Thursday, February 18, 2010

Churchill repeating Oaks Day cancer benefit

Marty McGee,
Daily Racing Form

A Kentucky Oaks Day fund-raiser to benefit breast cancer awareness and research will be held for the second straight year when the filly classic is run April 30 for the 136th time at Churchill Downs, track officials announced Wednesday morning at a media conference at the Louisville, Ky., track.

Churchill again will donate $1 for every Oaks Day admission to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the world's largest breast cancer organization, while encouraging all attendees to incorporate pink into their attire to show their support. The Oaks again will be televised live by the Bravo cable network on a one-hour show (5-6 p.m. Eastern), with fashion, cuisine, the celebrity experience, and other aspects of Oaks Day being featured.

Churchill also will donate $1 for every sale of a drink called "Oaks Lillies" to the Horses and Hope organization headed by Jane Beshear, the first lady of Kentucky. Horses and Hope, which offers breast cancer screening and education to those employed in the Kentucky horse industry, was founded in 2008.

Oaks Day attendance last year was 104,867.

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