Fair Hill Races back for
Posted: Thursday, May 21, 2015 4:34 pm
By Dara McBride firstname.lastname@example.org
FAIR HILL — The spotlight will be on the horses and the 350-acre Fair Hill
Training Center at this year’s Fair Hill Races.
The races return to Cecil County this Saturday, May 23, for their 81st year.
From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, family, friends and horse lovers will be at
Fair Hill fairgrounds to enjoy the outdoors and summer food. The first race will
be at 1 p.m.
Each year, more than 12,000 spectators turn out to the 5,600-acre former estate
of William duPont. The tradition is considered the largest annual single-day
event held in Cecil County. It’s also the only Steeplechase race in the country
to offer pari-mutuel betting, and all proceeds from the races benefit Union
This year, the race is being handled by the Cecil County Breeders’ Fair, a
subsidiary Board of the Union Hospital Foundation. So, while funds will still
benefit Union Hospital, the Union Hospital Foundation is not as involved as
“We are horsemen running horse races for the benefit of Union Hospital. The
races as a whole have not changed at all,” said Nancy Simpers, an organizer with
the Breeders’ Fair. The group will oversee the operation of the races with the
support of many volunteers.
Also notable this year, the Maryland Horse Industry Board, a program within the
Maryland Department of Agriculture, will present the “Touch of Class Awards.”
The presentation will take place at about 2 p.m. in front of the grandstand
after the third race.
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