Watch horses train for free at ‘Breeze Days’ in Aiken

Published: Feb. 10, 2023 at 6:00 PM EST
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AIKEN, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) - The Aiken Training Track is working alongside the city to raise awareness about the track.

Now you can watch the horses train for free. It’s an event they started in January. Here’s how it’s gained more popularity than organizers expected.

Aiken Training Track President Bill Gutfarb is amazed to see a large crowd on a weekday morning.

“This is like the number of people that come to the breakfast at the gallops, that costs $20, this is free,” he said.

He says word of mouth has spread since they started hosting in January. The training track and city worked together to organize it.

“We talked about ways of showing the community what we do, and they offered to support us,” he said.

They’ve opened up the track once every other week so you can watch horses train for free. They also have free coffee and donuts.

Kevin Wilson was visiting the track. He said, “I may be fat, but it’s not, the coffee and donuts weren’t the draws for me.”

He’s here taking pictures with his photography group.

“It’s a great opportunity,” he said.

Wilson has never been here before, and he’s lived in this area for almost six decades. He’s happy to have this event.

“The free access to the grounds and the opportunity to photograph the horses,” said Wilson.

Gutfarb said: “We just wanted to familiarize the community with what we do here.”

The final “Breeze Day” of the season is on Feb. 22 at 7:30 a.m.