How many times have locals thought to themselves, “It would be a lot of fun to try on racing silks, just like a jockey.”

Children will have opportunities to do so at the Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and Museum, at Kids Day on Sept. 7.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Kids Day features a variety of activities, and not only will children have a chance to try on jockey silks, they’ll get a real size photo of the Belmont Stakes trophy, the same hardware hoisted by the connections of Aiken’s Dogwood Stable’s, Palace Malice, after his authoritatively convincing victory in the third jewel of Thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown.

Children will also have an opportunity to showcase their visual and design talents, by using crayons and markers to create vivid images, as they color Thoroughbred racing coloring pages. Kids Day will also feature face painting.

The day wouldn’t be complete without an opportunity to learn in an entertaining environment as the day features Storytime in the Gardens. Readers will captivate listeners with a spellbinding narrative at both 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

The Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and Museum is located at Hopelands Garden at 135 Dupree Place. For more information, call 642-7631, or visit

Ben Baugh has been covering the equine industry and equestrian sport for the Aiken Standard since 2004. Among the awards Baugh has won include the 2003 Raleigh Burroughs Award.