Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Breast cancer survivors to be honored at Belmont Park on Saturday

The New York Racing Association, Inc.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014


Contact: John Durso, Jr.

Director of Communications




Breast cancer survivors to be honored at Belmont Park on Saturday


ELMONT, N.Y. - In conjunction with the start of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the New York Racing Association will be publicly recognizing the courage of breast cancer survivors at Belmont Park on Saturday.


Honorees, who consist of New York Racing Association employees, members of the local community and racing fans from across the tri-state region, will gather for a group photo at 12:25 p.m. in the Belmont Park winner's circle. They will also be presenting the winning trophies for Saturday's first three races, which are scheduled to start at 12:50 p.m.


All honorees will be participating in a private family lunch hosted by the New York Racing Association prior to the start of the day's races, and will have their names displayed on Belmont Park's infield tote board during the course of the day.


"For many of us at the New York Racing Association, we are all too familiar with the devastating impact that this disease has wrought on our friends, our family, our neighbors and our colleagues," stated Lynn LaRocca, Senior Vice President and Chief Experience Officer. "At the same time, we also collectively stand in awe at the resolve demonstrated by those who continue to defy the odds. The courageous women joining us on Saturday exemplify this spirit."


The New York Racing Association will be offering free admission to Belmont Park on Saturday for all guests wearing pink. Donation tables benefitting the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) will be set up in the festival tent and in the Clubhouse lobby, with pink ribbons and bracelets available at both locations for guests.


Additionally, all proceeds from Saturday's inaugural Belmont Park Chili Festival will be donated to the BCRF. For a $10 donation, guests will sample and vote for the best chili from five local restaurants: Park Place, Shackleton's, Dee Dee's Luncheonette, Tulip Catering and Murphy's Bar and Grill. The festival will taking place in the festival tent between noon and 4 p.m., with the winner announced following the completion of the seventh race.


Jockeys participating in Saturday's races will be wearing pink armbands in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Pink flowers, bunting and carpeting also will be found throughout Belmont Park on Saturday.


For more information regarding Saturday's activities and upcoming special events at Belmont Park, please visit



About The New York Racing Association


Founded in 1955 and franchised to run thoroughbred racing at Aqueduct Racetrack, Belmont Park, and Saratoga Race Course through 2033, the New York Racing Association, Inc. is a not-for-profit, non-dividend paying corporation governed by a Board of Directors, whose members receive no compensation or dividends. The host of the Belmont Stakes, the third leg of thoroughbred racing's "Triple Crown", New York Racing Association tracks are the cornerstone of New York's thoroughbred business; a sport industry segment which provides approximately 17,000 jobs and contributes more than $2 billion annually to New York State's urban, suburban and rural economy.





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