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

FAR HILLS, NJ – The 95th running of the Far Hills Race Meeting – the country’s premier steeplechase – is set for Oct. 17 at beautiful Moorland Farm. The event is cosponsored by Open Road Auto Group and Peapack-Gladstone Bank. The event, which draws some 35,000 spectators each year, benefits healthcare in the region, and Somerset Health Care Foundation, which supports Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset in Somerville.

The race meeting draws a highly competitive, international field of horses to compete in the day’s six races, which this year will feature a record total purse of $600,000.  The day’s premier race is the Grand National, the country’s richest race with a purse of $300,000.

The event is considered a must-attend social event of the fall season and draws fans from around the country to the rolling hills of Somerset County, NJ.

Spectators create unique and often extravagant fall picnic areas in their reserved parking spots, replete with all the trappings of a fall festival including beautiful floral center pieces, carved pumpkin ice buckets, hay bale 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.

Credentialed media is welcomed at the event. For more details on the event or information on press credentials, email Darryl Isherwood at  or 908-507-7891

A media tent will be available to credentialed press representatives on the day of the event.

About the Event

The Far Hills Race Meeting traces its origins to the Essex Hunt, a fox hunting event founded in Montclair, NJ 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 — today 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. To purchase tickets or for a list of ticket sale locations, visit