Saturday, October 20, 2012

I'm going to bet that

not only we were the only Jews at today's Far Hills Race

 but that Jacob was the only kid that...

 won big at the races!
The Far Hills Races is a steeplechase horse race held annually in Far Hills, New Jersey and today's event was the 92nd running.
The race day purses can equal up to or more than $1,000,000, with six races offering the highest purses on the National Steeplechase Association circuit.
It's considered one of the premier social events of the year in the tri-state area attended by as many as 75,000 people annually.  Family and friends create unique and often extravagant fall picnic areas, complete with beautiful floral center pieces, haybale seating, ice carvings and culinary feasts.
For many visitors, the Race Meeting is a time-honored tradition and a joyous reunion of family and friends.  But for most of the people that we witnessed today it was a bit of this...
 some of this...
 and A LOT of this although, some couldn't wait and used alternate means...
The Far Hills Race Meeting traces its origins to the Essex Hunt, a fox hunting event founded in Montclair, NJ in 1870.  In the tradition of these clubs, the Essex Fox Hounds established an event to thank the farmers and landowners who allowed them to hunt on their property. 
In 1916, the event moved from the original club site to the Grant B. Schley estate — today known as Moorland Farms.  Eventually becoming the Far Hills Race Meeting, the races have been continually run—with the exception of a short hiatus during World War II—on the same site.

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