Thoroughbred Horse Racing


The first stride to the finish line begins in South Carolina.

From The Carolina Cup in Camden to private tracks around the state, the Sport of Kings is flourishing in South Carolina.

  • Springdale Racecourse in Camden is owned by the state.
  • At least 24 additional private training tracks are located in rural areas.
  • Local trainers provide good jobs. Last year their combined annual payroll was close to $20 million.
  • Our trainers are highly respected for turning out high quality horses that compete across the country.
  • South Carolina is the center point of racing activity from Florida to New York.

The state’s Thoroughbred industry is valued at approximately $250 million. 

The SC Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association works to create awareness of the tremendous economic impact the thoroughbred horse industry has in our state. View the impressive list of winning horses and trainers.  

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Event Photo Albums

Carolina Cup

This huge spring event is known as the biggest outdoor party in South Carolina!  World class horses are the reason. This National Steeplechase Association-sanctioned race draws the top steeplechasers in the country. The races also draw college students from across the Southeast. They have their own area known as “college park,” where they can show off their finest spring clothes and hats while tailgating between races. Two flat races and four races over fences bring the crowds to their feet as these sleek Thoroughbreds race for purses and for points. It’s a day not to be missed!

Charleston Steeplechase

This race is new on the calendar. Held at historic Stono Ferry Racetrack  in Hollywood, just minutes from Charleston, the event featured four races over hurdles and one flat race. If you missed the spring race, the fall race will on Sunday, Nov. 12.

Elloree Trials

The 55th running of the Elloree Trials featured 11 races, which alternated between Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse races. An enthusiastic crowd of about 5,000 people enjoyed tailgating, entertainment, an assortment of vendors, and a beauty contest.