Iroquois Steeplechase 2024

Heidi Newfield sings the National Anthem during the 83rd running of the Iroquois Steeplechase at Percy Warner Park in Nashville, Tenn., Saturday, May 11, 2024.

The second Saturday in May holds a significant place in the hearts of many Nashvillians. For months, jockeys diligently work with their horses to foster a harmonious relationship as a unified pair of competitors. Concurrently, Nashvillians meticulously plan their attire for a day of enjoyment as they enthusiastically support the remarkable athletes. The Iroquois Steeplechase draws thousands, and this day — the 83rd running — was no exception.

This year’s Iroquois Steeplechase was proclaimed a resounding success as over 30,000 fervent racegoers assembled at Percy Warner Park on Saturday for an exhilarating day of equestrian excellence and tradition.

A vast array of artistic hats and seersucker suits adorned the Steeplechase grounds. Picnic baskets filled with delicacies such as cold fried chicken, chicken salad or pimento cheese sandwiches, cranberry salad, and various other treats were present in the boxes, eagerly consumed by the hungry racegoers. The spirit of camaraderie was palpable as fans traveled from box to box or through the tents, socializing with friends and enjoying beverages such as mimosas, bloody marys, and more.

Families relished the stick horse races sponsored by Phillips Toy Mart, as well as the family area and Steeplechase Central, which featured shops, food trucks, and other retail options.

According to officials, the event — sponsored by Bank of America — also witnessed a historic three-peat for Snap Decision, who secured a third overall victory to the delight of fans and spectators.

Competing against a field of seven formidable contenders — including Noah and the Ark, Jimmy P, and Zabeel Champion — organizers stated that the steadfast 10-year-old triumphed for the third year in the Calvin Houghland Iroquois, following a “commanding 2 1/2 length win in the Temple Gwathmey Handicap Hurdle Grade 2,” thereby solidifying his legacy as one of the greatest competitors in steeplechase racing.

“We are thrilled to have witnessed another unforgettable Iroquois Steeplechase,” said Dwight Hall, chairman of the Iroquois Steeplechase. “The caliber of top-rated horses we have attracted truly solidifies the Iroquois Steeplechase’s legacy as a premier destination for steeplechase events in the nation. Snap Decision’s historic win today cements him as one of the century’s best steeplechase horses and signifies the Steeplechasing community’s continued interest and passion in great horses. Congratulations to his owners, trainers, and everyone involved in today’s remarkable win.”

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