Kentucky Horse Park

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, April 12, 2006  
Contact Information:  Cindy Rullman, 859-259-4209 ext 209,  

LEXINGTON, KY (April 11, 2006)  The High Hope Steeplechase Association is teaming-up with Coca-Cola, Inc., the Thoroughbred community and celebrity guest, Pat Day, to host the 40th running of the High Hope Steeplechase on May 21.


Rich in tradition, beautiful horses, adrenaline boosts, great food, tailgating, children’s activities, dogs, shopping, soaring horses and spirits, and an afternoon to see-and-be-seen, the High Hope Steeplechase features five National Steeplechase Association-sanctioned races and two local flat races including the much anticipated Ashford/Coolmore Sportsman’s Challenge.  Another legendary jockey, Chris McCarron, will come out of retirement to take on the local lads in this riveting two-mile flat race.  The Sportsman’s Challenge attracts the Thoroughbred community as jockeys representing central Kentucky horse farms vie for a coveted trophy and bragging rights. High Hope also invites the general public to attend the Sportsman’s Challenge draw party, May 15 at 6pm, hosted by McCarthy’s Irish Pub in downtown Lexington.


High Hope includes racing for terriers and stick horses. Kids can enjoy family-friendly activities including a children’s tent, bouncy castle, face painting, Cambo The Clown and much more.


Join the Chaser’s Eve Party, May 20 at 7pm, sponsored by Broadview Buildings, at the Keeneland Entertainment Center.  The evening includes a silent and live auction with some impressive equine-related items, and a chance to meet the Sportsman’s Challenge celebrity jockeys.


For tickets or more information, contact the High Hope office at 859-967-9444 or click on


High Hope Steeplechase is a volunteer-based event benefiting the Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center- A Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation Facility (TRF), Central Kentucky Riding for Hope (CKRH), and the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation (KHPF) – all located at the Kentucky Horse Park, as well as the Blue Grass Farms Chaplaincy (BGFC).


Editor's Note:  High-res, high-quality photos of the High Hope Steeplechase are available for use in your publication by emailing




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 nearly 900,000 visitors and 15,000 competition horses in more than 100 special events and horse shows in 2005.  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.