A stakes placed horse, a pair of allowance winners and a South Carolina-bred, make up the field for today's feature race in the Aiken Trials.
Dogwood Stable is sending out a pair of runners in today's 4 1/2-furlong City of Aiken Trophy. Carolinian, a New York-bred allowance winner, conditioned by Gary Contessa at the racetrack will be saddled by Legacy Stable's Brad Stauffer. Miss Frost, who placed second in the 1 1/16-mile P.G. Johnson Stakes on the turf, last summer at Saratoga Race Course during her juvenile campaign, will be sent postward by Legacy Stable's Ron Stevens. Carolinian drew the rail and Miss Frost will break from post position no. 2.
“Carolinian is a quick, little colt, who has won about $100,000,” said W. Cothran Campbell, Dogwood Stable president. “I don't think he's going to be a major star, but he's earnest and genuine. He's a pretty good colt.”
Miss Frost broke her maiden during her juvenile campaign on July 28, 2013 at Saratoga, going 1 1/16-miles on the turf. The daughter of two-time Horse of the Year Curlin is conditioned by Tom Albertrani, and was beaten less than a half-length in the P.G. Johnson as a 2-year-old.
“Miss Frost's game is going long on the grass,” said Campbell. “She had a splendid work on the grass. I think she'll run well.”
Dunbarton Stable's Ascauga drew the 4 hole for Saturday's City of Aiken, and the 5-year-old son of Great Notion is coming off a fourth-place finish 10 days ago at the Fair Grounds, where he's in the barn of trainer Mike Keogh. The bay gelding was broken and trained in Aiken by Cary Frommer, who will send the two-time winner postward.
Ascauga seemed to tire in the 1 mile and 70 yards allowance race earlier this month, and the 4 1/2-furlong race on Saturday should be a good tightener to get him ready for his next start, said Frommer.
“He came back in great shape and ready to run.” said Frommer.
William Tronoski's homebred Troublenoski drew post position no. 3. The gelded son of Grade 1 winner Dynaformer has made four starts, breaking his maiden at first asking during his sophomore campaign, but has not gone postward in over a year. The now 5-year-old gelding placed 5th in his last start, a 1 mile race at Tampa Bay Downs on Feb. 10, 2013.