It provides the best vantage point of the finish line, and it's a unique way to spend a day at the races.

Tickets to the Winner's Circle Pavilion Tent Party are still available for the 72nd edition of the Aiken Trials.

The first leg of the Aiken Triple Crown provides spectators with an opportunity to enjoy the best in Thoroughbred flat racing, in a family-oriented, safe and controlled environment.

The Winner's Circle Pavilion Tent Party is the best place to be at the races during the Aiken Trials, said Nikki Bargeloh with the Aiken Training Track. The cost of admission includes one VIP pass for admittance to the tent, one VIP parking pass, lunch, access to an open bar, entertainment in between races provided by a disc jockey and an open raised viewing area and grandstand.

The cost for adults is $75 per person and $25 for children 12 and under.

Tickets can be purchased online by visiting the Aiken Training Track website at or by calling 648-4631.

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 as the turf writer making the most impact on the Florida Thoroughbred Industry. Baugh is a member of the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters Association, worked for North America's leading Thoroughbred breeder Adena Springs in Ocala, Fla. And interned at Thoroughbred Racing Communications in New York, N.Y.