Backstretch Experience
Behind the Scenes at the Aiken Training Track

  • Saturday, October 14 (rain date October 21)
  • Saturday, December 9 (rain date December 16)
  • February 10 (rain date February 17)
  • April 7 (rain date April 14)

9:00 am - 11:15 am
$30 per person

​The heavy breathing and thunder of hooves is an experience like no other. Racehorses have been training at the historic Aiken Training Track since 1942 and now you can get a behind the scenes look at these young equine athletes before they leave to race at tracks all over the United States.

Watch horses on the track for their morning training before going back to Legacy Stable. You will be close to the horses, trainers and exercise riders, so bring your camera! After horses train, Brad Stauffer, Head Trainer of Legacy Stable, will talk about the equipment used in training, the diet of a racehorse, conformation, track composition and more! There will also be a question and answer period.

This program is for participants ages 12 (with an adult) and up.

Space is limited and the registration deadline Thursday before each date.

Participants should wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes.

Those taking part should meet at the Rye Patch parking lot, 100 Berrie Road, at 8:45 am and will be transported to the Aiken Training Track by mini-bus.

Registration and payment may be done at the H. O. Weeks Center, 1700 Whiskey Rd.  Aiken, SC

For more information: 803-643-2121 or 803-642-7631 or email

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Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and Museum
"Home of Aiken's Racing Champions"
Information: 803-642-7631
Located in Hopelands Gardens at 135 Dupree Place (off Whiskey Road) Aiken, SC 29801
Yearlings going to the track.
Yearlings on the track.
Talking about conformation.
Talking about conformation.
Explaining importance of feed type.
Talking about feed.
Another set going out
Explaining the schedule for today's sets.
Learning more about scheduling training sets.
Showing off the barn.