Breakfast at the Gallops
Watch Aiken's Future Racing Stars Workout
March 15, 2019
Aiken Training Track
$25 at the gate
This will be an opportunity to observe juveniles who are preparing to go to the races and older campaigners, work before leaving to go to the racetrack. Local trainer trainers will be on hand to talk to participants about the various training methods used to train Aiken’s equine athletes.
A light breakfast will be served. Those in attendance should enter the Two Notch Road entrance that is closet to Audubon Drive. Vehicles must stop for all horses.
A portion of the proceeds from the event will go to support the Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and Museum.
Tickets may also be purchased at the H. Odell Weeks Center, Folly (downtown Aiken), Meybohm Real Estate (downtown Aiken), Aiken Training Track Office, the Aiken Visitors Center & Train Museum (406 Park Avenue SE) and the Aiken County Visitors Center (133 Laurens St NW).
There are no refunds.
Maple won the Belmont Stakes twice, rode to three upset victories of Forego on different horses and piloted Secretariat to victory in the last race of that champion’s career. In statistics since 1976, he had 217 graded stakes winners and 363 wins in all stakes. He led jockey standings for meetings at Saratoga and Aqueduct.
Maple rode many horses for Woody Stephens, including Horse of the Year Conquistador Cielo, on whom he scored in one of the three Metropolitan Handicaps the rider won. He also won the Belmont Stakes for Stephens on Crème Fraiche, having won the classic as well on Temperence Hill. Maple’s three wins over Forego came in the Metropolitan on Arbees Boy and two Suburban Handicaps on Foolish Pleasure and Quiet Little Table. Maple was aboard Secretariat for his victory in the 1973 Canadian International.
In addition to multiple victories in the Belmont, Suburban, and Met Mile, Maple won the Saranac Handicap seven times, the Hempstead (now the Ogden Phipps) and the Saratoga Special five times each, the Dwyer, Carter and Remsen four times each and the Futurity, Super Derby, Breeders’ Futurity, Manhattan and Delaware Handicap three times each.
He had back-to-back wins in the Travers Stakes and also had two victories in the Alabama, Champagne, Wood Memorial, Ladies, Canadian International, Oaklawn Handicap Matron.
Other races he won included the Jockey Club Gold Cup, Arlington Million, Apple Blossom, Florida Derby, Young America, Withers, Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup, Hollywood Futurity, Hollywood Derby, Sword Dancer, Matchmaker, Louisiana Downs Handicap, Black Helen,
Man o’ War, Monmouth Oaks and Hopeful.
Maple was voted the George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award for 1995 and the Mike Venezia Memorial Award in 1998. He was inducted into the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame in 2009.