Friday, January 28, 2011

Breakfast at the Gallops

The Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and Museum is putting on its fifth annual "Breakfast at the Gallops" on Thursday, March 16 from 8 to 10 am at the Aiken Training Track. The event, sponsored by Darley, is designed to give people interested in Thoroughbred racing an inside look at what goes on in a training facility. Local trainers, including Suzy Haslup, will be on hand to talk about training methods and to answer whatever questions people might have as they watch the horses work on the track.

Aiken has long had a reputation as a great place to train young horses, as well as a quiet setting in which to prepare older horses for the next season's campaign. Every winter, freshly minted 2-year olds take their first racing steps on Aiken's historic track. Every summer, scores of those horses go on to win races, and every year, one or two of those Aiken Training Track graduates takes a real shot at greatness, running in the Kentucky Derby, the Travers or the Breeder's Cup. At the Aiken Training Track, you never know which horses you see will become champions.

Tickets for the event cost $15 in advance and $20 at the gate. They can be purchased at the H.O. Weeks Activities Center on Whiskey Road or at the Aiken Training Track Office. Space is limited. A portion of the proceeds will go to support the Aiken Thoroughbred Hall of Fame and Museum.

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