Scenes From The Virginia Gold Cup Races At Great Meadow
The 96th running of the Virginia Gold Cup Races took place May 29th at Great Meadow Racecourse in The Plains and it was great to see fans back at the venue after back-to-back events in 2020 without spectators due to the Covid pandemic. Tailgating socials were set up all around the rail and perimeter areas of the massive racing surface. Nine races were held — seven over hurdles and two over timber — and $230,000 in purse monies was distributed.
A pair of $50,000 races co-headlined — the Gold Cup itself, won by 11-year-old Tiznow gelding, Shoodic, and the David Semmes Memorial (Gr. 3) which was won by Irish-bred Galway Kid.
Here are some pictures from Gold Cup Day. After morning rain, clouds and unseasonably cool weather prevailed until the last race when rain returned.
The International Gold Cup is up next on Saturday October 23.