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Down to the final stretch before the Charleston Cup

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HOLLYWOOD, SC (WCSC) -

We're now down to the final stretch before the 19th Charleston Cup horse races at the Plantation at Stono Ferry. The event is set to take place in Hollywood on Sunday.

"Really excited. The weather is going to be perfect we are almost finished here on the set up," Race Director Karl McMillan said.

Spectators will get to see all the horses and all the hats at the Plantation Stono Ferry. Nigel Casserly announces the races every year.

"It's interesting to see how it grows. The most important thing is growth for any outdoor event. this year the ticket sales have been way up there," Charleston Cup announcer Nigel Casserley said.

About 10,000 people are anticipated at the track to see which horse wins part of a $25,000 prize.

Thirty-six horses expected to race on this track on Sunday. Depending on how they do here, it could qualify them for other races up and down the east coast.

The thoroughbreds that take part in the races are primed starting at birth and caretakers say it's hard work for themselves and the horses.

"You don't get days off in the horse business. The horses eat twice a day every day. They're groomed. They're exercised, bathed, feet have to be taken care of. They have special supplements, vitamins, and they all get worked everyday," Stono Ferry Stables manager Cyndi Simpson said.

For event information and to purchase tickets go to www.charlestoncup.net.

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