High Hope Steeplechase Canceled This Year

Organizers indicated the Lexington-area event will return in 2014.

The High Hope Steeplechase, which was scheduled for May 19 at the Kentucky Horse Park near Lexington, has been canceled, event directors said.

In a memo, officials cited a lack of entries for the 46th High Hope Steeplechase, which features racing and other events.

"To produce a day of racing short of customary High Hope excellence is a disservice to our fans, sponsors, horsemen, the four designated charities, and our history," the memo states. "We look forward to a wonderful day of racing in 2014, and appreciate your understanding and continued support."

High Hope directors said monetary donations for this year's event can be refunded or remain with The High Hope Steeplechase for disbursement to charities. Auction items can be returned or left with organizers for the 2014 silent auction.