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Demonstrative Wins Iroquois Steeplechase

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Big hats and bow ties adorned the big crowds for Saturday's running of the Iroquois Steeplechase. "Demonstrative," ridden by Robert Walsh, was the winner of the big race, and took home $150,000. This was the horse's 9th win in 29 starts. A horse named "Lake Placid" led for most of the race.

The rains from the past couple of weekends stayed away as fans came out for the huge race at Percy Warner Park. This year, some 25,000 fans attended.

The ground was still a little muddy from earlier rains, but that didn't keep everyone from dressing their best. This year, organizers started a "best dressed" competition for spectators. 

Saturday was also a big day for a Franklin High School senior. 18-year-old Gustav Dahl was a jockey. He won Race 7 on the horse, "Worried Man." He helped the horses owners win $50,000.

The gates opened early Saturday and the first race kicked off around 1:00 p.m., the final race wrapped up around 6:30 p.m. Proceeds from the event benefit the Monroe Carell, Junior, Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.

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