Iroquois Steeplechase – 70 Years as Nashville’s Annual Spectacle of Horses, Hats & Hounds

Iroquois Steeplechase
Iroquois Steeplechase – Jeff Kluss

2011 marks the 70th Anniversary of the Nashville Iroquois Steeplechase.

Although the Kentucky Derby may get the majority of the horse racing attention, the south’s “other derby” event attracts over 25,000 people to the Percy Warner Park every year and horses from around the globe.

The Iroquois Steeplechase is a charitable event and benefits the Monroe Carell, Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

Nashville’s Annual Spectacle of beautiful horses, stunning hats & amazing hounds, is scheduled May 14, 2011

Seventy years after the three-mile race course was built on a hillside in Warner Parks in Nashville, this year’s event will celebrate a local spring and a family tradition that attracts huge crowds annually and racing horses from all around the globe.

We are proud Nashville is home to the hottest contested steeplechasing event on the National Steeplechasing Associations spring circuit, said Dwight Hall, event chairman. We are particularly proud that this will be the 70th year that the Iroquois Steeplechase has taken place on these grounds.

The running of the Iroquois will continue to benefit the Monroe Carell Jr. Childrens Hospital at Vanderbilt. Since the original partnership began in 1981, greater than $9 million has been raised for Childrens Hospital.

Monroe Carell Jr. Childrens Hospital at Vanderbilt is nationally recognized as a leading provider of pediatric health care services.

The A 238-bed facility, Childrens Hospital is ranked as one of the top 26 childrens hospitals in the nation by U.S. News & World Report magazine in the specialty areas of urology, neonatology, digestive disorders, orthopaedics, heart/heart surgery and is ranked 15th in the nation by Parents magazine.

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