The Virginia Fall races be held Saturday, Oct. 10 at Glenwood Park. For the first time in its 66-year history, the steeplechase race will be held without spectators, however a free live stream of all races will be provided by the National Steeplechase Association.
Only owners, trainers, riders, grooms, officials, and staff will be allowed to attend.
The Virginia Fall Races has run at Glenwood Park near Middleburg since 1955. The Virginia Fall Races benefits Inova Loudoun Hospital Foundation and has consistently contributed more money to the foundation than any other sporting event.
As the COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically affected the equine industry nationwide with the cancellation of race meets throughout the spring, the Virginia Fall Races Committee made the decision to run without spectators to provide the horsemen a much-needed competition venue.
“We are very lucky to have a strong group of dedicated advocates who worked tirelessly to make the Fall Races a reality during this uncertain time,” said Punkin Lee, Chairman of the Virginia Fall Races. “While we are saddened that we cannot include our enthusiastic racing fans in this year’s meet, the live feed is the next best thing and we look forward to having spectators back in 2021.”
“We are grateful to the Virginia Equine Alliance, Temple Gwathmey Foundation, National Sporting Library and Museum, The McCormick Family, The Bonnie Family, Virginia HBPA, and the National Steeplechase Association for their unwavering support of not only the Virginia Fall Races, but of the entire racing industry,” she said.
Racing fans will find the live stream on Oct. 10 through the National Steeplechase Association at www.nationalsteeplechase.com.
The Virginia Fall Races has run at Glenwood Park in Middleburg since 1955. The Virginia Fall Races benefits INOVA Loudoun Hospital Foundation in nearby Leesburg and has consistently contributed more money to the foundation than any other sporting event.