Located in Hopelands Gardens at 135 Dupree Place (off Whiskey Road) Aiken, SC 29801
Race Comments: PLEASANT COLONY, rated patiently and kept outside horses through the first half mile, advanced around horses to challenge at the top of the stretch, was under strong left hand whipping to the sixteenth pole, secured command about 70 yards from the wire and was hand ridden to the finish. BOLD EGO set the pace under rating and held gamely under right hand urging in the drive. PARISTO, forwardly placed along the rail, could not keep pace in the drive while clearly best of the others. THIRTY EIGHT PACES prompted the pace outside PARISTO and gradually fell back in the stretch. PARTEZ was eased out from the rail entering the stretch and had a late mild rally. HIGHLAND BLADE, between horses throughout, lacked a rally. ESCAMBIA BAY swung wide into the stretch and finished full of run. BARE KNUCKLES was not a factor. DOUBLE SONIC was steadied when shut off approaching the sixteenth pole the first time and was outrun thereafter, A RUN, bumped lightly entering the first turn, was a forward factor for seven furlongs then tired and returned with a skinned left front ankle. WOODCHOPPER was taken back from close quarters between DOUBLE SONIC and HIGHLAND BLADE approaching the three-eighths pole and was outrun at all stages. FLYING NASHUA was brought out shutting off DOUBLE SONIC, moved outside to be in close position and faltered. TOP AVENGER bore out under a snug hold at the first turn, was steadied when lacking room while being outrun by PLEASANT COLONY on the far turn and was lightly eased the last sixteenth.