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Equestrain History Exhibit: James Smiley
May 1, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
In celebration of Black History Month, an exhibit about Aiken native, James Smiley is now on display through February 28, 2021.
Smiley mainly rode during the 1940s – 1950s for Mrs. Lillian Bostwick Phipps and George H. “Pete” Bostwick. He rode Oedipus, who was owned by Phipps and trained by Bostwick, 13 times with 5 wins, 4 seconds and 1 third. The wins included the 1950 Aqueduct Spring Maiden Steeplechase, the 1950 Delaware Spring Maiden Steeplechase, the 1950 Shillelah Steeplechase and the Corinthian Handicap Steeplechase. Oedipus was named the 1950, 1951 & 1952 American Champion Steeplechase Horse. Smiley passed away on March 13, 1990 in Mineola, New York.
The exhibit is located in the first floor Gallery during regular museum hours. Admission is free. All those in attendance will be required to wear masks and practice social distancing.
The Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and Museum celebrates Aiken’s contributions to equestrian sports. The Racing Hall of Fame is open Tuesday-Friday from 2-5 pm, Saturday from 10 am-5 pm and Sunday from 2-5 pm.