The Queen's Cup is like no other sporting and social event in the Charlotte region. A Saturday afternoon in the Piedmont countryside each spring is greeted with great anticipation.
Thousands come to see some of the most athletic thoroughbreds compete at speeds of up to 30 miles per hour. The jockeys, dressed in bright colored silks, push their sleek steeds to clear four and a half foot jumps over a two and a quarter to as much as three miles rolling turf course. The prestige of over a record $145,000 in purse money to the winning owners and the opportunity to bask in the glory of the winner's circle is what it's all about from the horse's connections.