First Lady Jane Beshear's Communications Office
Governor, First Lady to attend “Horses and Hope” Race Day at Keeneland

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, October 28, 2009  
Contact Information:  Jay Blanton
Jill Midkiff

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 Keeneland will host its second Breast Cancer Race Day.

"Horses and Hope is a project near to my heart," Mrs. Beshear said.  “It’s about saving lives and connecting with women in a truly genuine, unparalleled approach.  I am grateful to be partnering with the Markey Cancer Foundation on this particular event, as they are a vital asset in our efforts to increase breast cancer awareness across the Commonwealth."

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.

Thursday’s event at Keeneland will be sponsored by the Markey Cancer Foundation on behalf of the Markey Cancer Center. Gates open at 11 a.m. Eastern time. The “Horses and Hope” race will run at approximately 4:35 p.m. General admission is $5.

In addition to the event at Keeneland, “Horses and Hope” will sponsor Breast Cancer Race Days to raise awareness at Churchill Downs on Sunday, Nov. 15, 2009.

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: