NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Demonstrative took the lead at the last hurdle and beat Mr. Hot Stuff by a neck Saturday in the $150,000 Iroqouis Steeplechase at Percy Warner Park.
Demonstrative, also the 2013 winner, beat four rivals, including two previous champions, in the three-mile race over 18 hurdles in the first of the National Steeplechase Association's six Grade 1 stakes.
With Irish rider Jack Doyle substituting for the injured Robbie Walsh, Demonstrative sat behind Divine Fortune for 2-3/4 miles before making a move toward the leaders.
Rounding the final turn, Doyle moved inside of Divine Fortune and jumped the final hurdle on even terms with the fast-closing Mr. Hot Stuff and Divine Fortune.
Demonstrative finished in 5 minutes, 47 2-5 seconds on the firm turf.
Divine Fortune faded to fourth.
The win for the 8-year-old Demonstrative was his 12th from 29 starts over the jumps. The winner's check for $90,000 raised his earnings running in hurdle races to $854,000.