The “Scene” At Middleburg Spring Races From May 1; Fans & Tailgaters Return

The 101st edition of the Middleburg Spring Races took place Saturday May 1st at Glenwood Park on a picture perfect afternoon. A total of $220,000 in purse monies were distributed between eight hurdle and timber steeplechase races including the featured $75,000 Temple Gwathmey Stakes (Gr. 2).

Enthusiastic fans and tailgaters were allowed to attend, though limited in numbers compared to past events due to the Governor’s current Covid-policy related to attendance at outdoor sporting events.

Here is a look at the “scene” at Glenwood Park that day which will replicated May 29th during the Virginia Gold Cup Races at Great Meadow. Tailgating spots for that event are now on sale at

Road To Oz (#2) and eventual winner Repeat Repeat (#5) tackle one of 18 fences in the $25,000 Middleburg Hunt Cup race.
Some of the hardware horsemen competed for at Glenwood Park.
Tailgating scene in the area before the final turn heading for home.
Old school wagering took place with quick changing odds.
Doug Fout’s Speed Alert gets a well deserved bath after winning the Filly & Mare Maiden Hurdle, the program’s kickoff event.
Temple Gwathmey Stakes victor Snap Decision, who won his 8th straight race.
Rider Graham Waters with Snap Decision’s connections.
The farthest available tailgate party offered plenty of open space and a great view.
Middleburg Hunt Cup winner Mystic Strike after getting his picture taken for winning the 3 1/4 miles timber stakes.
Winning trainer Madison Meyers — and child —- wait to welcome VEA Maiden Hurdle winner Eryx back to the winners circle.
Jockey Dylan McDonagh answers questions from the media after his win aboard Eryx.
Front stretch tailgating leading toward the officials stand at the finish line.
Middleburg VIP seating area looking out a spectacular view.
Ready Reward enjoys some quiet time before his maiden hurdle race.
Mystic Strike (#1) and Super Saturday (#2, inside) battle early on in the Middleburg Hunt Cup.
Beverages await!
Tailgating took place along the fence line under sunny skies and temperature in the 70’s.