For several years, the “Grand National Steeplechase” ….now run as the Grand National Hurdle Stakes was known as the Breeders’ Cup Grand National Steeplechase under a licensing agreement between the National Steeplechase Association and Breeders’ Cup. However, the Grand National was never an official part of the Breeders’ Cup series.
The Grand National Hurdle Stakes is an American National Steeplechase Association sanctioned steeplechase race run each fall at Far Hills, New Jersey….which is a Grade 1 event run over 25⁄8 miles….which has been known by a variety of names over the years….including the Breeders’ Cup Grand National.
The race has also been held at Belmont Park and Saratoga Race Course….as well as the steeplechase meets at Fair Hill, Maryland and Charlottesville, Virginia. The day of steeplechasing at Far Hills includes seven races, the most important of which is the Grand National.