Springtime sun shines on Aiken Steeplechase

When it comes to horses, 6-year-old Shaeleigh Lyman doesn't play favorites.


"I liked all of them," she said.

Shaeleigh spent Saturday at the Aiken Spring Steeplechase with her family, watching the horses and enjoying the sunny weather.

Shaeleigh said she loves horses and has taken horseback riding lessons.

"We moved here from New Hampshire, and we've lived in the area for about two years," said Shaeleigh's father, Tony Lyman, of Graniteville, who was at the Steeplechase for the first time. "We love it here in Aiken."

Daniel Bailey, of Augusta, said he enjoyed the race at Ford Conger Field.

"It was a lot of fun," he said. "The weather was nice, and I won a couple of small bets with my friends."

Caroline Bradford, of Aiken, said she attended her second Steeplechase mainly to watch the horses and have a good time.

Lowell Tripp, of Aiken, said he has come with his family every year since 1992.

"This year the weather was great; we had a good time with our guests," he said. "The whole atmosphere was great."

Tripp said one thing that stood out this year was the improved traffic flow.

"For whatever reason, we've had a lot of difficulty getting here due to traffic in recent years," he said. "I don't know what to attribute it to, but traffic was a lot better this year."

One leg to go in the Aiken Triple Crown

The Pacers and Polo match will be Saturday at Powder House Polo Field on Powder House Road in Aiken. Gates open at 11 a.m., with the match starting at 1:30 p.m. Adult tickets cost $8 in advance, $10 at the gate; children's tickets are $5. General admission parking is $5.