Aiken’s Kentucky Derby Winners

There are few American sporting events with the history and popularity of the Kentucky Derby. It’s rich traditions – sipping a mint julep, donning a beautiful hat, and joining fellow race fans in singing “My Old Kentucky Home” – transcend the Kentucky Derby from just a sporting event, making it a celebration of southern culture and a true icon of Americana. The Kentucky Derby is the longest running sporting event in the United States, dating back to 1875. The race is often referred to as "The Run for the Roses®" and has continuously produced “the most exciting two minutes in sports”; uninterrupted, even when coinciding with profound historical events like The Great Depression and World Wars I & II.                                          - from www.kentuckyderby.com/history/kentucky-derby-history.


Six Kentucky Derby winners​ have trained at the historic Aiken Training Track. Click on the photos below to learn more about each winner.
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Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and Museum
"Home of Aiken's Racing Champions"
Information: 803-642-7631
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Located in Hopelands Gardens at 135 Dupree Place (off Whiskey Road) Aiken, SC 29801
Shut Out - 1942
Lucky Debonair - 1965
Cannonade - 1974
Pleasant Colony - 1981
Swale - 1984
Sea Hero - 1993