74th Running of the Iroquois Steeplechase
Percy Warner Park
May 9, 2015
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. Get information and purchase your spot!
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. Get General Admission Tickets now.
Tents in the Turn
New in 2014 and back by popular demand, 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. Check out Tents in the Turn.
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.
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. Reserve Hunt Club Tickets.
Happening Before the Race
Iroquois Alliance Event - Free and Open to the public
Date: March 10, 2015
Location: Golfsmith of Brentwood
Retail Shopping Days
Date: April 18 & 19, 2015
Time: check store hours
Location in Green Hills & 12South including: Absolution, Kendra Scott, Vineyard Vines, and more.
Post-Position Drawing and Breakfast
Date: May 7, 2015
Location: Percy Warner Park Steeplechase Barn
- 2015 marks the 74th 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.