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.

Dr. John K. Griggs

2016 Inductee

The Iroquois Steeplechase was proud to honor Dr. John K. Griggs as the newest inductee into the Iroquois Steeplechase Hall of Fame in 2016. Dr. Griggs' father rode in the first Iroquois and was 2nd on Bank Robber in 1942. Starting with his appearance as a pony rider, Dr. John K. Griggs went on to 3 Iroquois wins during his career as an Owner/Trainer. His biggest successes were as an owner and trainer, having owned and trained winners in 1980 (Ready Perk), 1981 (Daddy Dumpling), and 1988 (Steve Canyon), all ridden by his son, Kirk.

Dr Griggs has owned and trained winners of most of the other Iroquois races including the Frost and won the feature race at the Royal Chase. He owned and trained 1994 Eclipse winner Warm Spell. At one time, Dr. Griggs was 4th on the all-time money won list for steeplechase owners. He started the High Hope steeplechase in Lexington, KY. We were pleased to welcome Dr. Griggs back to the place where it all began on the 75th anniversary of the Iroquois and were saddened to hear of his passing on October 18, 2016.