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Iroquois Steeplechase
Grade I race
Location Percy Warner Park
Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Inaugurated1941
Race type ThoroughbredSteeplechase
Website Iroquois Steeplechase
Race information
Distance3 miles
SurfaceTurf
TrackSteeplechase, national fences
QualificationFour-Year-Olds and Upward
WeightFour-year-olds, 142 lbs.; older, 158 lbs.
Purse$150,000

The Iroquois Steeplechase (also known as the Iroquois Hurdle Stakes) is an American Grade I NSA sanctioned steeplechase race run each spring at Percy Warner Park in Nashville, Tennessee.

The race dates back to 1941, and has been held annually, except in 1945, due to World War II. [1] The Iroquois itself is the culmination of a card of races which usually includes five to seven preliminary races, both flat races and steeplechases. The race is named for Iroquois, the first American-bred Thoroughbred to win the prestigious British Epsom Derby. [2]

Several winners of the race have been named American Champion Steeplechase Horse including Flatterer, Lonesome Glory, Correggio, All Gong, Good Night Shirt, Pierrot Lunaire, Divine Fortune, Demonstrative, Rawnaq and Scorpiancer.

The race is three miles long, over national fences and for four-year-olds and over. [3]

Records since 1991

Speed record:

  • 5:36.20 - Arcadius (2012)

Most wins by a horse:

  • 3 - Uncle Edwin (1982, 1985, 1986)

Most wins by a jockey:

  • 4 - Blythe Miller (1991, 1992, 1995, 2002)

Most wins by a trainer:

  • 4 - Bruce Miller (1995, 2003, 2003, 2009)
  • 4 - Jack Fisher (1996, 2007, 2008, 2000, 2017)
  • 4 - Jonathan E. Sheppard (1993, 1994, 2012, 2014)

Most wins by an owner:

  • 3 - Irvin S. Naylor (2010, 2011, 2016)
  • 3 - William C. Lickle (1991, 1992, 1997)

Winners since 1991

Year
Winner
Age
Jockey
Trainer
Owner
Time
1991 [4] Victorian Hill 6 Blythe Miller Janet Elliot William C. Lickle 5:29.40
1992 [5] Victorian Hill 7 Blythe Miller Janet Elliot William C. Lickle 5:31.90
1993 [6] Mistico 7 Sanna Neilson Jonathan E. Sheppard R. Dee Hubbard 5:43.00
1994 [7] Mistico 8 Craig Thornton Jonathan E. Sheppard R. Dee Hubbard 5:28.60
1995 [8] Lonesome Glory 7 Blythe Miller F. Bruce Miller Walter M. Jeffords, Jr. 5:32.80
1996 [9] To Ridley 6 Sean Clancy Jack Fisher Mrs. F. Eugene Dixon, Jr 5:41.80
1997 [10] Correggio 6 Archibald Kingsley Janet Elliot William C. Lickle 5:51.80
1998 [11] Rowdy Irishman 9 Vincent Marzullo Bruce Haynes Vesta Balestiere 5:51.80
1999 [12] Rowdy Irishman 10 Vincent Marzullo Bruce Haynes Vesta Balestiere 5:50.60
2000 [13] Pinkie Swear 6 Sean Clancy Charles Fenwick Jr. Arcadia Stable 5:50.00
2001 [14] Rand 7 Eddie Lamb Mark Oulaghan Eamon Cleary 5:35.00
2002 [15] All Gong 8 Blythe Miller F. Bruce Miller Calvin Houghland 5:32.40
2003 [16] Pelagos 8 Tom Foley F. Bruce Miller Mr & Mrs Michael E. Hoffman 5:46.60
2004 [17] Tres Touche 7 David Bentley Richard Hendicks Estate of Barracuda Stables 5:38.60
2005 [18] Sur La Tete 7 Christopher Read Neil R. Morris Kinross Corporation 5:47.40
2006 [19] Sur La Tete 8 Christopher Read Neil R. Morris Kinross Corporation 5:47.60
2007 [20] Good Night Shirt 6 Willie Dowling Jack Fisher Harold A. Via Jr. 5:50.40
2008 [21] Good Night Shirt 7 Willie Dowling Jack Fisher Harold A. Via Jr. 5:47.60
2009 [22] Pierrot Lunaire 5 Chip Miller F. Bruce Miller Calvin Houghland 6:27.40
2010 [23] Tax Ruling 7 Darren Nagle Desmond Fogarty Irvin S. Naylor 5:37.20
2011 [24] Tax Ruling 8 Darren Nagle Brianne A. Slater Irvin S. Naylor 5:46.20
2012 [25] Arcadius 8 Brian Crowley Jonathan E. Sheppard Hudson River Farms 5:36.20
2013 [26] Demonstrative 6 Robert Walsh Richard L. Valentine Mrs George L. Ohrstrom Jr 5:42.20
2014 [27] Divine Fortune 11 William McCarthy Jonathan E. Sheppard William L. Pape & Jonathan E. Sheppard 5:39.40
2015 [28] Demonstrative 8 Jack Doyle Richard L. Valentine Mrs George L. Ohrstrom Jr 5:47.60
2016 [29] Rawnaq 9 Jack Doyle Cyril Murphy Irvin S Naylor 5:42.40
2017 [30] Scorpiancer 8 Sean McDermott Jack Fisher Bruton Street US 5:37.00

Earlier winners

  • 1990 Pacific Spy
  • 1989 Kesslin
  • 1988 Steve Canyon
  • 1987 Flatterer
  • 1986 Uncle Edwin
  • 1985 Uncle Edwin
  • 1984 Census
  • 1983 Census
  • 1982 Uncle Edwin

References

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  10. ^ "1997 result". www.equibase.com.
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  22. ^ "English Invader Upsets Good Night Shirt". The Blood-Horse.
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  24. ^ "2011 result". www.equibase.com.
  25. ^ "2012 result". www.equibase.com.
  26. ^ "2013 result". www.equibase.com.
  27. ^ "2014 result". www.equibase.com.
  28. ^ "2015 result". www.equibase.com.
  29. ^ "2016 result". www.racingpost.com.
  30. ^ "2017 result". www.racingpost.com.