Marie McAden



It’s off to the races this fall in South Carolina

Posted 11/2/2012 3:01:00 PM

Throw on your favorite scarf and fill up your Thermos with hot chocolate! It’s horse racing season in South Carolina.

The fun begins Nov. 3 with the 17th running of the King’s Tree Trials at the McCutcheon Training Center in Williamsburg County. The event features young quarter horses and thoroughbreds from all over the Southeast racing in the beautiful farm setting of the Cedar Swamp community.

Tailgating spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis and may be purchased at the Williamsburg Home Town Chamber of Commerce office at 136 N. Academy St. For more details, click here. 

The 19th running of the Charleston Cup follows Nov. 11 at The Plantation at Stono Ferry. Riders, trainers and owners from all over the country will enter their top thoroughbreds in both steeplechasing and flat racing, competing for purses totaling $50,000. Gates open at 9 a.m. with post time set for noon.

Started by the South Carolina Jockey Club, the Charleston Cup has become the social event of the season in the Lowcountry. The race weekend kicks off with the elegant black tie Race Ball on Friday. On Sunday, the party moves to the track for a tailgating extravaganza. Spectators have been known to bring picnic baskets packed with everything from champagne and caviar to fried chicken and cold beer.

For more information on the Charleston Cup, click here.

Rounding out the horse events Nov. 17 is the famed Colonial Cup at the Springdale Race Course in Camden — one of the premier steeplechase races in the country.

In addition to the championship-caliber hurdle race, the meet puts the spotlight on 3-year-olds in the $25,000 Raymond G. Woolfe Memorial. The country’s best chasers will run in the $100,000 Marion DuPont Scott Colonial Cup. In all, the event will offer purses totaling $190,000.

Gates open at 9 a.m. with post time at 12:30 p.m. Click here for more information.