NYRA celebrates role of women in thoroughbred racing with Fabulous Fillies Day at Saratoga Race Course

WHAT:           The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) will celebrate the contributions of women to the thoroughbred industry while raising funds for The Breast Cancer Research Foundation Play for P.I.N.K. at the annual Fabulous Fillies Day.

WHEN:          Thursday, August 13

                        Gates open at 11 a.m.

11:30 a.m.

Sizzling Hot Pink Saratoga Hat Luncheon presented by Escada in the At the Rail Pavilion

12:30 p.m.

Formal remarks and presentation to honoree Barbara Banke during luncheon

3:45 p.m.

Named race in recognition of Barbara Banke, 2015 Fabulous Fillies Day honoree (Winner’s Circle)

4:18 p.m.

Named race and check presentation to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation and Play for P.I.N.K. (Winner’s Circle)                                         

WHERE:        Saratoga Race Course

267 Union Avenue

Saratoga Springs, New York

DETAILS:     The celebration will be highlighted on-track with decorative pink bunting and flowers, the iconic Sea Hero statue in the paddock will be draped with a pink horse blanket, and jockeys riding in the day’s card will wear pink armbands to commemorate the occasion.

Fans are encouraged to wear pink to show their support for breast cancer awareness. Guests will have the opportunity to make monetary donations to the BCRF at numerous areas throughout the track during the day. Guests who donate will receive a free pink breast cancer awareness wristband.

This year’s luncheon is in honor of Barbara Banke, owner of Stonestreet Farm and Stonestreet Stables which has campaigned Horses of the Year Curlin and Rachel Alexandra, as well as Eclipse Award winner My Miss Aurelia and 2015 Longines Test Stakes winner Cavorting. A prominent attorney and breast cancer survivor, Banke serves as a global ambassador for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Ms. Banke will be presented with a Longines watch by NYRA CEO and President Chris Kay at the event

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