Welcome to the 85th Running of the Fair Hill Races - May 25, 2019

Tickets are available online and at the following establishments

Fair Hill Liquors
State Line Liquors
Vlamis' Cut-Rate Liquors
Weaver's Discount Mart

Wesley's Restaurant

Fair Hill
402 Fair Hill Drive
Elkton, MD 21921

Date and Time

Saturday May 25, 2019

Gates open at 10:00 a.m.

First race 1:00 p.m.

Benefits Union Hospital

Fair Hill Races - Schedule of the Day

Monday, May 20
11:00 a.m.

Entries Close-NSA OFFICE 410-392-0700

Wednesday, May 22
10:00 a.m
Scratch time-NSA OFFICE 410-392-0700

Friday, May 24

Setup for racing activities

Race Day 7:00 a.m.
Volunteers and set for the day
Vendors must be set up by 10:00 a.m.

10:00 a.m.
Gates open to the public
Make wristbands visible at all times

10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Vendors Village Open

11:00 a.m.
Kid's Corner Opens

11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Stick Pony Races run every 1/2 hour

11:45 a.m.

12:00 p.m.
National Anthem and Post 194 Honor Guards Present Colors

12:00 p.m.

Tailgate Competition Judging begins

1:00 p.m.

Post Time - 1st Race of the day

2:00 p.m.
Hat Judging Contest at the Tea Barn-Everyone Welcome-No Fee

3:30 p.m.

Tailgate and Hat Winners announced

Horse Races start at 1:00 p.m. and run approximately every half hour.

1st Race Training flat seven furlong turf
2nd Race Training flat one miles and a quarter on the turf
3rd Race Two and one quarter mile over National Fences
4th Race Two miles and one quarter over National Fences
5th Race THE IRIS COGGINS MEMORIAL Filly and Mare two miles and a quarter over National Fences
6th Race THE VALENTINE MEMORIAL two miles and one quarter over National Fences
7th Race Timber Race three miles and one furlong over Timber
8th Race THE ANN BARKER MEMORIAL SOTA Apprentice Rider Race two miles and one quarter over National Fences

Hat Contest:

Hat judging will be held on the Tea Barn ramp @ 2:00 p.m.

The winners’ prizes are:

Over 16 years of age: Two Reserved seats for 2019.

Under 16 years of age, Two Reserved seats for 2019.

Sponsored by Bobbie Ann’s Dance Studio and Lucky Star Production.

Tailgate Contest:

The tailgate theme for the 2018 Fair Hill Races is National Parks

Judging will start @ 12:00 noon.

1st Place Trophy and $100 off of next year’s tailgate spot.
One winner for South Tailgate and one for East Tailgate spot.

2nd Place Trophy and $50 off of next year’s tailgate spot.
One winner for South Tailgate and one for East Tailgate spot.

3rd Place Trophy.
One winner for South Tailgate and one for East Tailgate spot.

Sponsored by Cecil County Arts Council

Fair Hill Races Map


Fair Hill Races-Race Policies

2018 Fair Hill Race Policies

  • Races run RAIN or SHINE
  • No refunds
  • Gates open at 10:00 a.m.
  • No pets allowed
  • No glass containers, grills, tents or canopies are permitted (Glass, propane grills and tents are permitted in the tailgate area only)
  • Propane grills are permitted in the tailgate area with an operating fire extinguisher
  • No throwing of Frisbees or balls is permitted
  • Legal action will be taken against persons not of legal age consuming alcohol or adults serving alcohol to minors
  • Disruptive behavior is cause for expulsion from the Fair Hill Races

Note: Contributions or gifts made to the Fair Hill Races ARE tax deductible as charitable contributions to the extent permitted by law. Please consult with your tax advisor.

How to Bet

All betting and cashing transactions may be handled at any pari-mutuel window. You may bet any dollar amount over the minimum wager. Please call your bets in the following order: 1st - state the race number you wish to bet on, 2nd - state the dollar amount you wish to bet, 3rd - state the type of wager, 4th - state the program number(s) of the horse(s) that you wish to bet.

Example: "4th race, $2 to win on number 5" or" 2nd race, $10 to show on number 1" BEFORE LEAVING THE WINDOW: Make certain to check your tickets and count your change. HOLD ALL TICKETS UNTIL RACE IS OFFICIAL. In case of objection or disqualification, do not throw away or try to cash your tickets until the race is "official".


If you bet to WIN, you collect if your horse finishes FIRST. If you bet to PLACE, you collect if your horse finishes FIRST or SECOND. If you bet SHOW, you collect if your horse finishes FIRST, SECOND, or THIRD


Races 1 & 2 and Races 6 & 7

To win a Daily Double, you must select the winner of the first half and the second half of the Daily Double on a single ticket.

This bet must be purchased PRIOR TO THE FIRST DESIGNATED RACE OF THE DAILY DOUBLE Race 1 or Race 6.

EXACTA - All Races

To win an exacta, you must select horses that will finish First AND Second on a single ticket. The two horses must finish in the exact order. Please note that this race is also called "Perfecta" at some race tracks. Example: Fair Hill, 3rd race, $2 on exacta #2-4.

TRIFECTA - All Races

To win a Trifecta, you must select the horses that finish first, second AND third, in the exact order on a single ticket.

Example: Fair Hill, 3rd race, $3 on trifecta #1-4-5.

Fair Hill Races

Steeplechase Horses

•All steeplechasers are Thoroughbreds whose lineage must be proven with official Jockey Club registration papers. Horses can begin steeplechase careers at age 3.

•Most steeplechasers competed (or still compete) on the flat. The ideal steeplechaser has speed, stamina, smarts and enough athletic ability to run and jump at the same time, in general, steeplechase horses are larger than their flat counterparts, but size is not a rule. Big horses tend to have more stamina, which is important. Horses trained for steeplechasing develop larger muscles across their backs to help with the jumping.

•The best jumpers clear the fences in one long stride - much like a human hurdler jumps in track and field events.

•Almost all steeplechase trainers are based on private farms, where horses enjoy the outdoors while exercising and working toward the race.

•It is not unusual to see steeplechase horses compete until age 10 and beyond. At age 14, timber horse Young Dubliner won three races in 2003.

•Steeplechase horses typically run six to eight times in a year. The season features no racing in January and February, plus a light summer schedule - assuring horses of lengthy vacations. Most "down time" is spent outdoors in fields. A steeplechase horse in the off-season is often dirty, hairy - and happy.

•After their steeplechase careers end, horses often become foxhunters, show horses or simply pleasure rides for their owners or trainers. Hall of Famers Flatterer and Zaccio found "second lives" as a dressage horse and a foxhunter, respectively.

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