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.
The Iroquois Steeplechase is an iconic sporting event that has been Nashville’s rite of spring since 1941, attracting tens of thousands of spectators to watch the best horses and riders in the world race over hurdles on a three-mile turf track! Held the second Saturday of each May at Percy Warner Park, we are Music City’s annual celebration of time-honored traditions, Tennessee hospitality and Southern fashions. See below for fast facts about #TNSteeplechase:
NASHVILLE, Tenn., and CHELTENHAM, England – Equestrians in the 17th century British Isles would race cross-country to the tallest church steeple, a tradition that has evolved into one of the most popular styles of modern horse racing over hurdles. Now the two most iconic steeplechase races in the United States and the United Kingdom are offering a $500,000 bonus to any horse that wins both races within a year.