First Lady Jane Beshear's Communications Office
Ellis Park Hosts “Horses and Hope” Race Day

Press Release Date:  Friday, August 14, 2009  
Contact Information:  Jay Blanton
Sarah Baird

Program created by First Lady Jane Beshear to raise breast cancer awareness and education

FRANKFORT, Ky. – As part of the “Horses and Hope” program created by First Lady Jane Beshear and the Kentucky Cancer Program to support breast cancer awareness, tomorrow Ellis Park will host its second Breast Cancer Race Day.

Every year between 2,800 and 3,200 women are diagnosed with breast cancer, making it the second leading cause of death for women in Kentucky. Such a staggering statistic led Mrs. Beshear to develop “Horses and Hope”: an initiative to educate, improve awareness and offer screenings for the often overlooked members of Kentucky’s horse industry.

“It is always admirable to see the citizens of this great Commonwealth come together for a common cause – to raise awareness of such a terrible disease,” said Mrs. Beshear. “I am truly thrilled that we are able to hold four race days to help in the fight of the second leading cause of cancer deaths among Kentucky women.”

Gates open at 11 a.m. Central time with the “Horses and Hope” race running at approximately 1:15 p.m. Central time. Admission is free.

In addition to the event at Ellis Park, “Horses and Hope” will sponsor Breast Cancer Race Days to raise awareness at other Kentucky racetracks on the following days:

  • Friday, Sept. 25, 2009 – Turfway Park
  • Thursday, Oct. 29, 2009 – Keeneland
  • Sunday, Nov. 15, 2009 – Churchill Downs

In July, First Lady Jane Beshear celebrated the one year anniversary and phenomenal success of the Horses and Hope program. Since the program began in 2008 over 760 track workers have been educated about the importance of testing for breast cancer, six screening dates led to the further testing and diagnosis of breast cancer in two individuals, and over 125,246 Race Day fans have learned more about the importance of being tested as well as about the prevalence of breast cancer in the Commonwealth.

For more information about how to become involved in the Horses and Hope program and for information about upcoming 2009 Breast Cancer Race Days, visit: