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Outstanding in their Field
For 96 years, Moorland Farm, in the borough of Far Hills, New Jersey, has hosted the Far Hills Race Meeting every October (except during World War II). One of the most prestigious steeplechase events in the country, with a $550,000 purse and crowds of up to 40,000, the event began as a small get-together at which the Essex Fox Hounds, a local hunting club, thanked the farmers who let the club hunt foxes in their fields. At this celebrated gathering, the tailgating is almost as competitive as the steeplechase.
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A Friendly Wager
Because there is no formal betting stand, friends wager among themselves, referring to the program to pick horses.
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Raising the Bar
Some experienced tailgaters convert the back of their vehicles into fully stocked bars.
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One with the Works
Dave DiSabato, who has been attending the races since he was eight years old, sets out a Bloody Mary bar complete with celery, horseradish, beef jerky, and artichokes.
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The secret behind DiSabato's Bloody Marys: clam-juice-spiked Sting Ray Spicy Bloody Mary Mixer, from Maryland's Blue Crab Bay Co.
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Fun for All Ages
Spectators crowd the rail of the track.
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Back in the Saddle
A jockey mounts his steed.
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If the Shoe Fits
Horseshoes sit at the ready.
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Though jeans and boots are necessities in this grassy (and often muddy) setting, race-day visitors make an effort to dress up their denim.
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A Packed Lineup
Typically, six races are run over the course of the day, including the Peapack, which takes its name from a nearby town.
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Spectators like to play peacock, with many men dressing up in hats, bow ties, and other natty garb.Read More about the Far Hills Race Meeting at Moorland Farm
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