Virginia Gold Cup Races

Virginia Gold Cup Races

Just a jump away from Loudoun in Fauquier County, a time-honored tradition, the 80th annual International Gold Cup was held on Saturday, Oct. 28 at Great Meadow in The Plains, Va.  The International Gold Cup is one of two annual races sponsored by Virginia Gold Cup Races.

Spectators watched the eight races in lovely weather, and many donned fine attire.  Men were seen in tweed and women in dresses with elaborately decorated hats.

Prizes were awarded at the hat contest for the best racing theme, funniest/most outrageous, most glamorous/elegant, best child — and best men’s showing.

The Jack Russell terrier race exhibition started off the day’s events.

It is also a tradition to tailgate – to eat and drink prior to the race in the parking area.  At the tailgate revelers socialized while eating elegant picnic fare and were often seen drinking Gold Cup’s official drink: The Mint Julep.

Prizes were awarded for the best-decorated tailgates.

Spectators also had the opportunity to wager on the horse to win, show or place in each race.

Doc Cebu, ridden by Hadden Frost and owned by Charles Fenwick Jr. won the $75,000 International Gold Cup race. It was the horse’s 3rd consecutive stakes win and 6th victory overall in his last 7 jump starts.

Virginia Gold Cup Races holds the International Gold Cup in October and the Virginia Gold Cup in May.  Both draw large sellout crowds of nearly 50,000 fans from across the country and internationally.  The Gold Cup races are entrenched in rich history dating back to 1922.

Photo Credit: Virginia Gold Cup website

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