We enjoyed the 86th running of the world famous Virginia Gold Cup steeplechase race on Saturday, May 7, 2011 at Great Meadow in The Plains, Virginia. The Virginia Gold Cup is a grand spring tradition as well as a fixture on the social calendar. Run in Fauquier County since 1922 and attended by over 50,000 spectators, this race is one of the largest and most popular sporting events in the greater Washington metropolitan area. University Row is where DC’s finest watch the races... and where they mingle with fetching women in sundresses and dapper men in pastels. This year, we've moved to a new location on the North Rail with more room, better bus access, and a great view of the course.