Scenes From the Middleburg Fall Races at Glenwood Park
Virginia’s fall steeplechase season kicked off with a pair of rescheduled Point-to-Points on consecutive weekends in September. The Old Dominion Hounds was held at Ben Venue Farms September 12 followed by the Blue Rudge Hunt at Woodley Farm in Berryville September 19. Both were originally slated be held in spring.
The season continued with sanctioned jump meets in Charlottesville and Middleburg on back-to-back weekends in early October that were held without spectators. Foxfield returned to action October 4 on a beautiful fall day with seven races and $55,000 in purse monies. Their spring meet was canceled due to Covid-19. The Middleburg Fall Races were held at Glenwood Park October 10 and $115,000 in purse monies were distributed over nine races.
Virginia-bred Curve of Stones captured the featured $25,000 National Sporting Library and Museum Cup Stakes at Glenwood in thrilling fashion. The 9-year-old Arch gelding faced seven others in the 3 1/4 miles test on the timber. David Rourke’s trainee was sixth at the two-mile mark and moved to third at the final fence, trailing leading Mustic Strike by two lengths. Those two battled to the finish and Curve of Stones was a neck the best in 6:36.60. The winner is out of the El Prado mare, Exceptionally. He was bred by Audley Farm Equine, is owned by Sarah Rebecca Shepherd and was ridden by Barry Foley.
Virginia’s fall season concludes with the International Gold Cup card at Great Meadow in The Plains on Saturday October 24. Like most other equine events this year, the program will be held without spectators. Live video streaming of the races will be available at nationalsteeplechase.com.
Here ‘s a look back at Middleburg’s Fall Races courtesy of photographer Douglas Lees.