International Gold Cup Returns to Great Meadow on October 28

Tickets now on sale for the 86th running

WARRENTON, Va., Sep. 6 2023—The International Gold Cup, one of the largest steeplechase events in the U.S., returns to Great Meadow on Saturday, Oct. 28. Gates open at 10 a.m. with the first race at noon. Tickets are now for sale online with special packages and sponsorships also available, or by calling 540-347-2612.

New this fall is the 1922 Club, a special VIP ticket that provides a special venue with great viewing of the race and food and drink. Space is limited so tickets must be purchased early. Parking is in addition at $100. Tickets may be purchased here.

The fall International Gold Cup has become the premier fall event in the state,” said Al Griffin, co-chairman of the Virginia Gold Cup Association that oversees both the spring and fall events. “It is just breathtaking to be there in person where you can hear the hoofbeats and see the horses and jockeys as well as the spectacular fall foliage around the area.”

Virginia is the heart of America’s horse industry. Steeped in history and agriculture, the state has long been known for its advancement of the American Thoroughbred and other breeds. According to the Virginia Horse Industry Board, there are more than 215,000 horses in Virginia.

“While the International Gold Cup is a huge fall social outing for many attendees, it also helps to support the equine industry in our region,” Griffin added.

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The 2023 International Gold Cup Races are presented by Brown Advisory,  Riverbed Technology, Virginia Equine Alliance, Virginia Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, Virginia Thoroughbred Association and the Virginia Equine Alliance.


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About the International Gold Cup

The International Gold Cup, held every October on the same race course as its spring counterpart, the Virginia Gold Cup, is one of the largest steeplechase race meets in the country. Initially created as a venue for international participants, it still awards the highly coveted King of Spain annual trophy. The race meet includes many international jockeys and trainers who train in the U.S.  It is also one of the first steeplechase meets to have sanctioned pari-mutuel wagering in the Commonwealth. Known for its quality racing, spectacular scenery and lavish tailgating, the event attracts more than 45,000 spectators annually.  It is held at Great Meadow in The Plains, Va., approximately 45 minutes west of Washington, D.C. in the heart of Virginia horse country. For more information visit