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Police Increase Security for Foxfield Spring Races

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Organizers and police are making final preparations for an annual tradition.  Hundreds of officers will be on duty for the 35th Foxfield Spring Races in Albemarle County Saturday.

Albemarle County police and the Foxfield Racing Association are estimating around 20,000 people will fill the fields. 

Around 200 law enforcement officers will be directing traffic and patrolling the area including Albemarle police, state police, University of Virginia police and ABC agents. Private security staff has also been hired to help make sure participants are safe. 

Foxfield's race director of 23 years Patrick Butterfield says there is increased security for Saturday.

"I think there has been an increase in the presence because of what happened in Boston and events of this type obviously are subject to problems, so they've brought in some more people and they brought in some dogs to look for explosives and things like that," said Butterfield.

The $200,000 security plan also focuses heavily on making sure participants are drinking responsibly and have designated drivers.

"Our biggest message around Foxfield is to plan ahead, make sure you have a safe way to get home and then this idea of be smart, pace yourselves, get some snack foods, get some food in yourselves ahead of time so you don't have problems," said Susan Bruce, director of the Gordie Center for Substance Abuse Prevention.

Organizers say new additions like free snacks donated by Whole Foods and ATMs near the shuttle stations will help people have a safe Foxfield experience.

Albemarle County police say that traffic around the area will be affected all day. Officers will be directing traffic along Barracks Road, Garth Road and Free Union Road.


Albemarle County Police Department

The Albemarle County Police Department is preparing for the Foxfield Spring Race and would like to
share some information regarding this event. The Spring running of the Foxfield Races will be held on Saturday, April 27th, 2013. This year, we anticipate 15,000 – 25,000 people to attend the event. The gates open at 9:00 am and the first race is scheduled to begin at 1:30 pm.

Traffic will be impacted by the influx of cars and buses traveling to the event. Expect significant delays the entire day. Officers will be directing traffic along Barracks Road and Garth Road and also Free Union Road. If you are not attending the races, please avoid these areas.

The Albemarle County Police Department will work closely with local and state law enforcement, and several private partners, to ensure that this event is safe for spectators, guests and participants.

The event will be staffed with resources from the Albemarle County Police Department, State
Police, Albemarle County Sheriff's Office, UVA Police, Virginia ABC Bureau of Law Enforcement,
representatives from the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail, Emergency Communications Center, Fire & Rescue, CERT volunteers, civilian staff and IT support. The Foxfield Race Association has hired Cerberus Productions (CP) and Event Staffing Inc (ESI) to enforce private property rules, regulations and policies.

We would like to encourage everyone to plan in advance of this event. Please drink responsibly and have a designated driver if you do plan on drinking. We will be working hard to ensure that everyone is safe and has an enjoyable day at the races. Please do your part to help us in this endeavor.

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