Sunday, July 20, 2014
The 21st running of the Charleston Cup is scheduled to take place at The Plantation at Stono Ferry on Sunday, Nov. 9. Sanctioned by the National Steeplechase Association, the Charleston Cup has become one of the premier sporting events in the Lowcountry, offering spectators the opportunity to experience live horse racing at its finest.
Started by the South Carolina Jockey Club in 1986, the Charleston Cup is much more than just a horse race. The Charleston 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 on Friday with the elegant black-tie Race Ball. Live music, fabulous food and a special race preview combine to make this gala party an essential element in the total Charleston Cup experience.
Sunday morning, the real excitement begins as the nation's top riders, trainers and owners prepare to compete for purses totaling $50,000. More than 16,000 spectators will enjoy a full day at the races with exciting steeplechase and flat races. The gates open at 9 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 noon.
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.