The race is run on turf with a purse of $150,000. It took place on May 9th this year, the 74th running.
Seven races are held and attendance is generally over 25,000 (which would explain all the signs). Most are decked out in their spring finest wardrobes including women's hats to match those worn at the Kentucky Derby. They say it is the best hats in the South.
Money is raised for the Monroe Carell, Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt which has received nearly $10 million in funds from the event since becoming the cause in 1981.
The Iroquois Steeplechase grounds were constructed in 1936 as part of a parks improvement project to the Works Progress Administration, part of FDR's attempt to get the U.S. out of the Great Depression.
Had we been there three days later, we would have been in the middle of it.
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