A day filled with color and speed marked the 87th Virginia Gold Cup races.
May 5, 2012 Contestants in the best hat competition jostle for position as judges walk by during the Virginia Gold Cup at Great Meadow in The Plains. Thousands of people turned out for the steeplechase races, which is one of the largest outdoor social events in the Washington area. The Virginia Gold Cup, which dates back to 1922, celebrates the hunt country traditions of Northern Virginia. Tracy A. Woodward/The Washington Post Buy Photo