Big things are happening over at Far Hills Race Meeting! New Jersey state and local officials have approved pari-mutuel wagering at the industry-leading steeplechase race meet, starting in 2017.
“Far Hills wishes to thank all those who have made it possible for Far Hills to offer pari-mutuel wagering to its on-site patrons and to steeplechase fans around the globe beginning in 2017,” Far Hills Chairman Guy J. Torsilieri said.
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, draws 35,000 spectators to the Borough of Far Hills.
While the short timetable will not permit wagering on Saturday, Oct. 15, the meet will be under the supervision of the New Jersey Racing Commission, and Far Hills officials will have the opportunity to assess needs for providing a full menu of wagering options in 2017.
Torsilieri said that Far Hills Mayor Paul Vallone and Borough Council members were instrumental in obtaining wide support for Far Hills wagering. “Dr. Vallone and the Borough Council were crucial to our effort,” Torsilieri said. “They had the foresight to see how enhancements at Far Hills will benefit the race meet itself and the community.”
Proceeds from the daylong series of races benefits healthcare in the region, including RWJBarnabas Health and Cancer Support Community Central NJ.
To learn more, head over to FarHillsRace.org.