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Divine Fortune Wins Iroquois Steeplechase

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Divine Fortune has won the 73rd running of the Iroquois Steeplechase.

Despite the rain chances, more than 25,000 people turned out for this year’s event. The winner, Divine Fortune, took home the $150,000 prize.

Often referred to as Nashville's “rite of spring,” the Iroquois has been one of the richest races on the spring circuit

The possibility of rain threatened to put a damper on the event, but the weather held off just long enough to make it an almost perfect day at the race track.

The annual event is also also a big fundraiser for the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. 

“All of Nashville is coming out her and supporting something so important as raising funds for the Children's Hospital is absolutely amazing,” said Ian Quinn, a resident of Hendersonville. “So many people put so much hard work into it and it's just rain or shine, we love that aspect of it. People still get dressed up for it -- in some pretty crazy outfits."

Private patio spaces and tents as well as skybox suites, were some of the new additions to this year’s race.

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