News Column

Room renovation continues at hall of fame

May 26, 2014

By Ben Baugh, Aiken Standard, S.C.

May 26--It will be a place for fans of Dogwood Stable to gather.

This fall, the Dogwood Stable room at the Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and Museum will have its dedication and be open to the public.

Photographs, memorabilia and trophies showcasing the honors attained by the nearly 80 stakes winner campaigned by the Aiken-based Thoroughbred racing stable will be on exhibit.

The site of the permanent exhibit, that will be rotated periodically, was formerly the Jim Maloney room, said Lisa Hall, Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and Museum programs supervisor.

"What we did, with the permission of both families, we took what was Jim Maloney's room, split the room and put it up in the hay loft," said Hall. "The hayloft shares the Maloney exhibit and the Bostwick exhibit. It fills the room up nicely. We're very appreciative of the families for allowing us to do this because that's what's allowing the Dogwood room to be possible."

A space that had once been small closets has been converted to trophy cases to house the hardware won by Dogwood Stable's impressive list of stakes winners. The trophy cases are of the finest quality -- excellent wood and bead board -- and the cabinets will be stained and have heavy duty, glass sliding doors, said Hall.

"The trophy cases will also have state of the art lighting," said Hall.

The Hall of Fame expanded the trophy cases by modifying the site for the room, taking out a wall that had some free space and a closet.

The room will be painted in the Dogwood colors -- the trim yellow, the bottom parts of the wall in green, and the top part of the wall in white, said Hall. The room was paid for strictly through donations. No City or taxpayer money was used to fund the project.

The exhibit will feature a photographic history of Dogwood Stable, a compendium about the stable's owners and the racing operation's two Triple Crown race winners, Summer Squall and Palace Malice. The room will include a halter worn by Palace Malice that he had trained in prior to the Jim Dandy Stakes that was given to the Hall of Fame by Palace Malice's trainer Todd Pletcher, and a set of horse shoes worn by the 2013 Aiken Trained Horse of the Year.

The room's existing window will be transformed into a shadow box and will showcase the Dogwood Stable silks.

"This is going to be a fantastic room and a great tribute to Dogwood Stable," said Hall. "I can't say how pleased and fortunate the City of Aiken is for Dogwood Stable to donate these things."

Ben Baugh has been covering the equine industry and equestrian sport for the Aiken Standard since 2004.


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