The Far Hills Race Meeting will celebrate its 97th running on Oct. 21,

FAR HILLS, NJ – The Far Hills Race Meeting will celebrate its 97th running on Oct. 21, drawing a field of the finest horses in the world to vie for the largest purse in American steeplechase racing.

The event, sponsored by Open Road Auto Group and Peapack-Gladstone draws more than 35,000 spectators to the bucolic Borough of Far Hills. Proceeds from the daylong series of races has for decades benefited healthcare in the region, including Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset and Cancer Support Community Central NJ.

The seven races scheduled for this year’s event will offer a record combined purse of $800,000, including the $400,000 prize for the Grand National, the country’s leading steeplechase race and the highlight of the Far Hills Race Meeting.

This historic event, held in bucolic central New Jersey, is among the premier social events of the fall season and draws visitors from throughout the tri-state area. The race offers a premier corporate entertainment venue and the coveted tailgate spots are perfect 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.

Raffle tickets are sold on Race Day for the opportunity to win a luxury car, generously donated by Open Road Auto Group. Proceeds benefit Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset. 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 disherwood@mercuryllc.com or call 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—apart from 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 23rd until October 20th. To purchase tickets or for a list of ticket sale locations, visit www.farhillsrace.org.