Ernest K. Hardison Jr., who rode Bank Robber to victory in 1944, was named the 2009 inductee into the Iroquois Steeplechase Hall of Fame, it was announced Thursday.
The race committee selected Hardison for the honor, which recognizes owner, trainers and riders who have helped raise the stature of the Iroquois Steeplechase.
His victorious ride aboard Bank Robber came after an earlier victory that same day in the flat race aboard his own horse, Tedder. Ultimately, Hardison was involved in the Iroquois Steeplechase for 44 years as a jockey, trainer and owner.
“His ongoing support was extremely beneficial during the early days of the Iroquois and helped the young event build a strong foundation in Nashville’s sporting and social culture,” Dwight Hall, chairman of the Iroquois Steeplechase Race Committee, said in a release.
The 68th running of the Iroquois Steeplechase will take place May 9 at Percy Warner Park.