New Look Foxfield Steeplechase Meet Features $50,000 Stake, $135,000 in Total Purses

The Foxfield Races are a Charlottesville, Va. institution of nearly a half century that almost came to an end when the land the course sits on was about to be sold to developers. But a group of area supporters banded together to preserve this local treasure, implementing a new board committed to reinvigorating the Spring and Fall meets and improving the facility.

Saturday’s card features six races, five over hurdles, and a timber maiden, headlined by the $50,000 Daniel Van Clief Memorial Sport of Kings handicap stakes. The race has drawn four entries including Del Rio Chasers’ Razoul, who made his one and only U.S. start a year ago in the $75,000 G2 Temple Gwathmey Stakes at Middleburg, finishing second to Snap Decision. Gill Johnston’s Brianbakescookies, who has earned nearly a quarter-million-dollars in his career, won the Queen’s Cup Novice Stakes last season. Irv Naylor’s Chief Justice enjoyed his breakthrough moment taking the $50,000 Green Pastures Stakes at the Iroquois Races last May, defeating Grade 1 winner Baltimore Bucko. His stablemate Mighty Mark won a handicap for horses rated at 115 or less on the Iroquois card. 

Post time is 12:30 p.m. Click here for the entries:

About Saturday’s live stream

For fans interested in following Saturday’s action via the live stream, you can purchase a single one-day pass that will provide access to all three live events. The Queen’s Cup stream, with live show hosts Mark Johnson and Jimmy Duggan, begins at 1:15 pm. The Foxfield Spring Races will have a live show with host Megan Connolly beginning at 12:15 pm. The Maryland Hunt Cup will stream live starting at 3:45 pm. To sign up, click here: The live stream is sponsored by Brown Advisory, Charleston’s Post & Courier, and the Virginia Equine Alliance.

Photo by Douglas Lees.