Iroquois Steeplechase Introduces Groom's Bonuses


A new Groom's Bonus for the first-place winner of every race has been introduced by the Iroquois Steeplechase. A $1,000 bonus will be awarded for the Iroquois Steeplechase and a $500 bonus for all other races at the race meet. The 2024 Iroquois Steeplechase will run May 11 at Percy Warner Park in Nashville, Tennessee.

“It's our way of saying thank you and acknowledging the hard work and passion that Grooms bring to our beloved sport,” said event sponsor Don Gill. “Without them, we would be at a significant disadvantage and would not be able to properly care for the horses.”

Sara Jo Gill, daughter of the late Steeplechase owner Calvin Houghland, served as the honorary co-chair in the 2010 and 2019 Steeplechase events and was the first female Steeplechase Trustee.

“The Iroquois Steeplechase has branded itself as one of the greatest horse racing events in the equine industry, and we are honored to be a part of something so special,” said Gill. “We are thankful for everyone who contributes to this wonderful race and are very optimistic and delighted for this year's Steeplechase.”

Steeplechase is run by the 501c3 organization, the Volunteer State Horsemen's Foundation (VSHF). Through the VSHF, the Steeplechase supports charitable organizations throughout the community, including the Monroe Carrell Jr. Children's Hospital, Friends of Warner Parks, and The Foundation for the Horse. The Steeplechase attracts around 25,000 racegoers annually.

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