76th Running of the Iroquois Steeplechase
Percy Warner Park
May 13, 2017
The Iroquois Steeplechase has been Nashville's rite of spring since 1941, attracting more than 25,000 spectators to watch the best horses and riders in the world race over hurdles on a three-mile turf track. This year's race will mark 76 years for the Iroquois Steeplechase and more than seven decades of Music City’s annual celebration of time-honored traditions, Tennessee hospitality, and Southern fashions.
Those who attend the event enjoy areas for families, well-appointed tents and individually organized tailgates where the emphasis is on race day pickings, larger-than-life hats, Honey Jack Juleps, and crowd-pleasing recipes. More importantly, guests support a cause at the heart of the event. Since being designated as the official charity in 1981, Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt has received more than $10 million from Iroquois Steeplechase proceeds.
For more information or to purchase tickets, go to iroquoissteeplechase.org.
Since being designated in 1981 as the official charity of the Iroquois Steeplechase, the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt has received over $10 million from the event proceeds. For information on advance ticket purchases, corporate and hospitality tents, and tailgating and RV spaces, visit iroquoissteeplechase.org.
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Annual Post-Position Drawing @ Percy Warner Park - May 11
Pre-Race Party @ Percy Warner Park - May 12
It’s Nashville’s biggest spring tailgate, and one of our greatest traditions! Each space includes armbands for eight guests and two Lot T parking passes. See your options.
INDIVIDUAL TAILGATING ARMBANDS & SHUTTLE PASS
Looking to join in the Iroquois Steeplechase tailgating experience, but don’t want to go with a big group? Here's your chance! These armbands provide access to all tailgating areas on the grounds, including the Iroquois Shoppes, the family area, and the food truck section. Parking at Highway 100 is included, and a shuttle to and from the grounds will be provided. Get your tickets.
THE FOX DEN - NEW THIS YEAR!
Located in the middle of the infield, the Fox Den is an add-on option for adult racegoers to enjoy food, beverages and entertainment all day. Get your tickets.
Gather your family and friends and pack a picnic for a perfect day at the races. The hillside venue for General Admission is the preferred spot for hundreds of race fans. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the General Admission entrance on race day. These sell out quick! Get your tickets.
FAMILY AREA TAILGATING SECTION
The Family Area offers every member of the family a chance to enjoy race day. This is an alcohol-free tailgating area located adjacent to Gaucho Road, which offers more flexibility in departure from race grounds and boasts a terrific play area for the kids and close proximity to the track for race viewing. Reserve your area.
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! Click for more information.
Located along the box seats, this completely-tented area gives a front-row seat to the excitement. Ticket includes gourmet catered food and beverages, live music and one of the best views on the grounds in a prime location. Purchase tickets.
Adjacent to the box seats, Hospitality Village is the perfect venue for Steeplechase guests who want to see and be seen. This action-packed area offers an up-close view of the races and jumbotron. Tents sizes vary and can accommodate parties ranging from 20 up to 130 guests. Reserve your space.
FOLLOW THEM YEAR-ROUND!
- 2017 marks the 76th 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 nearly $10 million from the event proceeds.