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Saturday, June 03, 2023

Fair Hill spring races cancelled

FAIR HILL, Md.--Because repairs to three infield areas necessitate hevy trucks crossing the new turf track will tear up the turf, the Fair Hill Races schedule for theis upcoming Memorial Day

Fair Hill races genericTaken at the 2019 running of the Fair Hill Races, this photo entitled “Great Road and Eric Poretz” is on permanent display in the Steeplechase Gallery at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, NY. (Photo by Maggie Kimmitt)“Of course, we are disappointed the Races won’t be run this Memorial Day weekend,” Fair Hill Foundation President Charles C. Fenwick, Jr. said. “Major work is required in the infield show arenas this summer in order to ensure they will be ready for the second annual Maryland 5 Star in October, and it is thought that construction should begin before Memorial Day.”

The new turf track, finished in summer 2019, has been realigned to feature a sophisticated irrigation and rail system and banked, wider turns for the safety of the horses.

“Hopefully both flat and steeplechase racing can resume in 2023,” Fenwick said. “Ensuring the facilities are safe and secure for the Maryland 5 Star in October will require trucks to cross the track, making it impossible to race while that work is taking place. Safety for our horses and riders is our paramount concern, and we appreciate the patience of our owners, trainers and fans as we deal with these not-uncommon issues in new construction.”

The Fair Hill Races continue a grand tradition dating from 1934 when William du Pont, Jr. envisioned a place to give American horses the experience they would need to compete in the English Grand National at Aintree – considered the international pinnacle of steeplechasing.

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