MINERAL SPRINGS – Discounted general admission badges for the 24th annual Queen’s Cup Steeplechase are now on sale at the service desks of all Charlotte-area Harris Teeters.
The Queen’s Cup bills itself as one of the top six sporting events in the region and the most anticipated social and sporting events on the Southeast’s calendar. The 24th edition will be held April 27 at Brooklandwood Race Course in Mineral Springs, which is just outside of Waxhaw.
The nonprofit Queen’s Cup is part of the National Steeplechase Association and the event on April 27 will feature some of the best horses, trainers and jockeys in five feature races.
The 2019 Queen’s Cup Steeplechase will benefit the local Alzheimer’s Association for the sixth-consecutive year. The Queen’s Cup has donated close to $1 million to various charities over the years.
Tailgating is a big part of the event and the individual tailgate gatherings are often extravagant with racing fans dressed in elegant outfits. Tailgating spots range from $150 to $695 for groups of 12 and 14 people. Some tailgating sections are already sold out and several other options only have a few spaces left.
One popular tailgating option is the Millennial’s Treehouse. While geared for fans and party-goers ages 21-35, older patrons can also join the fun. A $150 badge includes round-trip chartered bus transportation from the Pineville light rail station to Brooklandwood, catered lunch, complimentary beer and wine and rail viewing. There is also a new non-transportation option for $125.
The Treehouse tailgating option was introduced in 2017 and is a popular option since the light rail system now extends all the way to the UNC Charlotte campus in north Charlotte.
The purse for the five races exceeds $150,000 with the featured race being the Queen’s Cup MPC Chase at 2:40 p.m. The third race is presented by Sonitrol and covers 2 3/8 miles with a purse of $100,000. The Queen’s Cup purse ranks in the top five on the NSA circuit.
On the web: www.queenscup.org.