An Event Like No Other

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A Steeplechase is coming to the Horse Capital of the World! On the first Saturday in March, 2022, the Florida Horse Park will host a day of exhilarating racing action contested over fences for the first time. In addition to the races themselves, the steeplechase is a unique social outing with a timeless atmosphere and classic race day fashion on display. The steeplechase has something for everyone from a children's pony race to exclusive hospitality marquees to tailgating spaces from which you, your friends and family can set up a personal party base to watch the day's action.

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Steeplechasing is a historic sport in the United States. The first formally recorded  steeplechase in the US took place in 1834, hosted by the Washington (D.C.) Jockey Club. While spectators no longer arrive by horse and carriage, steeplechasing is a timeless sport that still upholds longstanding traditions and values. The Florida Steeplechase will be the first event of its kind to take place in Ocala, and is currently the only steeplechase meet running in the state of Florida.   

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Steeplechase horses are unique and phenomenal athletes that posses a trifecta of speed, stamina and jumping prowess. Most American steeplechase horses begin their racing careers on the flat track at venues such as Gulfstream Park and Tampa Bay Downs. Many others are imported from overseas, primarily from Ireland, the United Kingdom, France, Germany and New Zealand where jumps racing is more prominent.

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