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Giddy Up for 2023 Iroquois Steeplechase

All children 12 and under can experience Iroquois Steeplechase free!

Get out your fancy hats for the 82nd annual Iroquois Steeplechase! The annual day of racing returns to Percy Warner Park (50 Vaughn Road, Nashville) on Saturday, May 13, 2023 from 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. The race benefits the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. In addition, attendees can expect glamor, fun and family activities like pony riding and the “Michael Stanley Stick Horse Race” for kids.

Stick Pony Races | Stick pony, The sporting life, Steeplechase

A time-honored tradition at the Iroquois Steeplechase is watching the kids compete in the Michael Stanley Stick Horse Race to win a $100 gift card to Phillips Toy Mart.

All children 12 and under are free. The Family Area is located near the track for easy viewing. In addition, the area features free games and activities for kids accompanied by a parent.

What’s new?

The race continues to grow its Steeplechase Central area. This spot includes vendor shops, an art gallery, a full-service cash bar and food trucks. Tailgaters have six areas to choose from around and inside the track and can also add an equipment package upgrade to their experience. The equipment package includes a tent set up in your tailgating spot with a table, chairs and cooler.

Ticket changes for this year:

  • Sent digitally this year (two weeks prior to race day)
  • No need to pick up tickets at Will Call anymore
  • Parking passes must be printed and visible on race day as you approach the grounds

For race day information, click hereFor more about Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt:



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Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 4-year-old Ezra and baby Norah.