Welcome to the 83rd running of the Fair Hill Races
Historic Fair Hill Steeplechase
The Fair Hill Races have been running since 1934 when a vision of the late Mr. William DuPont to bring the people of Cecil County, MD, Chester County, PA and New Castle County, DE and the surrounding area together for a good time and to support a good cause.
The 2017 races will be held on May 27, 2017 with the first race at 1 p.m. Gates open at 10 a.m. Visitors can enjoy the races from various locations on the grounds.
We have renewed the Cecil County Breeders' Fair, Inc. which conducts the races and promise to have something for everyone. Pari mutual betting for avid horse players, vendor village for everyone to shop, kids' comer to entertain the kids with face painting, pony rides and more.
There are various levels of Sponsorships available plus boxes in the grandstands, reserved seating, tailgating, lawn boxes, tents and a place for everyone. Vendors will offer many products and food vendors will be there to satisfy your taste buds as well as provide beverages-alcohol and non-alcohol. No glass containers are permitted on the grounds. No pets.
All of this is provided due to the generous supporters of the races each year. We can create a custom package for anyone. One of the examples of a custom sponsorship is a private area with private catering for 50 to 100 people. We would appreciate any support you can provide. If you do not see something for you please call and a package can be designed for you.
All checks should be made payable to Cecil County Breeders' Fair, Inc. /Fair Hill Races. Ticket packages will be mailed the first week of May.
Thank you in advance for your support.
Tickets will be available online and at the following establishments starting
April 1st, 2017
Fair Hill Liquors
State Line Liquors
Vlamis' Cut-Rate Liquors
402 Fair Hill Drive
Elkton, MD 21921
Saturday May 27, 2017
Gates open at 10:00 a.m.
First race 1:00 p.m.
Fair Hill Races-Race Policies
2017 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.
Fair Hill Races Map
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".
WIN, PLACE & SHOW All Races
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.
•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.