FAR HILLS, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Thousands flocked to Far Hills in New Jersey on Saturday to watch horse racing for a good cause.

Organizers say the annual Far Hills Race Meeting attracted international attention with seven horses flown in from Europe.

The event was a steeplechase, which means horses have to jump fences and deal with obstacles.

This year, race leaders hope to give about $500,000 to charities benefiting health care organizations in the area.

“We’ve had a longstanding relationship with Robert Wood Johnson Barnabas health care systems, and we’ve given them almost $20 million through the years. They built a 60,000-foot cancer center and named it the Steeplechase Cancer Center in our honor,” said Far Hills Race co-chair Guy Torsilieri.

The Far Hills Race also has a three-year commitment to five other healthcare-related charities in New Jersey.

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