73rd Running of the Iroquois Steeplechase
Percy Warner Park
May 10, 2014
Held on the second Saturday of every May at Nashville’s Percy Warner Park, the Iroquois Steeplechase is the premier spring race meet in American steeplechasing and Music City’s traditional rite of spring. Seven races are held throughout the day and the event typically attracts more than 25,000 spectators, most decked out in their finest spring wardrobe, including the biggest and best hats in the South.
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Since being designated in 1981 as the official charity of the Iroquois Steeplechase, the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt has received nearly $10 million from the event proceeds. For information on advance ticket purchases, corporate and hospitality tents, and tailgating and RV spaces, visit iroquoissteeplechase.org.
New This Year
Tents in the Turn
Enjoy the race with friends and family with these private patio spaces which offers race goers a view of the final stretch. Each tent comes outfitted with a spacious patio area as well as tables, linen, and chairs. This premier new area serves as the perfect entertaining space, whether it's for friends and family, or business associates. Check it out.
Individual Tailgating & Shuttle Pass
If you missed your friend's call to join the excitement of Steeplechase, here is your chance to join the fun. Purchase your individual armband providing access to all tailgating areas on the grounds. Your ticket includes parking at Highway 100 with a shuttle to and from the grounds. Purchase now!
Experience the race in style, the Skybox Suites offer a phenomenal panoramic view of the track from a private, elevated luxury suite and covered deck. Each suite includes air conditioning, hardwood floors, granite countertops, wet bars, a private bathroom, TVs and more! For more information contact, GeorgeAnn Dingus at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Happening Before the Race
New for 2014 is the Steeplechase Silent Auction! Currently they have two items available for bidding which includes the Unique Persian Mehal Rug from The Nashville Rug Gallery, and an original work of art from Christopher Scott Huffman entitled "Home Stretch". Proceeds go to support Iroquois Steeplechase, and Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. Click here to see the items and make your bid!
- 2014 marks the 73rd running of the Iroquois Steeplechase.
- Even under threatening weather conditions such as the Nashville Flood of 2010, the Iroquois has run continuously since 1941 only taking one year off during World War II.
- The list of Iroquois winners includes the greatest steeplechase horses in America. Five Eclipse Award winners – Flatterer, Lonesome Glory, Correggio, All Gong and Good Night Shirt – have won the Iroquois. Several others have competed in the race.
- When Iroquois, the namesake of the Nashville race, became the first American-bred winner of the English Derby in 1881, Wall Street closed temporarily for a celebration.
- The Iroquois Steeplechase grounds were constructed in 1936 as part of a parks improvement project of the Works Progress Administration (WPA).
- The Iroquois draws an average crowd of 25,000 on race day.
- Improvements to the Iroquois Steeplechase grounds that are paid for by the Volunteer State Horsemen’s Foundation from race proceeds provide year-round benefits and enhancements for the Equestrian Center at Percy Warner Park.
- Since 1981, the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt has been the official charity of the Iroquois Steeplechase and has received more than $10 million from the event proceeds.