Fifth Annual Horses and Hope Race Day set for Nov. 18 at Churchill Downs
Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear, UofL’s Kentucky Cancer Program sponsor event for breast cancer survivors
Left, Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear. Right, top to bottom, Rep. Joni Jenkins, Gunnar Deatherage and Jessica Rizzo
The Fifth Annual Horses and Hope Race Day hosted by Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear and the Kentucky Cancer Program at the University of Louisville’s James Graham Brown Cancer Center will be Sunday, Nov. 18, at Churchill Downs.
Gates open at 11:30 a.m. with first post time at 12:40 p.m. The Horses and Hope program begins at 1 p.m. and the event continues throughout the day of racing.
The event honors breast cancer survivors and their families and friends, who are invited to wear pink to the event to highlight breast cancer awareness. Each year, Horses and Hope Race Day features a luncheon buffet on Millionaires Row, race handicapping tips with racing analyst Jill Byrne of Churchill Downs, remarks by the First Lady, gifts for survivors and more.
This year, participants will have the opportunity to meet Louisville fashion designer and Season 10 participant on Lifetime TV’s “Project Runway,” Gunnar Deatherage; James Graham Brown Cancer Center Ambassador Jessica Rizzo; and State District 44 Rep. Joni Jenkins of Shively. Jenkins was the sponsor of House Bill 7 in 2005 that created the Breast Cancer Research and Education Trust Fund to support and advance breast cancer research, education, treatment, screening and awareness efforts in the state. The trust fund awards competitive grants to eligible organizations providing breast cancer programs and services. Kentucky taxpayers can donate to the fund through their state income tax returns.
Horses and Hope is a project of Beshear, the Kentucky Cancer Program and the Pink Stable, a committee of Kentucky horse owners, trainers, stable owners, jockeys, racetrack representatives, and others. The mission is to increase breast cancer awareness, education, screening, and treatment referral among Kentucky's horse industry workers and their families.
Cost to attend Horses and Hope Race Day is $28 for adults and $18 for children age 12 and under and includes admission to the Downs, parking at Gate 10, seating on Millionaires Row Four and the luncheon buffet. Tickets can be purchased from Churchill Downs online or by phone at 502-636-4400. For more information about Horses and Hope Race Day, contact the Kentucky Cancer Program at UofL, 877-326-1134 or 502-852-6318.