Virginia Gold Cup to Introduce 1922 Club at May 6 Races

All-inclusive experience at one of the top events in the DMV

THE PLAINS, Va., March 29, 2023 –The Virginia Gold Cup, one of the nation’s oldest and largest steeplechase events, celebrates its 98th anniversary, on Saturday, May 6, at Great Meadow, in The Plains. New this year, is the 1922 Club, a premier hospitality tent with prime viewing of Virginia’s most scenic horse racing.  Tickets are on sale now for this VIP tent located on Member’s Hill at $250 per person, and are limited.

The 1922 Club, named after the first Virginia Gold Cup held in 1922, will feature the Virginia Gold Cup races and the Kentucky Derby live-streamed. There will be a catered lunch and an open bar. The tent is complete with a dedicated photographer, an outside viewing area and private restrooms. Additionally, premium parking is available for $100 per vehicle.  

The beneficiary of the 1922 Club is the  NSA Steeplechase Fund, created by former National Steeplechase Association Executive Director John E. Cooper in 1953.  The purpose of the fund is to help those in need in the industry who are currently or were formerly involved in the sport of steeple chase racing. This includes jockeys, farm hands, grooms and others who may be injured and unable to support themselves and their families.

“We are delighted to be able to provide this new VIP venue for this year’s event,” said VGCA Race Chairman Al Griffin. “This will allow groups of friends to gather and enjoy great food and drinks along with great viewing of the races. It also helps sponsor a great cause.”

Steeplechase offers a fast-action sport in a refined social setting. At the Virginia Gold Cup, some of the best horses and jockeys compete over hurdles and timber fences. Held every year on the same date as the Kentucky Derby, it’s Virginia’s equestrian showcase of some of the finest race horses. 

Dress code for the 1922 Club is “smart” or derby-inspired. The event is held rain or shine so rain gear is appropriate if the weather outlook is unfavorable.

Gates open at 10 a.m. with the National Anthem and color guard pre-race at 12:30 p.m. The first of seven horse races will be underway at 1 p.m.

Great Meadow is located just 45 minutes west of Washington, D.C. and is in close proximity to Dulles International Airport. From Washington, D.C., take I-66 west to The Plains exit. Turn left at the end of the ramp onto The Plains Road (Route 245 south), follow signs to Great Meadow which will be on your left. Call 540-347-2612 for additional information or visit the web site at

The 2023 Virginia Gold Cup Races are presented by Atlantic Union Bank, Brown Advisory, Virginia Equine Alliance, VHBPA, Charles Schwab and the Virginia Thoroughbred Association.

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