Darley horses to continue training at Aiken Training Track
Darley Stable will continue to be a presence at the Aiken Training Track in the city's historic horse district, although the Thoroughbred racing operation's property in Montmorenci has been listed for sale."We're very happy in Aiken," Jimmy Bell, Darley USA president, said this morning. "It's (the Aiken Training Track) a good racetrack. We worked quite a few babies (young horses) the last few days. It's a high quality track with a great history. Horses continue to have success after leaving Aiken, which is a tribute to the track."His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum's Darley purchased Robert and Janice McNair's Stonerside Stable in Sept. 2008, and included in the transaction were the two barns at the Aiken Training Track, which prior to being owned by the McNairs, had been the property of Hall of Fame trainer MacKenzie Miller. The Darley Stable property at the Aiken Training Track includes a horse exerciser and round pen. The Thoroughbred operation also leases two barns from W.C. and Iris Freeman."We're very pleased," said Bell. "We have a great setup at the Aiken Training Track. And with the track itself, we couldn't be happier. We have the stalls that we need for our training program. We're very pleased with the way the horses have progressed training at the Aiken Training Track. There's no question, they have a great foundation."One of the horses to come out of the Darley program in Aiken is Godolphin Racing's multiple Grade 1 winner It's Tricky, the 2011 Aiken Trained Horse of the Year, who will be making her 2012 debut in Saturday's $200,000 Grade 2 Top Flight Handicap at Aqueduct."We're very excited," said Bell. "It's Tricky was the Aiken Trained Horse of the Year this past year, and that demonstrates the quality of the training track and the facility on all accounts."Darley Stable broke and trained several horses that are on the 2012 Kentucky Derby Trail, including Godolphin Racing's Alpha, a multiple stakes winner and Darley homebred and graded stakes winner Out of Bounds and Side Road, who races in Saturday's $400,000 Grade 3 Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct. Darley's trainer in Aiken is Tim Jones.