75th Running of the Iroquois Steeplechase
Percy Warner Park
May 14, 2016
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.
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.
One of the greatest traditions of the Iroquois is Tailgating. Each space includes armbands for eight guests, one infield parking pass, and one guest parking pass. RV spaces include ten guest armbands.
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.
Tents in the Turn
Enjoy the race with friends and family in one of these private patio spaces which offers race goers a trackside view. Each tent comes outfitted with a spacious patio area as well as tables, linen, and chairs. It is the perfect entertaining space, whether it's for friends and family, or business associates.
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.
Family Area and Tailgating Section
The Family Area offers every member of the family a chance to enjoy race day. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Family Area will offer FREE games and activities for kids 12 and under who are accompanied by a parent. Families can also purchase a tailgating spot in this 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!
The Hunt Club area offers completely tented seating, gourmet catered lunch and beverages, and live music. The Hunt Club tent offers a great view of the races with a location near the rail with a prime view of one of the jumbotrons.
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 120 guests.
- 2016 marks the 75th 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.