Reserve and general parking tickets have gone on sale for the 60th running of the Virginia Gold Cup steeplechase classic on Saturday, May 4, at the race's new permanent home at Great Meadow near The Plains.

Proceeds from the races this year will go to volunteer fire and rescue squads.

The Virginia Gold Cup races moved to Great Meadow this year after operating for half a century at the Broadview course in Warrenton.

Post time is 1:30 p.m., but gates will open at 10 a.m. Irish race announcer Michael O'Hehir will be calling the races.

There are seven races on the 1985 card, with the sixth race the featured Virginia Gold Cup. This race, run over timber, carries a $15,000 purse. Total purse for all races is $45,000.

Other races include four run over hurdles, one other over timber and one flat race.

Special events during the day include pony races, which begin at 12.30 p.m., and a "retirement gallop" of former Gold Cup winners.

Great Meadow, a 500-acre nature preserve and steeplechase course, opened last October. It is managed by the board of trustees of Meadow Outdoors Foundation, a nonprofit corporation.

The land was deeded to the foundation by its president, Arthur W. Arundel, who lives in The Plains and owns five area newspapers.

Advance general parking passes for the Virginia Gold Cup classic sell for $7; the price will be $10 on race day.

Tickets are available at several outlets in Fauquier and Loudoun counties.

Reserved or general parking spaces may be purchased by writing to Virginia Gold Cup, P.O. Box 1051, Warrenton, Va. 22186, or by calling (703) 347-2612.