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First Lady Jane Beshear attends Fourth-Annual ‘Horses and Hope Race Day’ at Turfway Park

Press Release Date:  Friday, September 23, 2011  
Contact Information:  Parry Barrows

FLORENCE, Ky.– To help promote breast cancer awareness and honor cancer survivors, First Lady Jane Beshear today attended Turfway Park’s fourth-annual “Horses and Hope Breast Cancer Race Day.”

“We can’t stress enough the importance of early detection when battling the deadly disease of breast cancer,” said Mrs. Beshear. “Race days, such as today’s Turfway Park event, are an exceptional way to inform a large number of Kentuckians about the risks of breast cancer to encourage women to get screened. Thank you to Turfway for its partnership with Horses and Hope as we continue to support survivors and increase breast cancer awareness across the Commonwealth.”

At the event, Horses and Hope provided an open buffet in addition to breast cancer educational information under a large tent in the paddock. University of Kentucky basketball player Mark Krebs was also on site signing copies of his book, “Beyond a Dream,” which in part tells the story of his own mother’s battle with cancer.

Jockeys wore pink silks for the fifth race, which was named after Horses and Hope, and the First Lady posed for a special photo with survivors in the winner’s circle following the race.

The Horses and Hope program was founded by Mrs. Beshear and the Kentucky Cancer Program in 2008. The organization works with the state’s equine industry to provide breast cancer education, screening and treatment referral. They also host special events in collaboration with equestrian organizations to honor breast cancer survivors and to share information.

Since 2008, Horses and Hope has hosted breast cancer race days at major racetracks across the state and has educated more than 500,000 race track and horse show fans and around 6,000 equine employees. The program has screened more than 350 workers and detected breast cancer in two individuals, both of whom have received treatment.

According to the Kentucky Cancer Registry, breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among women in the Commonwealth.

For more information about Horses and Hope, visit