From the website for the Iroquois Steeplechase in Tennessee: “Race day is filled with glamour, fun and suspense and you won’t want to miss a minute of it. The Iroquois Steeplechase is the premier spring event in Nashville and is packed with entertaining and exciting activities for all ages.” There’s the hat contest, shopping – at the “shoppes” – plenty of gastronomic options, private and party tents, and, of course, tailgating! For the children – who, by the way, if 12 or under get in free! – there are myriad games and activities, including the “Michael Stanley Stick Horse Race.”
With that as backdrop, consider this from the Stewards’ Report on the 80th edition of the steeplechase, June 26: “REPEAT REPEAT fell at the 13th fence and was euthanized after sustaining a fractured left front leg.” Dead, where he lay. As if not enough, five races later, Footpad “fell and was vanned off.” In other words, there’s a very good possibility that two horses died in front of all those revelers – children included. To which I say to all the adults involved, for shame. For shame.