history

The Iroquois Steeplechase has been Nashville's rite of spring since 1941, a time-honored tradition of Middle Tennesseans for 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.

Guilford Dudley, Jr.

2007 Inductee

For forty years, Guilford Dudley had various horses in the Iroquois, a remarkable achievement. This persistence was rewarded in 1962 when “Navy Fighter”, owned and trained by Dudley, with Alan Dufton up, won the Iroquois. Moreover, Dudley won the flat race an astounding nine times. Because of his support of the Iroquois and his many accomplishments in it, the Iroquois Steeplechase Race Committee named the flat race in his honor and prompted the committee to create the Iroquois Steeplechase Hall of Fame. Its purpose is to honor the great individual contributors to this race meet so that their names and exploits as part of the Iroquois will always be remembered by horsemen and the public at large.