Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame – Aiken, South Carolina
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Aiken is known as the “Horse Capital of the South” in much part due to New York financier William C. Whitney, who brought polo to the city in the late nineteenth century. Whitney helped establish the Aiken Winter Colony for the Northern elite who traveled south for to play polo and buy an sell thoroughbreds.
Aiken’s status as “America’s Polo Capital” spawned horse racing as well. In 1977 Whitney’s great-grandson Whitney Tower, horse racing editor and writer for Sports Illustrated, worked with the city and local Jaycees to create the Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame.
The Hall of Fame is located within Hopelands Gardens, named for Hope Goodard Iselin of Rhode Island. Hope’s husband, C. Oliver Iselin, bought the property in 1897 for a winter home. Prior to that, the grounds were farmland.
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Address: 135 Dupree Place, Aiken, SC 29801
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