From the FAQS section of the Foxfield Steeplechase website:
Q. What should I wear? A. You’ll see everything from “Sunday Best” to “Country Casual” for both men and woman. Women lean towards dresses, men are usually in shirt and tie often paired with khaki shorts. Hats are a favorite of many who attend the races!
Q. Is food available at the races? A. We encourage you to bring food and beverages and tailgate during race day.
Q. When/Where can I purchase Foxfield Merchandise? A. There will be Foxfield souvenir stands in the Purple and Green sections during the race day or you may contact the race office if you would like to purchase merchandise prior to the race.
Sporty attire! Hats! Tailgating! Souvenirs! Fun for all – indeed, Foxfield bills it “Family Day at the Races”! (photo gallery here)
Now, here is the Stewards’ Report for the October 4 event:
“BOLD ESCAPE fell at the second last [fence] after meeting it wrong, getting in close, hooking his knees and sustaining a rotational fall resulting in a possible broken neck and was dead when examined by the course vet.”
“possible broken neck…dead when examined by the vet”
Still, the stewards appended this note to their report: “The course was in excellent condition…. It looks to continue to improve with the current management.” Just one minor hiccup, huh? Disgusting. And to those parents who patronize these “family events” where fully sentient beings are killed in the most horrific of ways, I humbly and respectfully ask: Any regrets, guilt, shame? If not, why, how?