Aiken, S.C. -
There will be big hats, bow ties and big time fun to be had at the Aiken Steeplechase on Saturday.
It's the 48th annual running, and the second leg of the Aiken Triple Crown.
The six race event draws hurdlers and turf horses from up and down the East coast and gives the crowd a chance to see top-ranking riders in action.
In addition to the races, there’s a carriage parade on Saturday and a pre-race dinner dance tonight at Ford Conger Field.
But, as one of the patrol judges for steeplechase told us, the horses and equestrians are the true stars of the show.
“You watch these equine athletes that run two and a quarter miles over 12 jumps, carrying anywhere from 140 to 150-something pounds, and the riders are just outstanding," said Allen Darlington, Patrol Judge.
The gates open at Ford Conger Field at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday. Post time is at 1 p.m.
The final leg of the Triple Crown is the Pacers and Polo Match next Saturday, March 29th.