The Aiken Trials, Aiken's day of races for young horses, will feature a race for polo ponies this year. The ponies, which are required to be playing horses, will run 300 yards from a standing start to compete for the title of "Fastest Polo Pony in Aiken."
The Aiken Trials will be held on Saturday, March 14. The card has six races, four of them for untried 2-year-old race horses, one for seasoned horses of racing age, and the polo pony race, which will be the fourth of the day. Although members of Aiken's old Winter Colony probably raced polo ponies in Aiken before World War II, this is the first time that the Aiken Trials will include a race for polo ponies.
There are six polo ponies entered in the race. They are:
1-Eli Yale, 6 year old chestnut gelding, owned, trained and ridden by Pam Gleason
2-Jasmine, 9 year old chestnut mare, owned, trained and ridden by Theresa King
3-Do What, 6 year old bay gelding, owned, trained and ridden by Tom Uskup
4-Elegant Matter, 7 year old bay mare, owned, trained and ridden by Ben Gregoncza
5-Aztec, 9 year old chestnut gelding, owned by the Aiken Horse LLC, trained by Gary Knoll and ridden by Salvador Torres.
6-Sabrina, 9 year old bay mare, owned, trained and ridden by Edgar Cato III.
The polo pony race is sponsored by The Aiken Horse.