Virginia Lazenby’s Dreamin Fool (right) set the pace in the Aiken Spring Races’ $30,000 Budweiser Imperial Cup, was headed by Orchestra Leader approaching the final fence, and fought back to win Saturday’s featured optional allowance hurdle by three-quarters of a length.
As has become an annual tradition, the Post presents In Charge, a compendium of Middle Tennessee’s top business, politics and civic leaders. The more than 450 women and men on our list, the Post’s seventh, represent the best of the best — and always are “in charge.”
Pete Bird — President and CEO, Frist Foundation: Has served as foundation head since 2002 but with the entity since 1983. Oversees more than $140 million in foundation assets.
Albert Menefee — President, Iroquois Steeplechase Race Committee: Has served on committee for 15-plus years as secretary and treasurer before appointment to president in 2008. Steeplechase, celebrating 75th anniversary in 2016, has raised more than $10 million for Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital since 1981.
Transatlantic Challenge Sweetened…
A $500,000 bonus–coined the Brown Advisory Iroquois Cheltenham Challenge–was announced last year for any horse that could win the Iroquois Steeplechase in Nashville, Tennessee and Cheltenham’s Ryanair World Hurdle in the same calendar year, and the incentive was sweetened Thursday when Nashville’s Volunteer State Horsemen’s Foundation raised the prize of their contest by $50,000 to $200,000.
This article was reposted from the Cheltenham Racecourse's article on March 17th here.
Thistlecrack produced a remarkable performance when running away with a strongly-run renewal of the Ryanair World Hurdle at Cheltenham this afternoon.
The even money favourite was always travelling powerfully under jockey Tom Scudamore and was still on the bridle turning for home, having seen off every one of his rivals bar Alpha Des Obeaux, who was being asked for his effort as the pair hit the home straight.
On the morning of March 17th, nearly 100 people will gather at Sam’s Place in Belle Meade to watch the live telecast of Cheltenham Festival's Ryanair World Hurdle (10:30 a.m.) and the kickoff of the Brown Advisory Iroquois Cheltenham Challenge.
If you're attending our watch party tomorrow, start plotting your bet--here's the final 2016 Ryanair World Hurdle race card:
Last fall, officials from the Iroquois Steeplechase in Nashville, Tennessee and Cheltenham Racecourse in the United Kingdom announced a $500,000 bonus to any horse that could win both the Iroquois and the Cheltenham World Hurdle within one calendar year. Now the Volunteer State Horsemen’s Foundation has boosted the purse on the American side to $200,000, a $50,000 increase.
On Thursday, we kick off a transAtlantic rivalry and the Brown Advisory Iroquois Cheltenham Challenge at our St. Patrick's Day Watch Party at Sam's Place!
Yesterday, Executive Director Libby Cheek caught up with WSMV's Kacey Haggerty to talk about the exciting partnership, the watch party, and the 75th Iroquois Steeplechase. Watch below:
Founders, family, friends, owners, trainers and riders associated for the past 75 years with the Iroquois Steeplechase are being interviewed and recorded to gain the historical knowledge and content to produce a commemorative book entitled, Celebrating Excellence – 75 Years of the Iroquois Steeplechase.