be submitted by mail or dropped off at Aiken Training Track office during office hours (M-F 9-12). Proof of Coggins MUST be submitted with application, as well as fee of $50 per horse/rider combination. No rider will be allowed on track without proper completed paperwork. NO EXCEPTIONS.

  • AIKEN TRIALS
    02/12/2018

    CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE

    Tickets are also available at the 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 or at select ticket outlets throughout the CSRA. 

  • AIKEN TRIALS: TICKETS AVAILABLE FEB 12th at 10 AM
    01/21/2018

    Tickets will be available for purchase online, at the Aiken Training Track office, or at select ticket outlets throughout the CSRA.  Office Hours M-F 9am-12pm

  • AIKEN TRIALS: VENDOR APPLICATION AVAILABLE
    01/21/2018

    CLICK HERE FOR VENDORS APPLICATION in PDF FORMAT

  • AIKEN TRIALS: PATRON RESERVATIONS
    01/21/2018
    •  Patron Reservations/tickets to be listed:
      • Are available for payment now! 
      • If you have provided an email address previously, you will receive a code via email that can be used to pay for your spot online. If you have not received this email by Monday, 1/22/18, please contact the Aiken Training Track office at (phone number)
      • If you did NOT provide an email address, your codes will go out via regular mail.  
      • If you prefer, checks can be mailed to or dropped off at the Aiken Training Track office during listed office hours.  
      • Deadlines for payments on Patron spots is February 3rd.  (Make this in BOLD print)
      • Many thanks to our loyal patrons for supporting this event year after year!  




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2019 Aiken Trials March 16, 2019


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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.

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!

 

Events

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CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE

Tickets also available at the Aiken Training Track, Aiken Saddlery, All Star Tents and Events, Odell Weeks, Floyd & Green, Aiken Visitors Center (laurens) and Train Museum (Park Ave) and Communigraphics in North Augusta or at select ticket outlets throughout the CSRA.


History

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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!


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 mile to 4 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!

Champions

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Below is a list of champions that have trained here. The horse must have won an Eclipse Award (from 1971 to today). This award is voted on by the National Turf Writers Association, Racing Track Officials, and writers/editors from the Daily Racing Form

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 clair
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



Links

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Below is a list of Thoroughbred Industry related links that we hope you will find useful.



Aiken Thoroughbred and Triple Crown Links:
Aiken Thoroughbred Racing and Hall of Fame Museum
Aiken Steeplechase Association (Second leg of the Aiken Triple Crown)
The Aiken Polo Experience (Third leg of the Aiken Triple Crown)
Barry A. Bornstein - Equestrian Images

Local Veterinarians:



Southern Equine Service - 644-1544
1258 Banks Mill Rd.
Aiken, SC 29803

Local Feed and Tack:
Aiken County Farm Supply - 649-2987

Aieken County Farm Supply

Aiken Saddlery - 649-6583
Banks Mill Feed
Corta-Flx.com
The Saddle Doctor Tack Repair - 642-5166


Local Real Estate Sales and Rental Services:
Meybohm Realtors
Aiken Horse Realty
Coldwell Banker United Realtors
The Carolina Real Estate Company
Fine Property Management




National Industry Information and Businesses:

Glossary of racing terms (courtesy of the Daily Racing Form)
Comprehensive list of North American Racetracks (courtesy of the Daily Racing Form)
Equibase.com (entries, results and workouts)
Equineline.com (pedigrees, race records and portfolio services)
BRISnet.com (pedigrees, research and bloodstock services)
Equicizer.com (mechanical exercise horse for training and therapy)

National Organizations:
Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA)
South Carolina Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (SCTOBA)
National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA)
The Jockey Club

Thoroughbred Sales Companies:
Fasig Tipton Company, Inc.
Keeneland
Ocala Breeders Sales Company



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  • Aiken Training Track
  • 538 Two Notch Rd
  • Aiken, SC 29801

  • Mailing Address:
  • P.O. Box 656
  • Aiken, SC 29802

  • Office hours:
  • 803-648-4631
  • 9am -12pm
  • Mon - Fri
  • aikentt@bellsouth.net
Officers

Chairman
Bruce Johnstone

President:
Cary Frommer

Vice Presidents:
Alice Knowles
Chad Ingram

Secretary:
Paul Simons

Treasurer:
Bernadette Clayton

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