Steeplechase was hot, really hot. But that didn't stop several tens of thousands from showing up to the 77th Iroquois race on Saturday to watch the famous thoroughbred race. And nearly all donned their finest apparel and most fashionable wide-brim hats.
But of all the hats, two Columbia women took home two of the top awards. Mrs. Anne Cain (of Williamsport) won first place (pictured below left in center), and Mrs. Tricia Beck (below right) took third place. Keep in mind that more than 25,000 people attended Steeplechase, so competition can be stiff.
Steeplechase began in 1941 in Nashville's Percy Warner Park as a way to make horse racing more official in the area. Over the years, it has grown to be a much-anticipated Middle Tennessee event that combines a healthy dose of southern socializing and haute couture with seven fast-paced races that span the afternoon, rain or shine.
Groups of spectators spread out around the racetrack - from the raucous infield to the box seats and Hunt Club sections - bringing picnic baskets and favorite beverages. Even children participated, racing their favorite steed in the Stick Horse race.
Columbia represented the iconic event in top style - not just the women but men, as well.
And we tip our hats to Anne Cain and Tricia Beck for their wins!
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