It’s official. The Far Hills Races in New Jersey are on for 2021. And they’re back in a big way. American steeplechase’s premier event, which was canceled last year due to Covid-19, will celebrate its centennial at Moorland Farm with a six-race, all-stakes hurdle card.
In fact, race day at Far Hills will be the richest of the year on the National Steeplechase Association tour, with $400,000 in total purses on the line.
Anchoring the event is the race that has helped crown so many champions, the Grade 1, $150,000 Grand National, which will be run as race five on the program. The day will begin with the $25,000 Gladstone for three-year-olds, a race that often showcases the stars of tomorrow. The second is $50,000 Harry Harris for four-year-olds. Next comes the $50,000 Peapack, which draws the sport’s top filly and mare runners. The Foxbrook Champion hurdle, open to novice competitors in the early stages of their careers, carries a $75,000 purse. The day concludes with the $50,000 Appleton Handicap, an open stake for highly rated jumpers.
“It was a huge disappointment to have to cancel last year’s centennial,” said Far Hills Race Chairman Guy Torsilieri. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to be back this year, picking up the annual tradition where we left off. We look forward to an all-stakes championship card with the highest purses on the National Steeplechase Circuit. Along with the races themselves, we are currently working to make the event an unforgettable milestone anniversary for our loyal racegoers.”
For ticketing, tailgating, and other information, visit https://farhillsrace.org/