The New York Racing Association has designated Friday, Aug. 19, as “Fabulous Fillies Day” at Saratoga Race Course, with events and activities designed to honor women of the Thoroughbred industry while raising funds to support The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
The first 25,000 fans through the admission gates will each receive a pink wristband, courtesy of BCRF. Saratoga Race Course will also feature a pink NYRA flag in flight overhead.
“Women are a central part of the summer racing season at Saratoga Race Course. We invite ladies to join us for a stylish and fun day at the track on Fabulous Fillies Day,” said NYRA director of community relations Joanne K. Adams.
The exciting “the Sizzling Hot Pink Saratoga Hat Luncheon” at 11:30 a.m. in the Upper Carousel. luncheon will feature guest speaker Larry Norton, MD, leading the discussion “Breast Cancer: How We Are Winning the Race.” Currently the deputy physician-in-chief for Breast Cancer Programs at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and medical director of the Evelyn H. Lauder Breast Center, Norton has served as scientific director of BCRF since its inception in 1993.
The luncheon will honor Anne Campbell, who is well-known for her extensive community service and role in the Thoroughbred racing community and is the wife of Dogwood Stable president Cot Campbell. The luncheon will also include a fashion presentation and a silent auction.
NYRA Vice President of Racing P.J. Campo will card several filly and mare overnight races in concert with the day’s theme. In each of the day’s corresponding races, the horses will wear pink saddle towels and grooms will be outfitted in pink jackets.
Donations to BCRF will be accepted throughout the day at the community outreach booth in front of the Jockey Silks Room, where BCRF executives and volunteers will be available to discuss the organization’s mission, goals and services.
Fabulous Fillies Day will take place on the eve of the running of the grade I TVG Alabama Stakes, Saratoga’s signature stakes race for 3-year-old fillies.