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The Iroquois Steeplechase Marks 70 Years as Nashville’s Annual Spectacle of Horse, Hats and Hounds

Iroquois Steeplechase Set for May 14, 2011

It all began in 1936 when Marcellus Frost suggested to John Sloan, Sr. that a hillside in Warner Parks would make a perfect location for an equestrian racecourse. It was several years later that President Franklin Roosevelt, through the Works Progress Administration, granted permission for a three-mile course to be built. In 1941, the first running of The Iroquois Steeplechase took place.