The Iroquois Steeplechase has been a time-honored tradition of Middle Tennesseans for more than seven decades. Its rich history dates back to the pasture races in Middle Tennessee during the 1930s, creating a legacy that resonates within the Nashville community today.
Today, the Iroquois Steeplechase--run by the nonprofit, 501c3 organization The Volunteer State Horsemen's Foundation--routinely attracts more than 25,000 to the Equestrian Center at Percy Warner Park in Nashville to watch the best horses and riders in the world.
The race is named for Pierre Lorillard’s beloved “Iroquois,” the first American-bred horse to win the English Derby. The celebrated athlete retired at the Belle Meade Plantation in Nashville to stand at stud. He lives in glory as a horse whose corpuscles have pulsed in the veins of more Kentucky Derby winners than your hands have fingers. He was a horse worthy of the accolades!