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Contact: Nick Ellis at 910-315-1564 or


CAMDEN, S.C. (April 12, 2017) The Carolina Cup Racing Association announced today that its 2018 spring meet will feature both the historic Carolina Cup and the Marion duPont Scott Colonial Cup, a race for the steeplechase sport's top performers. As a result, the CCRA Board of Directors decided on April 11 to suspend the fall meet, at which the Colonial Cup has been contested since 1970, beginning this November.

Combining the Carolina Cup and the Colonial Cup on the same afternoon will create a memorable day of racing at Camden's Springdale Course, said Carolina Cup CEO Nick Ellis. “The Carolina Cup has always been our flagship event, and adding the Colonial Cup to the program will provide new significance to the spring meet. The change will permit the CCRA to focus its efforts on the spring meet and to preserve its commitment to its charitable beneficiary, The Health Services District of Kershaw County.

Ellis said that the decision to move the Colonial Cup meet to the spring was not taken lightly by the board and followed decades of financial losses on the November races. “Quite frankly, the organization tried everything possible to maintain the Colonial Cup meet on its original fall date,” he said. “But times have changed; college football has grown in importance and resulted in significantly lower attendance and revenue at the Colonial Cup.”

He said transferring the Colonial Cup to the spring date perpetuates Mrs. Scott's commitment to top-level racing at the Springdale Course. “Her guiding principle was to have the highest-quality racing at Springdale. This change in the schedule will allow the board to maintain its commitment both to her legacy and to the Camden community,” he said.

About The Carolina Cup Racing Association (CCRA), Inc.

The CCRA was organized in 1963 but has existed as an organization since 1930. The purpose of the Association is to manage the Springdale Race Course property as an equestrian center including the stabling and training of race and the holding of race

meetings, including but not limited to the Carolina Cup races and the Colonial Cup races, and the further holding of such equestrian activities as are provided by the terms of the Will of Marion DuPont Scott. The Will bequeathed the Springdale Race Course property to the State of South Carolina and its management the responsibility of The Carolina Cup Racing Association. For more information, visit or call 803-432-6513 (toll free 800-780-8117). 



Contact: Nick Ellis at 910-315-1564 or



Jump Into Spring with

83rd Running of


On April 1!


CAMDEN, SC (March15, 2017) –Don’t miss the 83rd running of The Carolina Cup Steeplechase sponsored by Mullikin Law Firm to be held on Saturday, April 1 at the Springdale Race Course in Camden, SC. The annual race is one of South Carolina’s premier sporting events, welcoming thousands of guests to enjoy a day of horses, hospitality, and history.


“ The early spring weather has helped focus attention on the Carolina Cup, ” said The Carolina Cup Racing Association’s Chief Executive Officer, Nick Ellis. “If spring is almost here, then the Carolina Cup must be right around the corner. And our loyal fans have been burning up the phone lines buying tickets.”


Gates open at 9:00 am, and the six races begin at 1:30 pm. There is thirty-five minutes  between each race.


Tickets and space for tailgating, grandstand, general admission, Columbia Metropolitan Magazine Turf Club and Post & Paddock are now on sale. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call 803-432-6513 (toll-free 800-780-8117). The Springdale Race Course is located at 200 Knights Hill Road in Camden, SC.



About The Carolina Cup


The Carolina Cup is an annual steeplechase horse race held at the Springdale Race Course in Camden, SC. The race holds the National Steeplechase Association attendance record of 71,000. With its unique inner loop and outer loop design, the 2 ¾ mile Springdale Race Course offers spectators spectacular views of the running. Since its inception, The Carolina Cup has become a South Carolina tradition. For more information, visit or call 803-432-6513 (toll-free 800-780-8117).