The Lady Legends for the Cure IV, presented by Wells Fargo, is a highlight of "The People's Pink Party," a joint effort between Pimlico Race Course and the Susan G. Komen Foundation for the Cure, the world's largest breast cancer organization.
The event was created in 2010 to help raise money and awareness in the fight against the disease. The race returns for the fourth consecutive year May 17, on the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (gr. II) undercard and brings together an elite group of eight retired female champion riders.
Pimlico will match the on-track amount wagered on the Lady Legends winner and make a contribution to the Maryland affiliate of the Susan B. Komen Foundation.
The fourth race on the card, this year's Lady Legends race is a $52,000 allowance on the main track at six furlongs that includes six also-eligibles. The 5-2 morning line favorite is Grain, who will be ridden by event newcomer Stacie Clark-Rogers.
Returning, fourth-year Lady Legends include Barbara Jo Rubin, the first woman to win a pari-mutuel race against her male counterparts and to be named to ride in the Kentucky Derby; Patti "PJ" Cooksey, a breast cancer survivor and one of only two women to ride in both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness; Mary Russ-Tortora, the first female to win a grade I stakes; Cheryl White, the first African-American female jockey; and Jennifer Rowland-Small, the defending Lady Legends winner who was the top pioneer female rider in Maryland during the 1970s. Zoe Cadman, an on-air analyst for HRTV who won 311 races from 2000-04, was added to the group last year.
They are joined this year by Abby Fuller, who in 1985 became the first woman to sweep New York's Triple Tiara with Mom's Command, a horse bred and owned by her father, Peter; and Clark-Rogers, a Sovereign Award nominee for top Canadian apprentice who rode 87 winners from 1993-96.
"It's great. Everyone's out there rooting for us, because we get back in shape to do this for charity," said Rubin. "It's wonderful. It's a lot of hard work, but it's for such a great cause."