Far Hills joins TV coverage on Fox Sports

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Snap Decision headlines the American Grand National at Far Hills, which will be part of the America’s Day at the Races television coverage on the Fox Sports networks. Tod Marks photo

Edited NYRA Press Release

America’s Day at the Races, the acclaimed national television show produced by the New York Racing Association, Inc. in partnership with Fox Sports, will once again present live coverage and on-site analysis of the Far Hills Race Meeting, the storied one-day steeplechase event that highlights the American steeplechase calendar. 

The 101st Far Hills Steeplechase Race Meeting will offer $575,000 in purses and include six stakes among seven races to be run at Moorland Farm in Far Hills, N.J.

Highlighted by the Grade 1 $250,000 American Grand National, the richest and most prestigious race on the National Steeplechase Association schedule. The one-day meet at Far Hills is the marquis event in American steeplechase racing. 

Nine horses were entered for the 2 5/8-mile Grand National, which dates to 1899, led by leading American steeplechaser Snap Decision (a two-time Grade 1 winner this year) and Irish visitor Hewick (who won the Galway Plate this summer at home). Post time for the Grand National, the sixth race on the card, is 4:05 p.m.

The Grand National is one of six jump races – for 3-year-olds, 4-year-olds, novices, handicappers and maidens – on the card which starts at 12:50 p.m.

In addition, this year’s Far Hills meet will honor the late John Forbes, a longtime trainer based at Monmouth Park and a past president of the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association. The day’s only flat race will be the inaugural $100,000 John Forbes Memorial at 2 miles on the turf. Forbes passed away at the age of 73 on January 31, 2021. Entrants include millionaire flat horse Cross Border, a multiple Grade 2 winner for trainer Mike Maker now in the barn of Keri Brion.

NYRA host Acacia Clement will anchor the coverage from Far Hills joined by journalist Joe Clancy with Richard Migliore reporting throughout the afternoon. America’s Day at the Races, which will include all the Saturday action from Belmont at the Big A, will begin at 12:30 p.m. 

Since the Phillies did not sweep the Atlanta Braves in the National League Division Series, and there will be a Game 4 Saturday, America’s Day at the Races will air on FS2 from 12:30-5:30 p.m.

In addition to stateside coverage on Saturday afternoon, Fox Sports will present live coverage of British Champions Day from Ascot on FS1 from 8:30 a.m. to noon Eastern. Now in its eighth year, QIPCO British Champions Day, is the richest day on the British racing calendar. The lucrative card is highlighted by two Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” Challenge Series events with the winners earning automatic and free entry to the Breeders’ Cup World Championships on November 4 and 5 at Keeneland Race Course. The winner of the Group 1, £1.1 million [$1.23 million] Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at 1 mile, scheduled for 10:10 a.m., heads to the Grade 1, $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile; with the winner of the 10-furlong Group 1, £1.3 million [$1.45 million] QIPCO Champion Stakes, set for 10:50 a.m., qualifying for the Grade 1, $4 million Breeders’ Cup Turf.  

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