On October 17, 2015, over 35,000 horse race enthusiasts gathered at the Moorland farm to celebrate the 95th annual running of the Far Hills Race Meeting.
With world-class racing conditions, this year’s Steeplechase attracted 75 of the finest thoroughbreds, owners, jockeys and trainers in the field. The Far Hills Race Meeting offers one of the largest purses on the National Steeplechase Association circuit totaling $600,000. Individual race purses ranged from $25,000 to $300,000 making it the richest day of Steeplechase in the United States.
This year’s event was dedicated to Elizabeth Mead “Betty” Merck, a long time director of the race who passed away in April at the age of 95. Merck was not only the director of the race; she was a prominent steeplechase owner.
Since the 1950’s, the Far Hills Race has raised more than $18 million to benefit the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset, Steeplechase Cancer Center for the advancement of health care in the region. Named in honor of the Far Hills event, the Steeplechase Cancer Center enables Central Jersey cancer patients to see their doctors, undergo treatments and participate in cancer research studies.