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Far Hills Race Meeting

Far Hills Race Meeting is a horse-racing track in Far Hills, New Jersey, United States. It opened in 1870, at Montclair.

Saratoga Race Course

Saratoga Race Course is a horse-racing track in Saratoga Springs, New York, United States. It opened on August 3, 1863, and is the oldest organized sporting venue of any kind in the United States. It is typically open for racing from late July through early September.

History

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 the tradition of these clubs, the Essex Fox Hounds established an event to thank the farmers and landowners who allowed them to hunt on their property. The Farmer’s Day Race Meeting, as it became known, included the New Jersey Hunt Cup Steeplechase, which remains on the Far Hills Race Meeting card today.

In 1916, the event moved from the original club site to the Grant B. Schley estate, known as Moorland Farm. Today, Moorland Farm is also home to the property’s second event, the Essex Horse Trials, a 2-day event weekend for riders and their horses to compete in a 3-phase competition including Dressage, Cross-Country, and Show Jumping.

The National Steeplechase Association also become legal for pari-mutuel wagering by running the Far Hills meet under the license of Monmouth Park, the seasonal track in Oceanport, NJ. In addition, the New York Racing Association has joined with Far Hills to offer an all-stakes Pick 4, with bettors wagering on the winners of four consecutive races, two at Belmont Park and two at Far Hills.

Far Hills Race Meeting is New Jersey’s premier social and sporting event, the world’s finest steeplechases, and offers the largest purses in the industry. It hosts The Grand National steeplechase, the most prestigious race in American steeplechasing. It operates over 34 races each year from March through November. Moreover, it has also donated more than $18 million to support local healthcare organizations.

After the temporary cancellation of meetings at Far Hills due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the horse race returns in October 2021. Last year’s summer race was supposed to be the 100th meeting but was canceled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The 100th edition was instead staged in 2021 at the borough’s Moorland Farms.

Track Details

It has a Vendor Village, which offers various merchants a wide range of merchandise, including beautiful jewelry, unique hats, outdoor gear, luxury outerwear, and more. There are also Food Trucks available: Empanada Guy, Grain & Cane, and Playa Bowls.

For catering services, there are Black River Catering, The Catering Company, Crystal Bay Café, Delicious Heights, Food Company Catering & Special Events, Food Trends Catering & Events, Kings Catering – Bedminster, The Meadow Wood, Metropolitan Seafood & Gourmet, Minuteman Smokehouse & Grill, Monterey Fine Foods, and Redwoods Catering.

Gate #1 is available for Green Parking Hangtags until noon. Afterward, it will be closed, and Gates #2, #4, or #5 are open.

History

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 the tradition of these clubs, the Essex Fox Hounds established an event to thank the farmers and landowners who allowed them to hunt on their property. The Farmer’s Day Race Meeting, as it became known, included the New Jersey Hunt Cup Steeplechase, which remains on the Far Hills Race Meeting card today.

In 1916, the event moved from the original club site to the Grant B. Schley estate, known as Moorland Farm. Today, Moorland Farm is also home to the property’s second event, the Essex Horse Trials, a 2-day event weekend for riders and their horses to compete in a 3-phase competition including Dressage, Cross-Country, and Show Jumping.

The National Steeplechase Association also become legal for pari-mutuel wagering by running the Far Hills meet under the license of Monmouth Park, the seasonal track in Oceanport, NJ. In addition, the New York Racing Association has joined with Far Hills to offer an all-stakes Pick 4, with bettors wagering on the winners of four consecutive races, two at Belmont Park and two at Far Hills.

Far Hills Race Meeting is New Jersey’s premier social and sporting event, the world’s finest steeplechases, and offers the largest purses in the industry. It hosts The Grand National steeplechase, the most prestigious race in American steeplechasing. It operates over 34 races each year from March through November. Moreover, it has also donated more than $18 million to support local healthcare organizations.

After the temporary cancellation of meetings at Far Hills due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the horse race returns in October 2021. Last year’s summer race was supposed to be the 100th meeting but was canceled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The 100th edition was instead staged in 2021 at the borough’s Moorland Farms.

Track Details

It has a Vendor Village, which offers various merchants a wide range of merchandise, including beautiful jewelry, unique hats, outdoor gear, luxury outerwear, and more. There are also Food Trucks available: Empanada Guy, Grain & Cane, and Playa Bowls.

For catering services, there are Black River Catering, The Catering Company, Crystal Bay Café, Delicious Heights, Food Company Catering & Special Events, Food Trends Catering & Events, Kings Catering – Bedminster, The Meadow Wood, Metropolitan Seafood & Gourmet, Minuteman Smokehouse & Grill, Monterey Fine Foods, and Redwoods Catering.

Gate #1 is available for Green Parking Hangtags until noon. Afterward, it will be closed, and Gates #2, #4, or #5 are open.

History

John Hunter, who became the first chairman of The Jockey Club, and William R. Travers built Saratoga Race Course. The original track was built across Union Avenue from the present Saratoga Race Course at the current location of the Oklahoma Track (training track), which opened the following year. Since 1864 the track has been the site of the Travers Stakes, the oldest major thoroughbred horse race in the United States, which is the main draw of the annual summer race meeting. The Saratoga meet originally consisted of only four days, but over time was lengthened, and for many years, the meet lasted for four weeks. In the 1990’s it was lengthened to five weeks. Today it is a six-week meeting ending on Labor Day. In 2009, NYRA extended the 2010 racing meet by 4 days. From 1943 to 1945, racing was not held at Saratoga Race Course due to travel restrictions during the war. During those years, the stakes races that would have been run at Saratoga Race Course were contested at Belmont Park instead.

Saratoga Race Course has two well-known nicknames — The Spa (for the nearby mineral springs), and the “Graveyard of Champions” (for the upsets that have occurred there). Man o’ War suffered his only defeat in 21 starts while racing at Saratoga Race Course; Secretariat was defeated at Saratoga Race Course by Onion after winning the Triple Crown; and Gallant Fox was beaten by 100-1 long shot Jim Dandy in the 1930 Travers Stakes. In 1999, Saratoga Race Course was rated as Sports Illustrated’s #10 sports venue of the 20th Century.

As is the case with the other two tracks operated by the New York Racing Association – Aqueduct and Belmont Park – there are three separate tracks in the main course at Saratoga Race Course.

Contact

  • 50 US-202, Far Hills, NJ 07931, United States

  • Phone: +1 908-234-9115

  • https://farhillsrace.org/

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