NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Divine Fortune, the 2013 steeplechase horse of the year, started a successful defense of his title Saturday, winning the 73rd running of the Iroquois Steeplechase at Percy Warner Park.
The 11-year-old gelding went to the front at the drop of the starter’s flag and stayed there to win the $150,000 stakes race.
Jockey Willie McCarthy’s winning ride aboard Divine Fortune in the 3-mile race over 18 national hurdles was his third of the afternoon.
More than 20,000 people were in attendance at this year’s event.
Security was tight, but there were no reports of any problems.
*The Associated Press contributed to this story.