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Springdale Racecourse
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NameSpringdale Racecourse
Address200 Knights Hills Rd
PO Box 280
Camden, SC 29020
Brief DescriptionHome of the National Steeplechase Museum, the Carolina & Colonial Cup Steeplechase Races, and the only European-style horse training facilities in the U.S.
DescriptionSpringdale Race Course is situated just on the outskirts of the town of Camden, and hosts two of the most important steeplechases on the yearly calendar the extremely popular Carolina Cup in the spring and the prestigious Colonial Cup in the autumn. Interestingly, in a state where pari-mutuel betting is not allowed, more than 60,000 people routinely show up and have a wonderful time at the races. Clearly, going racing in the South is not just about the chance to win a bet. Camden is well known as a training center for racehorses from the Eastern part of the U.S., and throughout the world. With its spacious, well maintained grounds laid out in the European training style, there are a variety of places in which to train and exercise the substantial horse population. Hall of Fame trainers have habitually sent their horses to Camden for a winter rest, or some rehab following an injury. It is also where young Thoroughbreds can begin their early training in a relaxed atmosphere away from the sometimes frenetic and more confined space of the racing facilities in major urban cities, such as New York and Miami. Many champion racehorses have called Camden home at some point during their careers, including the incomparable Ruffian. The white clapboard building that houses the racing offices and the Steeplechase Museum, both non-profit organizations, is on the grounds of the race course. The original building was a simple two-room structure that purportedly was moved from Marion du Pont Scott's Camden house Holly Hedge over to the race course. The building reflects Camden's famous cottage architecture that was prevalent among the residences of visiting horsemen around the turn of the century. A life-size bronze statue of Lonesome Glory is the first thing to catch the eye at the walkway towards the museum entrance. As a record-setting five time Horse of the Year, this rangy chestnut certainly deserves his pride of place on the front lawn.
Phone 1(803) 432-6513
Handicapped AccessibleNo
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Last Updated6/23/2011
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