The holiday-themed event–hosted by the Franklin Cigar Private Smoking Lounge in Cool Springs–offers guests the opportunity to socialize with others while learning from experts, as well as enjoying cigars and samples of bourbon varieties.
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. Held the second Saturday of May each year at Percy Warner Park, May 14, 2016, will mark 75 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, the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt has received more than $10 million from Iroquois Steeplechase proceeds.
In addition, the Iroquois Steeplechase has partnered with the world-famous Cheltenham Racecourse in England to offer a $500,000 bonus challenge to any horse that can win both the Group 1 World Hurdle at Cheltenham in March and the 75th Anniversary Grade 1 Calvin Houghland Iroquois Hurdle Stakes in May--or vice versa--within a 12‐month period. The Brown Advisory Iroquois Cheltenham Challenge was coordinate with the 75th anniversary in mind, and looks to reignite the cross‐Atlantic rivalry that has been a part of steeplechase racing through history.
Tickets to the 75th Iroquois Steeplechasea are now on sale, and range from $20 general admission tickets and $100 tailgating singles to luxurious VIP packages that scale in price. For more information on the 75th anniversary or to reserve a space, go to www.iroquoissteeplechase.org.
WHO: Iroquois Steeplechase and the Volunteer State Horsemen's Foundation
WHAT: 75th Iroquois Steeplechase
WHEN: May 14, 2016; Gates open at 8 a.m.; First race begins at 1 p.m.; Last race ends at approx. 4:45 p.m. with the featured race, The Calvin Houghland Iroquois.
WHERE: Percy Warner Park in Nashville, Tennessee; 2500 Old Hickory Blvd.
COST: Tickets range from $20 general admission tickets and $100 tailgating armbands to luxurious VIP packages that scale in price. For more information or to reserve a space, go to www.iroquoissteeplechase.org/tickets. For more information, call 615-591-2991.
The Fields Stable’s Bob Le Beau closed stoutly on Saratoga Race Course’s final turn, took the lead when pacesetter Divine Fortune fell at the last fence, and drew away to an easy victory in Thursday’s $150,000 New York Turf Writers Cup Handicap (Gr. 1).
Longtime supporter, honorary steward, and race committee member of the local Iroquois Steeplechase Race Committee and the National Steeplechase Association passed away Sunday. Jack M. Bass, Jr. spent his entire life with horses, as a local owner and avid supporter of steeplechase horses. He and his wife Melinda were founding members of the Nashville Gun Club and the Hillsboro Hounds.
Race Results for Race 1, the $15,000 Guilford Dudley, Jr. Memorial Flat Race, sponsored by Kentucky Downs (HORSE’S NAME, followed by owner, trainer, rider):
- WINNER: KINGS GIANT (Magalen O. Bryant, Jonathan Sheppard, Willie McCarthy)
Race Results for Race 2, the $35,000 Bright Hour Stakes:
- WINNER: CHARMINSTER (Irvin S. Naylor, Cyril Murphy, Carol-Ann Sloan)
Race Results for Race 3, the $75,000 Marcellus Frost (Grade III) Sport of Kings Novice Hurdle Stakes,sponsored by Franklin Kubota/Franklin Horse Supply:
- WINNER: SYROS (Mrs. S. K. Johnston Jr., Jack Fisher, Jack Doyle)
Race Results for Race 4, the $50,000 Margaret Currey Henley Sport of Kings Filly & Mare Hurdle Stakes, sponsored by Nashville Rug Gallery:
- WINNER: KISSER N RUN (Clarke Ohrstrom, Richard L. Valentine, Darren Nagle)
Race Results for Race 5, the $40,000 George Sloan & John Sloan Sr. Sport of Kings Maiden Hurdle, sponsored by Shane Co.:
- WINNER:AFRICAN OIL (Gary Barber, Kate Dalton, Bernard Dalton)
Race Results for Race 6, the $50,000 Mason Houghland Memorial Timber Stakes, sponsored by Anderson Benson/PURE Insurance:
- WINNER: CORNHUSKER (Armata Stables, Alicia Murphy, Mark Beecher)
Race Results for Race 7, the $150,000 Calvin Houghland Iroquois (Grade I) Hurdle Stakes, sponsored by Bank of America:
- FIRST PLACE WINNER: DEMONSTRATIVE (Mrs. George L. Ohrstrom, Jr., Richard L. Valentine, Jack Doyle)
- Second Place: MR. HOT STUFF (Mrs. S. K. Johnston, Jr., Jack Fisher, Paddy Young)
- Third Place: BARNSTORMING (Around The Ben, Jonathan Sheppard, Willie McCarthy)
- Fourth Place: DIVINE FORTUNE (William L. Pape & Jonathan Sheppard, Jonathan Sheppard, Darren Nagle)
- Fifth Place: PIERROT LUNAIRE (Mrs. Calvin Houghland, F. Bruce Miller, Kieran Norris)
Don’t forget that renewals are NOW OPEN! Get your spot in Hunt Club, the box seats or tailgating today! Visit our website to renew your spot for next year’s race – May 14, 2016! And don’t forget to stay social with us throughout the year. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @TNSteeplechase and on Facebook atwww.Facebook.com/IroquoisSteeplechase.