The Far Hills Race, which is known by many as “The Hunt,” features races involving several of the world’s best thoroughbred horses. Race organizers said that up to 70 horses will race at this year’s event.
The Far Hills Race provides entertainment for those attending and a lot of needed funding for the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Somerville, New Jersey.
More than 31,000 people showed up for last year’s event. Many of those in attendance traveled using the New Jersey Transit system. Guy Torsilieri, chairman of the Far Hills Race Meeting Association, stated that the Moorland Farm is “in close proximity to such major area roads as Route 287, 206, 202, and Liberty Corner Road, as well as being easily accessible by NJ Transit.”
Before the start of 2014 event, the Far Hills Race was known by some for attracting individuals who consumed too much alcohol and then became very disruptive. This resulted in many complaints about alleged criminal activity, disruptive behavior, and underage drinking at the races.
Far Hills New Jersey officials responded by implementing measures to prevent the criminal activity. The 2014 race saw an increase in the presence of police officers and security guards, the use of metal detectors at gates and other entryways, and a ban on anyone bringing their own alcohol to the event.
At the 2014 event, security was provided by 100 NJ state troopers, a number of private security guards, and numerous county and local police officers.
Additionally, the New Jersey Transit instituted a ban on the possession of alcohol on trains traveling to Far Hill on the day of the races. Police officers also began to carefully monitor the “party buses” parked at the Moorland Farm parking field.
The additional security measures were expected to significantly reduce criminal activity; however, police still had to arrest several people at the 2014 race event. A total of 44 people were arrested last year for various criminal offenses, including disorderly conduct, public nuisance, public urination, underage possession of alcohol, trespassing, destruction of property, simple possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Race event organizers said that several hundred police officers work the Far Hills Races this upcoming Saturday. Since more than 30,000 people are expected to be at the event, police will probably have to make a number of arrests this year.
The Tormey Law Firm has handled numerous criminal cases from the Far Hills Races in the past. We have successfully represented clients charged with disorderly conduct, urinating in public, and possession of an open container of alcohol, as well as other criminal offenses and municipal violations. If you have been charged with a crime while attending the Far Hills Race, it is imperative that you speak with a qualified criminal defense attorney who can make sure you don’t end up with a criminal charge on your record. Call the Tormey Law Firm now to discuss your case or schedule a free consultation at one of our conveniently located offices in New Jersey.