Center and the health care community in so many ways. It is our way of saying thanks."Many National Steeplechase Association (NSA) meets benefit charities, but Far Hills takes fund-raising to a new level thanks to attendance that reaches 50,000 and has support from corporate sponsors. Far Hills' contributions have been spent on such projects as a mobile intensive care unit, a new maternity pavilion, and technology enhancements.As the most lucrative of the NSA's 35 race meets, Far Hills also supports Thoroughbred racing. This year, $525,000 in purses will be distributed on a seven-race card that includes the $200,000 Breeders' Cup Steeplechase and five other stakes will be run worth at least $50,000 each."Far Hills means a lot to the steeplechase world, but it means just as much to the community," said Guy Torsilieri, the race meet's co-chairman and a Thoroughbred owner. "Now, all those people who go to the races get to say 'I helped with that cancer center.' It's very gratifying and really puts a great name to why we have the races."A steeplechase bronze will grace the entrance area along with space to display race trophies and other exhibits.
In addition to Somerset, charities that benefit from steeplechase racing include Greater Baltimore Medical Center in Maryland, Vanderbilt Children's Hospital in Nashville, Atlanta Speech School in Georgia, Catawba Lands Conservancy in North Carolina, and Brandywine Conservancy in Pennsylvania.