96th Running of Nation’s Premier Steeplechase Race Set for October 15
FAR HILLS, NJ – Saturday, October 15, 2016 marks the 96th running of the Far Hills Race Meeting, featuring an international field of the world’s finest thoroughbreds vying for the richest purses in American steeplechase racing.
The event, sponsored by Open Road Auto Group and Peapack-Gladstone Bank, each fall draws 35,000 spectators to the Borough of Far Hills. Proceeds from the daylong series of races has for decades benefited healthcare in the region, including RWJBarnabas Health and Cancer Support Community Central NJ.
The seven races scheduled for this year will offer a combined purse structure of $700,000, including the $350,000 prize for the Grand National, the country’s leading steeplechase race.
The century-old tradition, held at the cross-roads of Somerset, Hunterdon and Morris counties, is a much-anticipated annual social event throughout the Tri-State area. Those who own coveted tailgate spots or tents gather to entertain family, friends and clients. A special Family Area offers those with children a unique day of fun.
The Chairman’s Pavilion offers a luxury entertainment experience. Located trackside, guests enjoy day- long dining and special activities, protection from the elements and full access to the exclusive Paddock area.
Attendees may also shop at the Vendor Village, featuring a range of high-end merchandise.
Open Road Auto Group has generously donated a luxury car. Raffle tickets are sold on Race Day. Proceeds benefit RWJBarnabas Health. The winning ticket will be drawn before the day’s final race.
Credentialed media are welcome. For information on press credentials, email Darryl Isherwood at email@example.com 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. Advance ticket sales run from September 16th until October 14th. To purchase tickets or for a list of ticket sale locations, visit www.farhillsrace.org.