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BREEDERS' CUP STEEPLECHASE RETURNS TO FAR HILLS FOR 2001
This year's Breeders' Cup Steeplechase, to be run on Saturday, October 20, will again be held in Far Hills, N.J., as part of the annual, one-day Far Hills Race Meeting, it was announced today by officials of Breeders' Cup Limited, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), the Far Hills Race Meeting Association and the National Steeplechase Association (NSA).
An NSA Grade I event worth $250,000 guaranteed and contested at 2 5/8 miles over National Fences for Thoroughbreds four years old and upward, the Breeders' Cup Steeplechase was re-established last year after a seven-year hiatus. The 2000 renewal, contested at Far Hills, was won by eventual Eclipse Award Champion All Gong before a crowd of over 45,000. The Breeders' Cup Steeplechase had previously been included as part of the Breeders' Cup schedule from 1986-1993, including a 1989 running at Far Hills.
The 2001 Breeders' Cup Steeplechase will be televised on a one-day tape delay on Sunday, October 21, from 2:00-2:30 p.m. (ET) on ESPN2. As in 2000, proceeds from this year's Far Hills Race Meeting will benefit New Jersey's Somerset Medical Center.
"We are very pleased to bring the Breeders' Cup Steeplechase back to the beautiful and vibrant atmosphere of Far Hills," said D.G. Van Clief, Jr., vice chairman of the NTRA and president of Breeders' Cup Limited. "The Far Hills Race Meeting Association is an outstanding host, and the event will add significantly to the excitement surrounding the 18th running of the Breeders' Cup Championship, which this year will be held just a short drive away at Belmont Park on the following Saturday."
"We're proud to host America's richest steeplechase race for a second consecutive year," said John T. von Stade, co-chairman of the Far Hills Race Meeting Association. "This is championship-caliber racing at its finest, and we look forward to showcasing it once again for our enthusiastic live crowd as well as those watching on television."
The $250,000 purse value for the Breeders' Cup Steeplechase will consist of $175,000 in guaranteed funds provided by the Far Hills Race Meeting Association and the National Steeplechase Association, plus $75,000 from the Breeders' Cup fund, available only to Breeders' Cup-nominated horses. Nominations to the Breeders' Cup Steeplechase close at the NSA offices on Tuesday, September 4. The field for the Breeders' Cup Steeplechase will be limited to 14 starters, winners only, with first preference accorded to Breeders' Cup-nominated horses and second preference to horses with the highest lifetime earnings over hurdles.
The NTRA is a broad-based coalition of horseracing interests, including the American Quarter Horse Association, charged with increasing awareness of Thoroughbred racing and improving economic conditions for industry participants. The NTRA also conducts the Breeders' Cup, Thoroughbred racing's year-end Championship consisting of eight races and $13 million in purses and awards, and the Breeders' Cup National Stakes Program, which are funded by the industry's owners and breeders. The NTRA has offices in Lexington, Ky., and New York City. A compendium of NTRA press releases appears on the NTRA Web site, ntra.com, and at the Web site for the Breeders' Cup Championship, breederscup.com. Contact the NTRA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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