Far Hills Race Meeting Blends Society and Sport
The 93rd 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. 19 at Moorland Farm. Sponsored by Open Road Auto Group, the event benefits Somerset Medical Center.
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 Far Hills Race will feature an expanded concession area this year featuring food trucks from throughout New Jersey. Attendees can also shop for Far Hills Race souvenirs and other specialty items in the Vendor Village.
To ensure that everyone has an enjoyable Race Day experience, the Far Hills Race Meeting Association has established new policies for this year’s event to address alcohol-related issues.
“The safety of spectators has always been a top priority for the Far Hills Race Meeting Association,” said Guy Torsilieri, co-chairman of the association. “Following concerns raised at last year’s event, we worked closely with the Borough of Far Hills and law enforcement over the past year to evaluate the event’s policies and institute new measures that will ensure the safe continuation of this much loved and anticipated tradition.”
Open Road Auto Group has generously donated a new Mercedes Benz to be raffled off on Race Day to benefit Somerset Medical Center. The winning ticket will be drawn before the day’s final race.
“The Far Hills Race Meeting is very special to me and to my family and as equestrians ourselves, we look forward to the event each year,” said Rod Ryan, President & CEO of Open Road Auto Group. “Open Road has been a part of the Races for over 25 years, supporting the very communities that have contributed to our growth and success, and we’re proud to be a part of this time-honored tradition once again.”
Kim Sekora of Bridgewater will sing the National Anthem prior to the race in memory of her mother, who died of cancer.
Since the 1950s, the event has raised more than $18 million for Somerset Medical Center. In recognition of the support of the Far Hills Race Meeting Association – the medical center’s most generous benefactor – Somerset Medical Center named its Steeplechase Cancer Center in the association’s honor. The cancer center, which opened in 2007, features comprehensive outpatient services such as radiation oncology, breast care services, infusion therapy, clinical research studies, nutritional counseling, complementary medicine programs and a boutique with specialty items for cancer patients.