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.

John Sloan Sr.

2007 Inductee

John Sloan, Sr. was a protégé of Mason Houghland who lived on to carefully nurture their equine institutions, the Hillsboro Hounds and the Iroquois Steeplechase. He managed them in excellent order for two decades after Mr. Houghland’s death. About Sloan, John Bibb, the great Tennessean sports writer, said, “If the storied bell is the sound of Nashville’s internationally famous steeplechase, then John Sloan, Sr. is surely the soul of this annual spring celebration.” Actually, Sloan produced the most hilarious moment at the Iroquois when he was announcing the race and switched to cheering his horse “Bank Robber” on to win.