FAR HILLS, NJ — The annual Far Hills Race Meeting has become the latest casualty of COVID-19.
The annual steeplechase horse race known as "The Hunt" was to have had its 100th running in October, but the continuing state-imposed restrictions on the size of outdoor gatherings precipitated cancellation of the event.
The races annually attract upwards of 30,000 spectators, but the limit on outdoor gatherings in New Jersey due to COVID-19 presently is 500. When NFL football games resume at MetLife Stadium in September, those will be contested with no fans in the stands because of Governor Phil Murphy's restrictions on outdoor crowd sizes.
"After months of careful consideration and developing several contingency plans to properly adhere to restrictions for outdoor events, we are now faced with the realization that postponing the Centennial Celebration is the only option," reads a message posted on the farhillsrace.org website.
The next Far Hills Race Meeting has been rescheduled for Oct. 21, 2021. Over the years, Far Hills Race Meeting has raised more than $18 million to support local health-care organizations.