The Foxfield Races

By: Marcus Washington
By: Marcus Washington

April 29, 2006

The Foxfield Races were held in Charlottesville today, and as sure as there were horses, there was fun. For many people this has been a tradition for decades, and for some, that tradition has been passed down.

Fancy hats, dresses, bow ties, food and of course horses. With that combination, there's no doubt that the Foxfield Races are here.

Twenty-three thousand people filled Foxfield Race Course in Charlottesville to attend The Foxfield Races.

Today is about passing down a tradition for one father. Ross Patterson attended Foxfield the first time while a college student in the 1980's. Today he’s exposing the fun side of the races to his two sons.

“The kids are having a lot of fun--very excited to see the horses and they just love being outside so it’s just great for that,” said Patterson

It was a great day for all those who attended today's event. For several of them they say it's about a day at the races and a class reunion all in one.

"My friends up in Arlington [Virginia] organized a bus of 50 of us graduates from JMU (James Madison University) to come down today, so we're excited to be here,” said Allison Bacon, Foxfield attendee.

It’s excitement from the races and people that keep attendees like Patterson say will bring them back year after year.

Saturday’s big race winner at The Foxfield Races was Lucky Chap with jockey Carl Rafter. Foxfield will donate some of its proceeds to City Center for the Contemporary Arts.

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