96th Running of the Virginia Gold Cup Races

Photos by John Nelson

The 96th Running of the Virginia Gold Cup Races was held on Saturday, May 29th, 2021, in The Plains, Virginia, at Great Meadows. While the limited crowd size may have made things feel different from prior years, the energy and excitement were unmatched as fans cheered on in one of the area’s first in-person events after a long, challenging year of social distancing with little to no human interactions.

Hadden Frost rides Schoodic to the winner’s circle in The Virginia Gold Cup
Hadden Frost rides Schoodic
Megan Connolly interviews jockey Hadden Frost
Compass Zone / Sean McDermott in Yellow and Green Blocks leads the field over brush
Jockey Courtney Dankanich in the eighth race, Maiden Claiming Hurdle
Opening Ceremony Color Guard
Perfect Tapatino ridden by Thomas Garner wins the first race, The Virginia Equine Alliance Maiden Hurdle
Ready to present the trophy for the second race
Air Lift under Barry Foley leads the group through the narrow spaces following the 10th brush hurdle in Maiden Claiming Hurdle