Former jockey Eddie Maple, who is a member of thoroughbred racing’s national Hall of Fame, will be the guest speaker at the 13th edition of Breakfast at the Gallops.
The event will begin at 8 a.m. at the Aiken Training Track on March 15.
The Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and Museum is the organizer of Breakfast at the Gallops.
Advance tickets are on sale now for $20 each. They can be purchased at the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center, Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum, Aiken Training Track office, Folly and the Meybohm Real Estate office on Laurens Street.
Advance tickets also can be purchased online at aikenracinghalloffame.com.
Tickets will cost $25 each at the gate.
A light breakfast will be served.
A native of Ohio, Maple was inducted into the national Hall of Fame in 2009. He had a career record of 4,398 winners from 33,974 mounts.
Another Hall of Fame member, Woody Stephens, trained many of the horses that Maple rode.
They included Conquistador Cielo, who was the Horse of the Year and champion 3-year-old male in 1982, and Creme Fraiche.
Maple was aboard Conquistador Cielo when he won the 1982 Metropolitan Handicap. Maple also guided Creme Fraiche to victory in the 1985 Belmont Stakes.
Among the other horses that Maple rode for Stephens were 1983 champion 2-year-old male Devil’s Bag, 1984 champion 3-year-old male Swale and 1987 champion 2-year-old male Forty Niner.
Conquistador Cielo, Swale and Forty Niner all are members of the Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame.
In 1973, Maple guided Triple Crown winner Secretariat to victory in the Canadian International Championship Stakes for trainer Lucien Lauren.
Maple received the George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award in 1995 and the Mike Venezia Memorial Award in 1998.
Maple retired from race riding in 2008.
In addition to Maple, local thoroughbred trainers will be on hand at Breakfast at the Gallops to talk to spectators about the methods they use to prepare horses for competition.
Attendees also will be able to watch thoroughbreds gallop and breeze.
Equine photographer, Mosaic Racing Stable partner and Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and Museum Advisory Board member Barry Bornstein will be the emcee.
A portion of the proceeds from Breakfast at the Gallops will be used to support the Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and Museum, which is in Hopelands Gardens.
For more information, call 803-642-7631 or 803-643-2121.
The Aiken Training Track is at 538 Two Notch Road S.E.
The sponsors of Breakfast at the Gallops are Folly, Aiken County Farm Supply, Mosaic Racing Stable, Suzy Haslup of Meybohm Real Estate, Larlee Construction, The Aiken Horse and the Aiken Training Track.
The event will be held one day before the Aiken Trials at the Aiken Training Track. The Aiken Trials kick off the Aiken Triple Crown, which also includes the Aiken Spring Steeplechase and Pacers & Polo.