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Palm Beach Steeplechase Jumps Set Up Course Ready for Saturday Races

WELLINGTON, Fla., Nov. 27--The jumps were set up Thursday and finishing touches were being made to the racecourse for the Palm Beach Steeplechase on Saturday.

Bobby Hinton and several work crews gave up their Thanksgiving day to set up four brush jumps for the five steeplechase races that start at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

More of the 38 horses entered in the races arrived Thursday at the course that has been prepared for a community celebration packed with entertainment.

Thousands of spectators have bought tickets for the inaugural Palm Beach Steeplechase at The Stadium at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center at Southshore Blvd. and Pierson Rd, in Wellington.

The event kicks off with a Welcome Party for course crowd in welcoming th jockeys, owners and trainers and officials at The Players Club on Friday evening.

The schedule:

Friday, Nov. 28

7 pm Pre-Race Party at The Players Club

Saturday, Nov. 29

9-10 am Gates Open

11 am Jack Russell Terrier Races, Children's Fair Opens

12 noon Tailgate Judging

12:45 pm Opening Ceremony

1:30 pm Race 1 - $25,000 Maiden Filly & Mare Hurdle

Honoring William T. Ylvisaker

Championship Finals Jack Russell Terrier Races

2:10 pm Race 2 - $25,000 Sport of Kings Maiden Hurdle

Hat Contest

2:50 pm Race 3 - $30,000 Optional Allowance/Claiming Hurdle

3:30 pm Race 4 - $25,000 Starter Allowance Hurdle

4:10 pm Race 5 - $75,000 The Palm Beach Hurdle Stakes

4:50 pm Race 6 - Celebrity Race

After Party - The Players Club

PBIEC INFORMATION & TICKETS: http://www.equestriansport.com 561/793-5867 or http://www.equestriansport.com

HOLIDAY INN at 7859 Lake Worth Road, Lake Worth, FL 33467 is the official hotel of the Palm Beach Steeplechase. The hotel is located just minutes from PBIEC. Tel: 561 968 5000 or toll free 800 325 8193. http://www.holidayinn.com/westpalmbeach

DIRECTIONS: From the Florida Turnpike south, take Exit #93, Lake Worth Blvd., and travel west, crossing over US 441. Travel five miles to South Shore Blvd., turn right on South Shore and proceed one mile to Pierson Road.

From Interstate I-95, take Exit #49. Travel west on Forest Hills Blvd. 11 miles to South Shore Blvd. Turn left on South Shore and follow to Pierson Road.

Photo: Jumps being set up Thursday for the inaugural Palm Beach Steeplechase to be held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian on Saturday.

Photo: Ken Braddick-HorseSport USA


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