With spring in full swing, blooms aplenty and grass colored green again, it’s time for Virginia’s three National Steeplechase Association sanctioned events to take center stage. The Middleburg Spring Races will be contested April 22 at Glenwood Park followed by the Foxfield Races in Charlottesville April 29 and the Virginia Gold Cup on May 6 at Great Meadow in The Plains — which also features Kentucky Derby simulcast wagering.
The Point-to-Point (PTP) season, which began March 4, is in the homestretch with two events remaining — the Loudoun Hunt PTP at Morven Park in Leesburg on April 23 and the Middleburg Hunt PTP at Glenwood Park on April 30. Highlight of early spring action took place at the Old Dominion Hounds PTP April 8 in Washington, Virginia when three NSA sanctioned races took place at the Ben Venue Farm for the first time ever with purses totaling $65,000.
Looking ahead, Colonial Downs will host two jump races every Friday this summer from July 14 – September 8 and for the first time since reopening in 2019, they will be part of the pari-mutuel cards. The steeplechase races will be programmed as races one and two on Fridays. A pair of $75,000 stakes highlights the ’23 summer campaign. The Randolph D. Rouse Filly/Mare Hurdle Stakes for 4 & up is set for August 11 while the inaugural Life’s Illusion Stakes for Fillies/Mares ages 3 & up is part of closing weekend festivities, on September 8.