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Rawnaq fends off Irish invaders to capture Nashville feature
African Oil third in season debut over fences
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It was, in a phrase, a race for the ages, an international classic in an American spring classic. The Irish invaded Tennessee in force on Saturday with two world-class competitors, but they could not get past a dead-game Rawnaq (Ire), who led for most of the $200,000 Calvin Houghland Iroquois (Gr. 1), the signature race of the 75th annual Iroquois Steeplechase in Nashville.