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

Press Release Date:  Friday, November 13, 2009  
Contact Information:  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, Sunday Churchill Downs will host its second Breast Cancer Race Day.

Every year approximately 3000 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.

“The event last year at Churchill Downs was a huge success and I am thrilled that Churchill is hosting another event this year,” said Mrs. Beshear. “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.”

Gates open at 11:30 a.m. Eastern time with the “Horses and Hope” race running at approximately 2:30 p.m. General admission is $3.

In addition to the event at Churchill Downs, “Horses and Hope” sponsored Breast Cancer Race Days to raise awareness at Keeneland, Turfway Park and Ellis Park.

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 visit: