Why Watch the Derby on TV, When You Can Go To the Virginia Gold Cup?

You could hear the music and cheering crowds for miles around at the 88th Annual Virginia Gold Cup on Saturday, May 4th, 2013, as thousands upon thousands of Beltway-area residents converged upon Great Meadow in The Plains, Virginia.  While the rest of the United States focuses on probably the most well known horse race of the year — The Kentucky Derby — Virginians, and their neighbors, have a race of their own.  The Virginia Gold Cup this year featured six professional steeplechase races (five hurdles and one timber), along with a Junior Riders race, a Jack Russell Terrier race, and the famed Hat Contest.

Results: 1st Race (The Infinitive Steeplethon) — Winner: THE EDITOR [Horse]/Jeff Murphy [Jockey] | 2nd Race (The BMW Chase) — Winner: BONDED (IRE)/Danielle Hodsdon [Jockey] | 3rd Race (The M.C. Dean Chase) — Winner: SACRED SOUL [Horse]/Paddy Young [Jockey] | Fourth Race (The Hogan Lovells Cup) — Winner: BRAVE PROSPECT [Horse]/Sean Flanagan [Jockey] | 5th Race (The Virginia Gold Cup) — Winner: GRINDING SPEED [Horse]/Mark Beecher [Jockey] | 6th Race (The United Airlines Hurdle) — Winner: GAWAARIB [Horse]/Robert Walsh [Jockey]. See the full results from the National Steeplechase Association here.

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