OCEANPORT, NJ – The Far Hills Steeplechase Race Reunion will honor the late John Forbes, a fixture at Monmouth Park for 40 years as a trainer and past president of the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, with the first John Forbes Memorial Race at the course of its six -race program on Saturday 15 October.
The 101st Far Hills Race Meeting will offer $575,000 in purses for the six races at Moorland Farm in Far Hills, NJ, highlighted by the $250,000 Grade 1 Grand National two miles and five furlongs above national fences for its one-day meeting.
The John Forbes Memorial, the only flat race on the program, will be contested over two miles on grass. This will be the last race on the six-race card and a $100,000 purse.
Forbes died at the age of 73 on January 31, 2021.
“John Forbes was synonymous with Monmouth Park for 40 years in a variety of roles. He was a tireless advocate for racing, the industry and Monmouth Park,” said Dennis Drazin, President and CEO of Darby Development LLC, Monmouth Park operator “It’s only fitting that he has a race named after him.”
Forbes won 2,174 races during a 40-year coaching career that began in 1972. He retired from training in 2012 to focus on rider issues, becoming president of the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association when the group took over the lease of Monmouth Park from The New Jersey Sports and Exhibition Authority. He was the main trainer at Monmouth Park five times and won seven coaching titles at the Meadowlands.
Forbes’ top horse, Tale of the Cat, finished fourth in the 1997 TVG.com Haskell Stakes.
He helped launch the career of jockey Julie Krone in the 1980s and 1990s, with Krone being Forbes’ regular rider then on his way to a Hall of Fame career.
The Far Hills Race Meeting premieres at 1 p.m. and will simulcast nationally.
Monmouth Park Press Release
Photo: John Forbes (Bill Denver/EQUI-PHOTO)