NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Rawnaq regained the lead in stretch and held on to win the $200,000 Calvin Houghland Iroquois Steeplechase on Saturday at Percy Warner Park.
The 9-year-old gelding became eligible for a $500,000 bonus offered by Baltimore's Brown Advisory Group to the Iroquois winner with a victory in England in March in the Ryanair World Hurdle.
When asked if he was willing to accept the challenge for his Irish-bred horse, owner Irvin S. Naylor of Reisterstown, Maryland, said, ''Yes. Somebody else did all the work to set it up. I'll go and take their money.''
The win was the second straight in stakes company for Rawnaq. Last month, he and regular jockey Jack Doyle were 15-length winners in the Temple Gwathmey Stakes at Middleburg, Virginia.
The Irish-bred Rawnaq took the measure of two horses that were shipped from Ireland to run for Iroquois purse and the bonus. Shaneshill, a winner at Naas in January, was second with Danny Mullins aboard. Champion rider Ruby Walsh was third aboard Nichols Canyon. Both horses are trained by the Irish champion trainer Willie Mullins.
Rawnaq ran three miles in 5:42.40.