It may be our First year in Nashville
…but it’s the 80th Running of the Iroquois Steeplechase.
HISTORY OF STEEPLECHASE...
The Iroquois Steeplechase event is held in Nashville, Tennessee. Beginning in 1941, with one year off during World War II, the race has been run continuously at Percy Warner Park on a course inspired by Marcellus Frost and designed by William duPont. The Queens Cup Steeplechase is held annually on the last Saturday of April at Brooklandwood, a farm and estate in Mineral Springs, North Carolina, about 20 miles (32 km) from Charlotte. The Breeders' Cup Grand National Steeplechase (formerly known as the American Grand National) is held each October at the Far Hills Races in Far Hills, New Jersey and draws about 50,000 spectators for a single day race-meet. It is the richest event in American steeplechasing with a purse of $500,000. During the 1940s and 50s, the Broad Hollow Steeplechase Handicap, the Brook National Steeplechase Handicap and the American Grand National were regarded as American steeplechasing's Triple Crown.Kentucky Downs near Franklin, Kentucky (original Dueling Grounds Race Course) was built in 1990 as a steeplechase track, with a kidney-shaped turf circuit. At its inception, the track offered some of the richest purses in the history of American steeplechase including a $750,000 race. The track has undergone numerous ownership changes, with steeplechase races playing an on-and-off role (mainly off) in the track's limited live race meets.
Just like the Kentucky Derby, everyone dresses up. Men wear wild colored suits. Woman wear their Sundays best and fancy hats!
A steeplechase, also known as “Jump Racing”, is a horse race over fences combining the raw power of the flat racing Thoroughbred with the precision and impulsion of high speed cross country jumping, creating a sport that is both thrilling and exciting to watch to fans and the uninitiated the world over.
7 FUN FACTS ABOUT THE IROQUOIS STEEPLECHASE
- Did you know a horse lover created the official painting for this 75th year anniversary of the race? It will be sold during the online auction.
- The race started 7 decades ago in 1941 and is still considered Nashville’s rites of spring.
- The Iroquois has had a cross- Atlantic rivalry throughout its history
- This year a winning horse could earn more than $850,000 by crossing the finishing line first in both races, considering their individual purses and the Brown Advisory Cheltenham Iroquois Challenge.
- The thoroughbred horses in the race are all 4 years old or older.
- Box seats are already sold out for 2016 Steeplechase
- The Steeplechase is named after the winner of the first race—Iroquois, the first American-bred thoroughbred to win the prestigious British Epsom Derby . A confidant of FDR, as in former US President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, helped start the race.
WHERE TO FIND US...
SEE YOU THERE!