Fall Foxfield Races Beat Weather

By: Elizabeth Donatelli
By: Elizabeth Donatelli

September 25, 2005

Rain early in the day couldn't keep people away from this year's Foxfield races. Part of this reason is because the fall season's focus on family.

Foxfield officials spent two weeks preparing for their 4th Annual Family Day event. The weather wasn't perfect, but it didn't stop tailgaters from enjoying the day.

This one's pretty fancy, this one's very nice. They have a lot of good tailgating that goes on here and a lot of people get to know one another," said Sarah Daly of Crozet.

The kids had their own area. From games, to dancing, to arts and crafts--you could hear laughs and screams of delight--but each had his or her own favorite part.

"Riding one of the ponies," said Ellie Muraca who was with her family.

"The horse racing, and fishing for the frisbee...I fished for it," said 5-year-old Daniel Thomas.

"The best part for me is when you're standing right next to the rail and the horses are going by really really fast and the kids kind of like to do some quarter betting. That's kind of cool too," said Carrie McFarlan.

In fact the kids may like it more than the adults.

"I think there's supposed to be a whole bunch of horses jumping fences and stuff," said Muraca.

"They run really fast," explained Thomas.

UVa students also fill the crowd.

"It's a tradition. I mean if you're here in Charlottesville at the law school you have to come out for Foxfield," said 3rd year law student Aryn Thomas.

It didn't matter if they were flat races, jumping races, or dog races--the fans that were out there were lined the track and cheered.

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