Tradition-Rich Far Hills Race Meeting Set for Oct. 15

Events / Travel
Elite steeplechase horses convene annually at the Far Hill Race Meeting, which will hold its 96th gathering on Saturday. (Eclipse Sportswire)

The Far Hills Race Meeting will convene for the 96th time at Moorland Farm in northern New Jersey this Saturday, bringing together the top steeplechase horses in North America and an estimated 35,000 fans for races in a setting renowned for its tradition and natural beauty.

Seven races are scheduled for Saturday’s meeting, with the first post at 1 p.m. The card is highlighted by the prestigious $350,000 Grand National Steeplechase, which annually attracts elite jumpers from the U.S. and abroad. Purses for the day’s races total $700,000. 

This year, the Far Hills Race Meeting will be live streamed for the first time. Streaming video will be provided shortly prior to the first race at 1 p.m. and continue through all seven events. Live streaming will be available at www.farhillsrace.org and at the National Steeplechase Association’s website at www.nationalsteeplechase.com. The Far Hills meeting will offer pari-mutuel wagering in 2017.

Live streaming of the races will bring the excitement of what is usually a sold-out event to the global community of steeplechase racing fans, according to Far Hills Race Meeting chairman Guy J. Torsilieri.

“The video feed will be available internationally, and jump-racing fans in Ireland, England, and Europe will have an opportunity to watch our championship-level races,” Torsilieri said. “We’re anticipating international participation in the Grand National, and fans will have a chance to root for their favorites in our premier race.”

The history of the Far Hills Race Meeting dates back to 1870, when the first Essex Hunt fox-hunting event was held in nearby Montclair. The Essex Hunt organizers held a celebratory gathering that featured a steeplechase race, and the event evolved and expanded over the years to become one of the highlights of the region’s fall sporting and social calendars. It has been held at Moorland Farm since 1916, except for a hiatus during World War II.

In addition to tailgating and picnicking, food and entertainment options at this year’s meeting include a diverse array of food trucks and the exclusive Chairman’s Pavilion, which offers paddock and finish line access, reserved seating, brunch and lunch buffets, an open bar, and VIP parking.

Admission on race day is $200, and tickets can be purchased in advance up until Friday, Oct. 14, for $100. Children under 14 accompanied by adults get in free, and parking is $30.

Here are links for directions, advance ticket locations, and guidelines for attending the Far Hills Race Meeting.

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