LEXINGTON, KY (May 5, 2005) The call to action tauntingly compels, “Dust off your britches, bring your horse and pry open your wallet…it’s time to grab your glory.” With that, the High Hope Steeplechase organizers have thrown down the gauntlet, and any sportsman with an ounce of competitive spirit coursing through his or her veins will be helpless to resist the blatant challenge. It’s going to be another great race day!
Each year for a quarter of a century, the High Hope Steeplechase has been held at the Kentucky Horse Park and drawn horses and riders from across the nation to participate in one of Kentucky’s most exciting and prestigious social events. This year’s race card on May 22 boasts four National Steeplechase Association-sanctioned steeplechase races and two local flat races.
Included in the line-up are the $25,000 – Coca-Cola Sport of Kings maiden race, the Ashford-Coolmore Sportsman’s Challenge, the NTRA Purchasing hurdle, the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute timber race and the all-new Lexington Derby -- a 1 ¼ -mile race over three obstacles, run by Hunters and stable ponies.
John Nicholson, Executive Director of the Kentucky Horse Park commented, “The High Hope Steeplechase has become one of the area’s best social outings – a real Kentucky tradition. It’s a wonderful time to bring the family for a relaxed picnic under the trees or socialize in reserved seating with fine dining. With either choice, it’s a superb way to see racing as it was meant to be, watching beautiful horses on a beautiful spring day.”
The afternoon of racing also includes terrier races, Dachshund races, stick horse races, pony rides, parade of the Woodford Hounds and much more. Proceeds benefit Central Kentucky Riding for Hope and the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation.
Gates open at 11 am, terrier races begin at noon and steeplechases begin at 2 pm. General admission is $25 for track side parking and the summer’s best tail gaiting.
For more information contact the High Hope office in the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation at 859-255-5727 or visit their website at www.highhopesteeplechase.com.
The Kentucky Horse Park is a working horse farm/theme park and equine competition facility dedicated to man’s relationship with the horse. The park is an agency of the Kentucky Commerce Cabinet that hosted more than 900,000 visitors and 80 special events and horse shows in 2004. The park is located at Exit 120, Interstate 75, just north of Lexington. The place to get close to horses, the park is open daily March 15 to October 31, and Wednesday through Sunday, November 1 to March 14.