The inaugural Charleston Trials on Sunday, March 17, will launch the 2013 National Steeplechase Association season. The racing program at the Charleston Cup course in Hollywood, S.C., will feature two races over National Fences and two flat races.
None of the races will offer purses or count toward a horse’s race record. They will help to prepare horses for the remainder of the spring schedule, which includes the Aiken Spring Races on March 23 and the Carolina Cup on March 30. The two South Carolina meets traditionally begin the regular NSA season.
“The Charleston Trials program is a wonderful opportunity to showcase Thoroughbred racing in the Charleston community,” said NSA Director of Racing Bill Gallo Jr. “In addition, the Charleston Trials will offer NSA horsemen an opportunity to prepare their horses in advance of major races at Aiken and the Carolina Cup.”
Under the leadership of Race Director Karl McMillan, the Charleston Cup returned to the NSA fall schedule in 2011. First post time for the St. Patrick’s Day program on March 17 is 1 p.m.