The 20th Running of the Charleston
Horse Racing at its Finest!
The 20th running of the Charleston Cup will take place
at The Plantation at Stono Ferry on Sunday, November
Sanctioned by The National Steeplechase Association, the
Cup has become one of the premier sporting events in the
Carolina Lowcountry, offering spectators the opportunity
to experience live horse racing at its finest.
here for photos of the 2012 race by Stephanie Smith!
by the South Carolina Jockey Club, the Charleston Cup is
much more than just a horse race. The Cup is the social
event of the season – and definitely not to be missed!
You don’t have to be a “horse person”
to enjoy all the Charleston Cup has to offer. The race weekend
kicks off with the elegant black-tie Race Ball on Friday.
Live music, fabulous food and a special race preview combine
to make this gala party an essential element in the total
Sunday morning, the real excitement begins as the nation’s
top riders, trainers, and owners prepare to compete for
purses totaling $50,000. Over 16,000 spectators will enjoy
a full day at the races with exciting steeplechase and flat
races. The gates open at 9:00 a.m., and attendees arrive
early with their picnic baskets packed with everything from
champagne and caviar to fried chicken and cold beer. A vendor
village and tailgating are in full swing by the time the
paddock call rolls around at 12:00 noon.
steeplechase race differs from a flat race in many ways.
Flat racing is exciting in that it has a great deal of speed
while a steeplechase takes that speed and combines it with
the danger of jumping. The thoroughbreds that run in steeplechase
races are three years of age or older and have been trained
specifically for ‘chasing.’ Additionally, the
jockeys are typically larger than ones that would participate
in a flat race. The extra height is necessary in order to
have a better hold on the horse while soaring over the jumps.
Whether you are entertaining clients in a private corporate
tent, relaxing with friends in a reserved parking space,
or just spreading a blanket out for a picnic with a view,
the Charleston Cup will provide one and all with the ingredients
for a fun-filled weekend.
Photo credits: Tod
Marks Photography and Stephanie
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