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Thousands show up for 78th annual Iroquois Steeplechase

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Posted at 8:49 PM, May 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-11 21:49:42-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Thousands showed up for the 78th annual Iroquois Steeplechase at Percy Warner Park today.

"I love what steeplechase does, bringing people from all over together and we get to watch these beautiful horses," said Karen Johnson, Steeplechase attendee.

Since 1941, the horse races have been Nashville's rite of Spring! Organizers say despite the rain, about 25,000 people showed up for the horse races!

"It's everything, the colorful costumes people are wearing, you don't normally get to see that," said Gary Kramer, first timer at Steeplechase.

There were seven races altogether and in between each race, folks got to enjoy food, drinks and music.

Scorpiancer won Iroquois Steeplechase for second time in three years.

Donations from the event will largely benefit the Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.