Virginia Gold Cup Races at Great Meadow in The Plains

Date: May 29, 2021
Time: 9:00 am  to  7:00 pm

The Virginia Gold Cup Races  will be held at at Great Meadow in The Plains per normal this spring, but on a different date than in past years —  on Saturday May 29, 2021. Due to the Covid pandemic, the date was moved back from its traditional “First Saturday in May”. Tailgating and ticketing policies will temporarily change from past years as well.

A combination of timber and hurdle races will be contested per normal including the featured Virginia Gold Cup race itself.

On a normal year, a crowd of 60,000 would gather at Great Meadow to watch and wager the action. This year, a percentage of that will be allowed based on the Governor’s  most recent capacity limits for outdoor events. Plans are to accommodate 17,000-plus fans though.

Tailgating spaces are first come, first serve as a result and are available at Members Hill ($675), and North or South Rails ($500). Each package includes 10 wristbands, 1 tailgate car pass and 2 general admission car passes.  For the most updated details on the 2021 Virginia Gold Cup, call the Gold Cup Office at 540.347.2612 or visit

Betting is normally available on all the Gold Cup races.


Creativity is encouraged in the annual Fancy Hat Contest which will return in future editions.