It's a statement that continues to resonate within the community.
When Dogwood Stable's president W. Cothran Campbell told a global television audience that “they're dancing in the streets of Aiken” after Palace Malice's victory in the Belmont Stakes, his enthusiasm and joy sent a ripple effect through the area that's still palpable.
The Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and Museum is honoring the Classic winner in a way that's uniquely endemic to the city. The exhibit “They're Dancing in the Streets of Aiken” pays homage to the Dogwood Stable campaigned 3-year-old colt that captured the nation's imagination with his victory in the third jewel of Thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown. There is no admission charge to view the exhibition.
Visitors to the Hall of Fame will have an opportunity to view the exhibit on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays from 2 to 5 p.m. during the months of July and August. The exhibition will be on display during the month of September, Tuesdays through Fridays and Sundays from 2 to 5 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The exhibit will feature photos and other memorabilia from the Belmont Stakes, said Lisa Hall, Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and Museum programs supervisor. Among the items that will be on display include Palace Malice's saddle cloth from the Belmont Stakes.
Palace Malice is Dogwood Stable's second Classic winner. Summer Squall won the second jewel of Thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown, capturing the 1990 Preakness Stakes.
Palace Malice was ridden to victory by Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith, was conditioned at the racetrack by five-time Eclipse Award winning trainer Todd Pletcher, and was trained in Aiken by Legacy Stable's Brad Stauffer over the Aiken Training Track.
Want to go?
When: Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 2 to 5 p.m. through August; and Tuesdays through Fridays and Sundays from 2 to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in September
Where: Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and Museum, 135 Dupree Place
For more information: Visit www. aikenracinghalloffame.com.