March 16, 2020

The 95th Running of the Virginia Gold Cup – POSTPONED to Saturday, June 20, 2020.

Based on the latest CDC recommendations for events over 50 people and the declarations issued by the Governor of Virginia, we have made the difficult decision to postpone our races from Saturday, May 2, to Saturday, June 20.  All pre-purchased tickets for the May 2nd date will be honored on June 20. 

We recognize the need to pull together and be vigilant in protecting each other from infection.  On June 20, we will be implementing measures to ensure that protection will happen.

These are unprecedented times and we appreciate your patience and support.  If anything changes, we will let you know.  

We look forward to enjoying the races with our guests on June 20th.

The Virginia Gold Cup Association

Board of Directors


03/17/2020 Updated Office Hours The Virginia Gold Cup offices will be open from 9am - 3pm to address any scheduling issues that have arose with the new race date. If you are calling before or after these times please leave a message and we will get back with you as soon as possible. You may also email info@vagoldcup.com. Our office can be reached at 540.347.2612
03/14/2020 2020 Race Statement The Virginia Gold Cup Association issued the following statement regarding COVID-19 and the status of the 2020 Virginia Gold Cup. “During times of uncertainty, our traditions provide a great sense of comfort. We realize, that for many of you, the Virginia Gold Cup races are a treasured annual tradition, and for others, a bucket-list experience. The time-honored traditions of the Virginia Gold Cup are as much about the fans as the race itself. We recognize that the impact of this iconic event extends well beyond the historic racetrack of Great Meadows. The Virginia Gold Cup is a cherished and important time for the county of Fauquier and the Commonwealth of Virginia. We are mindfully aware of our fans, who travel from great distances to join us, as well as our valued employees, whose most intense preparations to host a world-class event begin now. For these reasons, we have been working carefully and diligently with relevant health experts and authorities to ensure we make the most responsible decision regarding the timing of the 95th Virginia Gold Cup this year. We thank you for your patience and are committed to providing regular communication and transparency as we move forward. This is not a decision we take lightly and we expect to have an update about the Virginia Gold Cup races and additional information on our upcoming Spring Race in the coming week. Our hearts are with those near and far who have been affected. Thank you for being a part of the Virginia Gold Cup family.”

Race Sponsors

Hogan Lovells VHBPA Virginia Equine Alliance Brown Advisory VTA MC Dean Marriott Ranch

Tailgating & Activities

Tailgating at the Virginia Gold Cup races is a time-honored tradition, so make the most of the day and participate in the Tailgate Contest. The best tailgates have a theme, decorations and special food and drink recipes. Reserved tailgating spots are available on the North Rail, South Rail, and on Members Hill.

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Online tent and ticket sales will begin on January 6, 2020. The Tent Member and Reserved Space renewal date deadline is February 17, 2020. Upgrade requests and first time purchases will be place on our paid waiting list as they are received. For help in selecting your perfect Gold Cup ticket package, please call the Virginia Gold Cup Office at 540.347.2612

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