Charleston Cup attracts estimated 15,000

Published: Nov. 9, 2014 at 10:22 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 10, 2014 at 11:23 AM EST
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HOLLYWOOD, SC (WCSC) - An estimated 15,000 people came out the Charleston Cup steeplechase races in Hollywood on Sunday.

The cup is the second-to-last event in the national steeplechase circuit and included four different races for a total purse of $65,000. People at the race, though, say there's much more to do.

"It's about the horses and the races, but it's also about the hats," Archie Burkel, who runs the Charleston Cup's hat competition said. "You think the Kentucky Derby, you think Ascot, and we think the Charleston Cup."

"There are so many fabulous hats here," Margaret Skinner, who won the award for more stylish hat, said. "I've never taken the tags off of it so this is the first outing."

"We throw a couple dollars in a hat and everyone picks out a number, so we're all betting on a jockey this year that we know nothing about," Adam Killerman, who's at his third cup said.

The event includes betting and tailgating but parents say it's also kid-friendly.

"We have our jumps set up here. We brought our Breyer horses for the kids to play with," Heather Fanucchi said. "Seeing the smiles on their faces the excitement that they get coming through the gates makes it all worth it."

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