First Lady Jane Beshear's Communications Office
Gov. Beshear, First Lady attend Fourth-Annual ‘Horses and Hope Race Day’ at Churchill Downs

Press Release Date:  Sunday, November 20, 2011  
Contact Information:  Parry Barrows

LOUISVILLE, Ky.– Gov. Beshear and First Lady Jane Beshear today attended Churchill Downs’ fourth-annual “Horses and Hope Breast Cancer Race Day” in their continued efforts to raise breast cancer awareness and honor breast cancer survivors.

“Breast cancer remains the second leading cause of cancer deaths among Kentucky women,” said Mrs. Beshear. “Early detection is still the key to fighting this disease and race days, such as today’s event, are an exceptional way to inform Kentuckians about the risks of breast cancer and encourage women to get screened. Thank you to Churchill Downs for its partnership with Horses and Hope as we continue to support survivors and increase awareness across the Commonwealth.”

Today’s festivities included a luncheon buffet on Millionaires Row, handicapping tips for participants and a special Horses and Hope race named in honor of breast cancer survivors.  Gov. and Mrs. Beshear posed for a special photo with survivors in the winner’s circle following the race.

Mallory Ervin, Miss Kentucky 2009 and Miss America 2010 finalist, was Horses and Hopes’ featured guest at the event. Ervin is also known for competing with her father in two seasons of the “Amazing Race.”  She spoke today on her unique experiences and the similarities between battling opponents in a physical contest and battling cancer in the fight for life. 

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.

For more information about Horses and Hope, visit