19th Charleston Cup Steeplechase races scheduled Sunday at Stono Ferry
The Charleston Cup Steeplechase races are back and going strong.
With only one more event remaining on the National Steeplechase Association calendar after the Charleston Cup — the Colonial Cup in Camden next Saturday — the competition is expected to be fierce as year-end awards are being determined. A crowd of approximately 15,000 horse racing enthusiasts and tailgaters is expected for the event.
This year’s event will feature five races, one more than a year ago, with riders competing for a $60,000 purse. Last year’s purse was $50,000.
The first race is scheduled to begin at noon. The feature race, a 2 ¼-mile event over National Fences, is expected to draw a full field of 10 racing for a $25,000 purse.
Leading the field will be defending champion Tizsilk, which won by a nose last year. Tizsilk has one win and one second-place finish racing flat courses this year but will be making his first 2012 start on a steeplechase track.
The Charleston Cup returned to the National Steeplechase Association’s schedule last year after an eight-year hiatus. It was originally conceived as a marketing tool for the Stono Ferry development and held continually from 1986 through 2003 before being discontinued.