BALTIMORE, February 28, 2011---For the second consecutive year, Pimlico Race Course and the Maryland Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, the world’s largest breast cancer organization, announced today a partnership to raise funds to aid awareness and research to take place on Black-Eyed Susan Day, Friday, May 20, 2011. Seventy-five percent of the funds raised will go to the Komen Maryland Affiliate to use for community outreach programs in Maryland and twenty-five percent will be used for life-saving breast cancer research.
In addition to the 87th running of the $250,000 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (Grade 2) for 3-year-old fillies, the day will feature an encore performance by retired female riders in the Lady Legends For the Cure Race II™ and a jockey challenge with six of the top active lady riders. The Black-Eyed Susan Stakes will be broadcast live on VERSUS.
“We are pleased to partner with the Maryland Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure for the second straight year to fight breast cancer,” said Maryland Jockey Club president Tom Chuckas.“The inaugural People’s Pink Partyraised $100,000 for Komen last year and featured the historic Lady Legends Race, one of the highlights of Preakness weekend 2010. The eight retired riders created a buzz around the track, generating interest and excitement that energized fans. Switching the jockey challenge to an all-female format will add spark to the Preakness Eve event. We look forward to another dynamic and worthwhile Black-Eyed Susan Day and thank everyone for their support of an organization truly making a difference in the lives of those impacted by breast cancer.”
Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer. In 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen for the Cure and it launched the global breast cancer movement. Today, the organization is the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors.
“Komen Maryland is delighted to again take part in the Black-Eyed Susan Festivities,” stated Robin Prothro, Executive Director of Komen Maryland. “This partnership provides a generous platform for people to better understand the education, screening and treatment programs provided by our grantees in communities throughout the state and the financial support we provide for national research at Maryland institutions. We look forward to working jointly with the Maryland Jockey Club as we strive to create a world without breast cancer.”
The Lady Legends For the Cure Race
The 2010 Lady Legends For the Cure Race™ was the first ever pari-mutuel race showcasing retired female riders, two of whom are breast cancer survivors. Profiled on NBC Sports, the race was also filmed as the climatic ending to the feature length documentary in production, JOCK, chronicling the story of the first generation of lady jockeys.
Gwen Jocson won the inaugural race aboard Honor in Peace for her 764th career victory. Jocson, who won 376 races in 1991 on the Philadelphia Park-Atlantic City circuit, tore ligaments in her hand while exercising for John Servis earlier this winter and will not defend her title.
The 2011 field features the seven other initial participants plus Abby Fuller.
The 2011 race will include $20,000 in bonus prizes. In addition to her earnings in the race, the winner will receive another $6,000. Other prize money: $4,000 (second), $3,000 (third), $2,500 (fourth), $1,500 (fifth) and $1,000 (sixth through eighth). Pimlico will match the amount wagered on the 2011 winner and make a contribution to Komen Maryland.
“I am so looking forward to this. The outpouring of support was unbelievableand it will be hard to duplicate,” said Wiley-Wagner, wife of Maryland Jockey Club starter Bruce Wagner. “The thing I will do differently this year is spend more time with the other Lady Legends. Andrea, Jennifer and I were training at Laurel and we missed out on a lot of the antics at Pimlico earlier in the week. Who would have thought Barbara Jo Rubin, in her early 60’s, would be such a character? She, her husband Gordy, PJ Cooksey and all the others. This is the classiest group of women I have ever had the good fortune to meet and ride with. We are going to have great fun again.”
Female Jockey Challenge
While the 2011 The People’s Pink Party welcomes back many traditions established in 2010, it will also add a new one, a Jockey's Challenge featuring six of the world’s top female jockeys competing in four races with points awarded based upon their finish.
The jockey with the most points at the end of a four-race competition will be crowned champion. Riding assignments are determined by a drawing Sunday, May 15, and jockeys receive points for finishing first (12 points), second (6), third (4) and fourth (3) in each race.The champion jockey will earn $10,000. Other prize money: $7,000 (second), $6,000 (third), $4,000 (fourth), $2,000 (fifth) and $1,000 (sixth).
The six riders who agreed to take part are in alphabetical order:
“I am really looking forward to riding against the best girls in the world. It should be competitive,” said Napravnik, who competed in last year’s challenge against seven male riders. “When I hit the head of the lane next to a guy I am very competitive but if it is any other female rider it is on. I don’t want any girls beating me. I love riding at Pimlico. The one big race I want to win is the Preakness because the track is home to me.”
All 14 Lady Legends and Jockey Challenge riders will take part in an autograph session prior to the card.
The People’s Pink Party
The People’s Pink Party will welcome 87 breast cancer survivors as guests to Pimlico, where they will be honored in festivities throughout the day, including a special winners’ circle tribute, and a live performance in the Turfside Terrace section by music stars, Steel Magnolia, courtesy of WPOC 93.1, the official radio sponsor of the event. The country music duo's debut single "Keep On Lovin' You" peaked at number four on the charts.
In recognition of Komen Maryland’s signature shade, Pimlico will be awash in pink on Black-Eyed Susan Day. The horses and pony riders on the track will sport pink saddletowels displaying the unity logo created exclusively to commemorate the day. Additionally, with the valets and starters proudly decked in pink gear, and the colorful linens, flowers and banners blanketing Pimlico, the signature shade of pink will artfully brand the day.
Pimlico will donate to Komen Maryland 10% of all Black-Eyed Susan Turfside Terrace ticket sales, including the Friday portion of the two-day Terrace ticket. Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com.
The Miss Preakness Pink Warrior returns for a second consecutive year, recognizing breast cancer survivors and individuals who have made a difference in the lives of those fighting breast cancer. The winner, chosen in part through an on-line, interactive process featuring the contestant’s own stories, will be crowned Miss Preakness Pink Warrior in recognition of the popular anthem, “Pink Warrior”, celebrating the war against breast cancer, written and performed by Candy Coburn. Miss Preakness Pink Warrior will serve as the official ambassador of the Preakness, representing the Maryland Jockey Club at Preakness events throughout the week, including the presentation of the Woodlawn Vase on the storied cupola following the 136th Preakness Stakes® on Saturday, May 21.
The “Down the Stretch for SGK” Preakness 5k Race, organized by Corrigan Sports, will be run Saturday, May 14, with a new twist. In 2010, for the first time ever, runners circled the iconic track at Pimlico. This year, runners will run the entire race within the grounds at Pimlico Race Course.
For more information on Pimlico Race Course and the partnership with the Maryland Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, please visit www.preakness.com.
About Pimlico Race Course
Historic Pimlico Race Course, home of the Preakness Stakes®, the middle jewel in horse racing's famed Triple Crown, first opened its doors on October 25, 1870, and is the second oldest racetrack in the United States. Pimlico has played host to racing icons and Baltimoreans have seen the likes of legendary horses such as Man o’ War, Seabiscuit, Secretariat, Affirmed and Cigar thunder down the stretch in thrilling and memorable competition. For more information on Pimlico, visit www.pimlico.com.
About Susan G. Komen for the Cure®
Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen for the Cure and launched the global breast cancer movement. Today, Komen for the Cure is the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. Thanks to events like the Komen Race for the Cure®, we have invested nearly $1.9 billion to fulfill our promise, becoming the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world. For more information about Susan G. Komen for the Cure, breast health or breast cancer, visit www.komen.org or call 1-877 GO KOMEN.