The first leg of the Aiken Triple Crown – the 72nd running of the Aiken Trials – is Saturday, March 15, at the Aiken Training Track, 538 Two Notch Road.
The Trials started in 1942 as a way to let the young horses being trained in Aiken stretch their legs in front of a cheering crowd. The event draws about 10,000 spectators.
Gates open at 10 a.m. Opening ceremonies and a carriage parade are at 1 p.m. The races begin at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the gate. Parking is $10 in advance and $15 at the gate. A VIP tent party begins at 11 a.m., costs $75 and includes heavy hors d’oeuvres and cocktails.
Purchase tickets online at www.aikentrials.com, by calling (803) 648-4631 or find the event on Facebook at facebook.com/aikentrials.
• The Aiken Triple Crown will continue Saturday, March 22, with the Spring Steeplechase at Aiken Horse Park at Ford Conger Field, 931 Powder House Road.
Gates open at 9:30 a.m. and the first race is at 1 p.m. Steeplechase tickets are $25 in advance and $35 at the gate; Guarantor Tent Party tickets are $120 person or $450 for four guests (in one car).
For more details, see aikensteeplechase.com.
• On Saturday, March 29, Pacers & Polo completes the Triple Crown events. Gates open at 10:30 a.m. at Powder House Polo Field on Powder House Road. The polo match begins at 1 p.m.
A VIP Tent ticket is $75 and includes lunch, an open bar, and admission. Parking is $5. For more details, visit http://web.usca.edu/pacersandpolo.