The Fair Hill Races

Horses complete a race at the annual Fair Hill Races in Fair Hill, Maryland

Cecil County, Maryland's largest single-day sporting event won't be held in the county this year.

The Fair Hill Races, traditionally run on the Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend, will instead be run on Saturday, May 23, 2020 at Laurel Park between Baltimore and Washington. 

After last year's event, the track began what will be an 18-month project to change the race course, adding in wider, sweeping turns, while also realigning the course.

The goal is to have the turf course ready for the debut of the Maryland 5 Star Eventing competition between October 15-18.

The will involve a competition of drassage, cross-country, and show jumping, and the 5 Star designation is the top in equestrian.

It will be just the seventh in the world, and second in the United States along side the Kentucky Three Day Event, to have the top-level distinction.

The Fair Hill Races have been run since 1934, and this will mark the first time they will be run outside of the track five miles west of Newark.

Fair Hill Races are one of the few pari-mutual steeplechase events in the country. It allows spectators to bet in a pool, much like is seen at Thoroughbred and Harness tracks like Delaware Park, Dover Downs, and Harrington Raceway.

Wagering will be allowed during the event at Laurel Park, which traditionally shares Maryland's thoroughbred circuit with Pimlico Race Course, home of the Preakness.

Organizers expect the Fair Hill Races to return to their home base in 2021.