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Nation’s Most Prestigious Steeplechase Race Set for Oct. 17th in Far Hills

The 95th annual Far Hills Race Meeting – the country’s most prestigious steeplechase event and one of New Jersey’s beloved social events — will be held Saturday, Oct. 17th at Moorland Farm. The event is cosponsored by Open Road Auto Group and Peapack-Gladstone Bank. The event benefits healthcare in the region, and Somerset Health Care Foundation, which supports Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset in Somerville.

The highlight of the day’s six races is the Grand National, steeplechasing’s richest race which draws a highly competitive field of premier horses from around the world. Spectators create unique and often extravagant fall picnic areas in their reserved parking spots, complete with beautiful floral center pieces, haybale seating, ice carvings and culinary feasts.

A special Family Area offers ample room for families to enjoy a fall day in the country. The Chairman’s Tent provides elegant dining with panoramic views of the race from the hilltop. Attendees can also shop for Far Hills Race souvenirs and other specialty items in the Vendor Village.

Open Road Auto Group has generously donated a new car to be raffled off on Race Day to benefit Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset. The winning ticket will be drawn before the day’s final race.

Since the 1950s, the event has raised more than $18 million for Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset, formerly known as Somerset Medical Center. In recognition of the support of the Far Hills Race Meeting Association – the hospital’s most generous benefactor – the hospital named its Steeplechase Cancer Center in the association’s honor.

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. To purchase tickets or for a list of ticket sale locations, visit