Updated on 09/15/2011 12:28PM

Breeders' Cup Steeplechase set for Far Hills


The $250,000 Breeders' Cup Steeplechase will return to Far Hills, N.J., on Oct. 20 as part of the annual, one-day Far Hills Race Meeting, it was announced Friday.

An National Steeplechase Association (NSA) Grade I event contested at 2 5/8 miles over National Fences, the Breeders' Cup Steeplechase was re-established last year after a seven-year hiatus.

The 2000 renewal at Far Hills was won by eventual Eclipse Award Champion All Gong before a crowd of more than 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 Oct. 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."

Nominations for the Breeders' Cup Steeplechase close at the NSA offices on Sept. 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.