Friday, February 10, 2006
Charlottesville is just two months away from the races at Foxfield, but officials are already laying down the ground rules to keep spectators safe.
Race-goers will get the feel of the overall rule of zero tolerance when they are greeted by state and local police officer immediately after arriving at the race. Officials know it's just a small number of people who break the rules, but say the lawless activities of the race at Foxfield in 2005, will not happen this year.
Twelve groups-- from law enforcement to advocacy to educators-- set the tone for this year's races by saying they'll be inside the races as well as outside. Their goal is to make sure those attending the race to see horses run see just that, and not make it a day being dissatisfied by those who just come to be rowdy after drinking alcohol. The coalition watched a film of last year's crowd causing trouble, and will do everything in their power make sure it does not happen again.
One thing that is new this year is Albemarle County Police will working the crowds on the inside, and Virginia State Police working the crowds on the outside.
The 12 groups in the partnership will have representatives all around the field working as eyes and ears to make sure rules are enforced.
This will be the 28th year of the races at Foxfield. The races will be held on Saturday, April 29, 2006.