This Saturday, October 15 marks the 96th running of the Far Hills Race Meeting, featuring an international field of the world’s finest thoroughbreds contending for the richest purses in American steeplechase racing. This popular event draws 35,000 spectators to the scenic Borough of Far Hills. Proceeds benefit healthcare options in the region, including RWJBarnabas Health and Cancer Support Community Central NJ.
Seven races scheduled offer a combined purse structure of $700,000, including the $350,000 prize for the Grand National, the country’s leading steeplechase race. A longstanding area tradition, the Race Meeting is held at the crossroads of Somerset, Hunterdon and Morris counties. Those who own a tailgate spot or tent gather to entertain family, friends and clients, while a special Family Area offers a day of fun for children. Attendees can also shop at the Vendor Village, featuring a range of high-end merchandise.
The Far Hills Race Meeting traces its origins to the Essex Hunt, a fox hunting event founded in Montclair back in 1870. In 1913, the organizers of the Essex Hunt incorporated as the Essex Fox Hounds. In 1916, the event moved from the original club site to the Grant B. Schley estate, which today is known as Moorland Farm. Eventually becoming the Far Hills Race Meeting, the races have been continually run—with the exception of a short hiatus during World War II—on the same site.
Gates open at 8 a.m. on race day. Post time for the first race is 1 p.m. General admission tickets are $100 in advance or $200 at the gate. Advance ticket sales run through October 14th. To purchase tickets or for a list of ticket sale locations, visit www.farhillsrace.org.
Moorland Farm, the site of the Far Hills Race Meeting, is right across Route 202 from Turpin’s Far Hills Office. We are enormously proud to live and work in the Somerset Hills. If you are interested in Far Hills luxury homes for sale, luxury real estate in New Jersey or luxury homes for sale in the Somerset Hills, contact Turpin at 877-788-7746.
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