The Fair Hill steeplechase meeting has canceled its fall session scheduled for September 3 and 8.
The William duPoint-designed course has long been considered the premier jump course in the nation. It is also the only stop on the hunt race circuit that offered parimutuel betting.
Fair Hill officials requested the cancellation because the September dates would conflict with racing at nearby Delaware Park.
"We ran three days this spring and lost about $18,000," said Steve Groat, Fair Hill executive director. "We had hoped to make money during that time as a cushion for the fall races since we knew we were going to have to race against Delaware Park."
"It's a great loss to steeplechasing," said Randolph D. Rouse, former president of the National Steeplechase and Hunt Association, "but at the same time it will help the Fairfax meeting since they have had to complete against Fair Hill in the past.'
There will be no racing over jumps between the close of Saratoga in late August and the Foxfield Steeplechase at Charlottesville, Va., on September 15 Fairfax follows on Saturday, September 22 and then there is a 10-day gap until the Rolling Rock meeting at Ligonier, Pa., in early October.